Edinburgh Castle, Crane Cradle

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Alternative Names Crane Bastion; Wallace's Cradle
Site Type PLATFORM
Canmore ID 52073
Site Number NT27SE 1.13
NGR NT 25074 73582
Council EDINBURGH, CITY OF
Parish EDINBURGH (EDINBURGH, CITY OF)
Former Region LOTHIAN
Former District CITY OF EDINBURGH
Former County MIDLOTHIAN
Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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Archaeological Notes

NT27SE 1.13 25074 73582

Well-House Cradle (NR) (Ruins of).
OS 1/1250 plan, (1947).

Name changed from Wallace's Cradle. (Ruins of)
Information from OS recorder (AL) 14 December 1950.

A platform, half-way up a fissure in the rock, immediately above the Well-House Tower (Midlothian 3 NE 1.12) which is known as the Crane Bastion, or popularly as Wallace's Cradle (RCAHMS 1951). On this
bastion stood the crane used in bringing up the water from the Well-house...(J S Richardson and M Wood 1948).
Visited by OS(JLD) 23 October 1953.

(NT 2508 7359) Well as described above
Visited by OS(JLD) 29 December 1953.

Crane Cradle (NR).
Information from OS recorder (DT) 16 June 1955.

A platform c 3-5m x 2.0m constructed of rubble masonry situated c 15.0m up on the steep N face of Edinburgh Castle rock.
Visited by OS(SFS) 10 November 1975.

 
Books and References

RCAHMS (1951) The Royal Commission on the Ancient Monuments of Scotland. An inventory of the ancient and historical monuments of the city of Edinburgh with the thirteenth report of the Commission, Edinburgh
Page(s): 12, No.1 Held at RCAHMS A.1.1.INV/13

Richardson and Wood, J S and M (1948b) The Castle of Edinburgh, Edinburgh
Page(s): 14 Held at RCAHMS D.8.41.CAS.P

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