On Royal Mile History Gallery Festivals Maps Links Off Royal Mile Advertise
World's End Close

WORLD'S END CLOSE

So called because this literally was the end of most people's world.

Situated just inside the Netherbow gate, poorer residence who couldn't afford the entrance fee back into the city stayed there whole lives within the confines of the City Walls.

The area once a Fishmarket, was first known as Swift's Close after John Swyft in 1427.

Later it was renamed Stanfield's Close after Sir James Stanfield of Amisfield. His death by drowning was discovered to be a matter of foul play and his son Philip executed.

Whether he was the guilty party is uncertain given the 'unsafe' methods employed to extract evidence and confessions, collectively termed 'the ordeal of blood'.

 ROYAL MILE CLOSES      HIGH STREET MAP
Home

chameleon design