Located close to the Old Town on the South Side of Edinburgh, ‘Blacket’ forms the core of the Newington area of the City, adjacent to Minto Street, part of the new road which was driven south from the east end of Princes Street in the early 19th century. Much of Blacket’s then - largely-rural site was, from that time, developed to an overall plan which provided for the handsome range of villas, set in individual gardens with a fine range of now-mature trees, that characterise the central part of the site. These are, in turn, complemented by attractive slightly earlier period houses to the west and some significant larger mansions to the east, adjacent to Holyrood Park.
Almost without exception, the properties across Blacket were designed and constructed in stone. The district became, in 1972, the first part of the City of Edinburgh to be designated a Conservation Area in recognition of its unique architectural and historic qualities.
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