Edinburgh Neighbourhood Spotlight: Fountainbridge
It’s situated less than half a mile from Edinburgh’s Princes Street, so it is just a ten-minute walk into the city centre for those choosing to live in Fountainbridge. A plethora of Edinburgh’s most famous attractions are within a mile, and Lothian Road’s theatres, concert hall and cinemas are well within walking distance.
Edinburgh Neighbourhood Spotlight: Fountainbridge Property
The area itself has plenty of facilities, including a library, coffee shops, restaurants, bars, banks, shops and a post office. There is also the Fountain Park Entertainment Centre, complete with Cineworld cinema, Virgin Active gym, ten-pin bowling alley, Genting Casino, bars, restaurants and a Gambado kids’ soft-play area.
It is the ideal place to live for those working in the Canal Basin development nearby, which boasts offices, restaurants, bars and a supermarket, and those working anywhere in the city or even further afield. There are excellent transport links for those commuting to work and travelling for leisure, including the links offered by the nearby Haymarket train station.
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One of Fountainbridge’s most famous former residents is the actor Sean Connery, who was born and raised in the area. This explains why the Hollywood star chose to name his own production company Fountainbridge Films, although the company is no longer in operation.
Another of the area’s claims to fame centres on a company that dominated the history of the locality for many years. The North British Rubber Company was set up in 1856 and for more than five generations employed thousands of people to work on its 20-acre site. It manufactured everything from the first Wellington boots to Thomson traction engine wheels. During the First World War, the War Office chose the company to produce the trench boots it had designed, and at the height of production, 2,750 pairs were manufactured each day.
The Second World War created another boom in production with the creation of barrage balloon fabrics and millions of gas masks for civilian use. In 1958, the firm manufactured the first ever traffic cones in Britain, to be used on the M6, but the company was taken over and amalgamated, leading to it relocating to Newbridge in 1966.
The North British Company site became home to the Fountain Brewery in 1973, but this was demolished in 2011 to form part of a regeneration and redevelopment scheme involving Edinburgh Quay and the creation of the Fountain Park centre. Fountainbridge has now left its industrial heritage behind, however, and the traditional tenements have been transformed into modern homes, ranging from luxury apartments to student accommodation.
There are many schools in the area, ranging from independent schools to kindergarten facilities. Amongst the educational establishments within a mile of Fountainbridge are Broughton Primary School, Stockbridge Primary, St Mary’s Primary, Tollcross Primary, Flora Stevenson Primary and Royal Mile Primary School. For secondary-age students, there is the Basil Paterson School, St. Thomas of Aquinas High School, Drummond Community High School, Broughton High School and Wallace College. There are enough other schools, colleges and universities nearby to meet almost any educational need.
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