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main image Craigleith quarry, Edinburgh
Craigleith was the largest and best known of the quarries serving Edinburgh. It was active from the early 17th century and its stone was used to build much of the New Town.

The quarry was at its busiest in the early 19th century. The rock was cloven with wedges. Drainage was then carried out by a horse-powered pump, but steam engines were in use by the-mid 19th century.

After 1850, the quarry's use declined, because of a preference for more easily worked stone from West Lothian. By 1892, the quarry was over 60m deep and covered nearly three hectares.

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