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15 legendary Edinburgh institutions that are gone but not forgotten

Edinburgh has witnessed scores of institutions vanish over the years, never to return.

But while these institutions may have bitten the dust, our collective memories of them will never fade. From Brattisani's wonderful fish and chips to the great engineering works at Ferranti, we take a look at 15 legendary social institutions from around Edinburgh that are gone but not forgotten.

Although not Edinburgh-founded, electrical engineering firm Ferranti opened a factory at Crewe Toll in the 1940s. Works team Ferranti Thistle today ply their trade as Livingston FC.

5. Ferranti

Although not Edinburgh-founded, electrical engineering firm Ferranti opened a factory at Crewe Toll in the 1940s. Works team Ferranti Thistle today ply their trade as Livingston FC.
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Founded in 1918, Leith's Henry Robb shipyard employed thousands in the shipbuilding industry. The yard closed in 1984 with the Ocean Terminal shopping centre now occupying much of its footprint.

6. Henry Robb shipyard

Founded in 1918, Leith's Henry Robb shipyard employed thousands in the shipbuilding industry. The yard closed in 1984 with the Ocean Terminal shopping centre now occupying much of its footprint.
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Regarded by many as serving the best fish and chips in town, Brattisani's outlets could be found all over the city, but it was the shop at Newington Road - close to the Commonwealth Pool - that is the most memorable.

7. Brattisani fish and chips

Regarded by many as serving the best fish and chips in town, Brattisani's outlets could be found all over the city, but it was the shop at Newington Road - close to the Commonwealth Pool - that is the most memorable.
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Over the years, countless marriages were forged from couples meeting at the Palais de Danse. Converted into a Mecca bingo hall in the 1960s, the building was demolished in 2016.

8. Palais de Danse, Fountainbridge

Over the years, countless marriages were forged from couples meeting at the Palais de Danse. Converted into a Mecca bingo hall in the 1960s, the building was demolished in 2016.
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