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James Craig's New Town Plan 1767

The final plan for Edinburgh's New Town.

In 1767 a competition was held to design the planned New Town. The winner was a relatively unknown young architect called James Craig.

Craig's initial plan showed streets in the shape of a Union Jack, but this was later changed to a more suitbale grid pattern. The patriotic theme continued though, with Queen Street, George Street and Princes Street named in honour of the royal family, and Rose and Thistle Streets after national emblems.

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