Loanhead  Midlothian


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Loanhead like this:

Loanhead, a small town in Lasswade parish, Edinburghshire, 4½ furlongs from the North Esk's left bank, and 5 miles S by E of Edinburgh by road, but 10¼ by the Roslin and Glencorse branch of the North British railway. With charming environs, including a very romantic reach of the North Esk's glen, it mainly consists of two streets, which join each other at an obtuse angle; and it contains a number of good houses, which serve as a summer retreat for some of the Edinburgh townsfolk, though its own population consists in great measure of miners and papermill-workers. ...

It communicates with Edinburgh by public coach as well as by railway; and has a post office, with money order, savings' bank, insurance, and telegraph departments, a branch of the British Linen Company's Bank, a water supply by pipes, a police station, a public school, and a subscription-library. Places of worship are an Established quoad sacra church, a Free church, a Reformed Presbyterian church (rebuilt 1875), and St Margaret's Roman Catholic church (1878). In Feb. 1884 it was proposed to make Loanhead a police burgh. Pop. (1861) 1310, (1871) 1759, (1881) 2493, of whom 1297 were males. Houses (1881) 465, 10 vacant, 14 building.—Ord. Sur., sh. 32, 1857.

Loanhead through time

Loanhead is now part of Midlothian district. Click here for graphs and data of how Midlothian has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Loanhead itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Loanhead in Midlothian | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 17th June 2024

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