CharlestonAt first glance Charlestown appears like any other village, but if you look closely, the original cottages were laid out in the shape of the letters C and E. This was done because the village of Charlestown was built by Charles Elgin in the mid 18th Century.   The village was built to house the workers to the lime kilns that he constructed around the area. At one time Charlestown was the biggest producer of lime in Europe and it supplied a great deal of the lime used to construct the New Town of Edinburgh. At its peak the kilns produced 30% of the building lime used throughout the UK.


Look out for the largest building in the village – the old granary which is now the village shop. You can still see the pulley on the outside wall that was used to move the sacks of flour. Close by, in the Charlestown Workshops, is the Scottish Lime Centre,  a visitor centre that explains the important role that the lime industry had on the area.

 

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