Chris Clark

Kirknewton, United Kingdom

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Taken today Tuesday 21st of April 2009. The Evening Tide was running into the harbour.

Canon EOS 30D Lens 17-85mm IS USM

Edited in Lightroom and finished in CS2

Newhaven is a harbour village on the Firth of Forth, within the City of Edinburgh, Scotland, between Leith and Granton. It has about 5000 inhabitants..

It was part of the North Leith Parish being North of the river. It was once a thriving fishing village and a centre for shipbuilding. King James IV had wanted to build a Scottish navy, but the existing port of Leith had proved unsuitable for large warships.

In 1504 he created Newhaven as a deep-water port, which was used to build the warship Michael in 1507-11.

The Society of Free Fishermen of Newhaven dates from at least 1572 and was one of the oldest friendly societies in Scotland.3 It survived until 1989. Many of the Forth shipping pilot boats were based here.

The village was once connected to the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway that ran to Edinburgh and Leith, but it was shut down in 1956. However, efforts are underway to revive it.

Between 1572 and 1890, Newhaven was a major oyster port. A lighthouse was built in 1869. The structure has since fallen into disuse. Newhaven’s harbour is now dwarfed by the enlarged Leith Harbour. The once thriving Fishmarket is now converted into a smaller fishmarket (still in use), a Loch Fyne restaurant, and the Newhaven Heritage Museum.

The village also played its part in the birth of photography. David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson did many studies of the fishwives of Newhaven.

David Octavius Hill

Giclee Prints by David Octavius Hill & Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson

History of Newhaven was extracted from Wikipedia

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