White Horse Close - B&W by Tom Gomez

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An Historic Scotland Category B Listed Building

Taken during our latest Scottish Bubblemeet to Fife (Saturday 19th March 2011) and Edinburgh (Sunday 20th March 2011).

I took this shot in the morning while on my way to meet up with my fellow bubblers on the Sunday outing in Edinburgh.

Located towards the eastern end of the Canongate at the bottom of the Royal Mile, not far from Holyrood Palace, is one of the most picturesque closes (or passageways) of Edinburgh’s Old Town. Despite its ‘olde-worlde’ appearance, most of White Horse Close is rather more recent than the 1623 date it displays. In fact this date-stone was modified in the 1930s, having previously recorded an implausible 1523.

This was the site of the Royal Mews in the sixteenth century, and later was known by several names including Laurence Ord’s Close and Davidson’s Close. Ord rebuilt the existing tenement and erected the White Horse Inn and coaching stables in 1623 which he named in honour of Mary, Queen of Scots white palfrey. It was from here that the coach left Edinburgh for London. The journey took a week. Prince Charles Edward Stuart’s officers were quartered at the Inn when they entered Edinburgh in 1745.

The current name, White Horse Close, is probably derived from the name of the Inn.

The close was rebuilt as worker’s houses in 1889 and completely reconstructed in the vernacular style by Frank Mears & Partners (1961-4). The result is described by Gifford et. al. in the Edinburgh volume of the ‘Buildings of Scotland’ as so blatantly fake that it can be acquitted of any intention to deceive, but remains a small fantasy worth experiencing.

William Dick (1793 – 1866), founder of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies (now part of the University of Edinburgh) was born here.

The buildings in White Horse Close are part of a group of buildings which are Category B Listed by Historic Scotland (HB Number 28427).

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Camera: Canon EOS 60D
Lens: Canon EF-S 17-85mm IS USM


Single RAW image Tonemapped in Photomatix 4.0.2.

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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  • Jadon
    Jadonover 3 years ago

    Brilliant in B&W mate…

  • Cheers Jase, the sky was pretty flat so mono seemed the way to go …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Don Alexander Lumsden (Echo7)
    Don Alexander ...over 3 years ago

    Looks great in Mono Tom. Great choice

  • Cheers Don, much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

  • fauselr
    fauselrover 3 years ago

    very nice

  • Thank you kindly Ray …

    – Tom Gomez

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1over 3 years ago

    lovely Tom!

  • Thank you dear Cheryl …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Martina Fagan
    Martina Faganover 3 years ago

    beautiful work Tom

  • Thank you so much Tina …

    – Tom Gomez

  • photogaryphy
    photogaryphyover 3 years ago

    Excellent shot Tom, looks superb in mono.

  • Thank you my friend …

    – Tom Gomez

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

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    Audrey Clarkeover 3 years ago

  • Valerie Anne Kelly
    Valerie Anne K...over 3 years ago

    A superb shot sweetheART a fabulous fave ;~} happy hippy hugglez

  • Thank you kindly dear Val …

    – Tom Gomez

  • wildone
    wildoneover 3 years ago

    beautiful work

  • Very much appreciated …

    – Tom Gomez

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