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Telfer Wall, Edinburgh

Telfer Wall, Edinburgh

If you would like to see a real part of ancient Edinburgh you should go to Heriot Place where you will find one of the only remaining stretches of the Telfer Wall.

The Old Town once had three defensive walls. The first wasn’t very extensive, but it protected the denizens of the area around the High Street. After the Battle of Flodden, the people realised that only part of their town was protected and in 1513 they built the Flodden Wall.

By the 17th century, the wall was showing signs of age, shoddy workmanship and was too small to defend the growing town, so the last fortification was built in 1630 – the Telfer Wall, built to the south of the Flodden Wall.

Unfortunately, today not much of these fortifications remain, and the gateways or ports as they were called, have been knocked down. Parts of the Flodden Wall can be seen in the Royal Scottish Museum, but the Heriot Society managed to preserve one corner tower from the Flodden Wall and a long stretch of the Telfer Wall along Heriot Place.

During excavations at the base of the Wall in 1850, a well preserved bronze Roman coin, dating back to the time of Constantine the Great, was discovered. Further excavations revealed two coffins fashioned out of oak trunks; the exterior of the coffins was rough wood, but the interiors were hollowed out to receive the head and arms of a man and a woman.

Between the coffins, the skull and antlers of an enormous deer were discovered, along with a spearhead made of horn. The burial site is thought to date back to the 3rd century. The remains of the humans disintegrated when attempts were made to remove them from the “coffins”, but the deer’s skull can be seen in the Royal Scottish Museum.

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Sight Name: Telfer Wall
Sight Location: Edinburgh, Scotland
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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