A quality giclee print taken from an original pastel drawing of World's End Close by Carolanne Jardine.
World’s End Close sits on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile at the bottom of the High Street just before the start of the Canongate. There was once a fishmarket here and the close was once called Swifts Close after John Swyft in 1427.
The name is thought to relate to the city wall (or Flodden Wall) and the Netherbow Port – a large gatehouse which was built into the wall in the 16th century. The gatehouse marked the edge of the city and you had to pay to pass through it. Consequently, poor people never passed the wall and thought of this place as ‘the World’s End’. Outside of the wall was a rough and dangerous area and the practice of mounting prisoners’ heads on spikes and displaying them on the gate only added to the atmosphere.
In the 1970s, this area was the scene of what became known as ‘the World’s End Murders’.
Item dimensions are as follows:
Actual image size 25.5cm x 10cm (size including mount 30.5cm x 15cm)
This item is an archive quality giclee print supplied in a quality mount with a cellophane wrapping so it is ready for your choice of frame or to give as a gift. It also features a little history blurb on the back giving some information for the recipient to enjoy.