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The Place

Why do we love it?

It’s a piece of history that few of us can ever see unless we make the journey below ground and its atmosphere is altogether different from the building above it.

What do we want people to use it for?

We want it be a place of social gathering as it was in the hundreds of years before. Many of the city’s most learned people congregated in Parliament Close, many of whom drank coffee at John’s Coffee House below.

How will we use it?

Magicians, storytelling, inspiring speakers, craft drinks tastings and more….

The Story of The Lost Close

The Great Edinburgh fire of 1824 destroyed Parliament Close and everything below it.

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On top they built the magnificent Georgian building that stands today, formally a Police Court with jails for the locals of Edinburgh who had “misbehaved”…

In fact, in the attic of our building we have one of the first water pumps ever built to protect against future fires. A statue of James Braidwood, the founding father of the world’s first fire department stands proudly outside our building.

However, what was left underground is still a mystery and only by looking at maps pre-1824 can we truly understand what was there before and after….

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Before

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After

In the old maps we can see Closes, living quarters, taverns and even the Royal Bank.

Steil’s Close regularly features in the maps pre-1824 and disappears thereafter. This is the same with Royal Bank Close and Hangman’s Close. They all led into Old Fishmarket Close which still stands today.

We can’t say for definite which Close we have but we can say it is a Close…why?

It has gradual steps down on foundation stone and leads to a clear arch for those to walk through towards Old Fishmarket Close.

Any burning questions?

Drop us a line if you have any questions about our events.

We can also organise private events for groups, please get in touch if you'd like to find out more.

Also get in touch with us if you'd like to perform at The Lost Close!