Leith Kirkgate 1992.

26 photos showing Leith’s Newkirkgate shopping centre down the decades

The Newkirkgate has been at the heart of the Leith shopping experience for generations.

Built during the 1960s, the shopping centre replaced the ancient thoroughfare of the old Kirkgate, resulting in the loss of a number of buildings and a huge part of Leith’s heritage going back centuries. But out of the destruction rose a new heritage; a shopping centre that has now been at the heart of a local community for more than 50 years. From its genesis through to its many redevelopments, tweaks and facelifts, we delve into the archives and examine the many changes around Leith’s Newkirkgate down the decades..

Trinity House (left) in the Kirkgate.

5. Trinity House, Kirkgate, 1965

Trinity House (left) in the Kirkgate.
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The first new houses of the Kirkgate redevelopment.

6. The first new houses of the Kirkgate redevelopment, 1965

The first new houses of the Kirkgate redevelopment.
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Building on the new Kirkgate shopping centre in February 1966. Photo taken before Lord Provost Weatherstone laid the foundation stone.

7. The new Kirgate shopping centre site, 1966

Building on the new Kirkgate shopping centre in February 1966. Photo taken before Lord Provost Weatherstone laid the foundation stone.
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Construction of the Kirkgate development.

8. Construction of the new Kirkgate, March 1967

Construction of the Kirkgate development.
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