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Edinburgh’s Royal Mile has over 80 Closes and Wynds, or small laneways, each with a story to tell.
A Close is usually private while Wynds all lead off the Royal Mile to the North and South.
This Close is named after its infamous occupant, Deacon Brodie. Businessman by day and housebreaker by night, his double life was the inspiration behind Dr Jekkyl and Mr Hyde.
Lady Stair’s Close
This Close is known for its link to literary Edinburgh – the Writer’s Museum is located here. It is also a beautiful spot with a lovely square, with tributes to Muriel Spark among others.
Located in the Grassmarket, this Close is linked to the Porteous Riots, which came about in 1736 after the execution of Edinburgh merchant Andrew Wilson. Find out more about the Porteous Riots here.
World’s End Close
The ‘World’s End’ was literally that, the end of the city for people in Edinburgh. The World’s End Pub is located nearby, known for the 1970s World’s End Murders. The pub was the last known of sighting of two teenagers, Christine Eadie and Helen Scott.