Sunday, 13 March 2011

Footbridge and Grotto


This is a little footbridge over a tributary of the Water of Leith. The stone building is one of the three Ladies' Grottos near this part of the river. These grottos were built in the 1750s by Robert Bowie who was the landscape gardener for the Redhall Estate who owned this area in those days. The purpose of the grottos was to give the ladies somewhere to rest while their menfolk go hunting.
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19 comments:

joo said...

Such a romantic and mysterious place:)

Jade said...

Lovely place--looks like a great setting for a marriage proposal (or even a wedding, for that matter!)

VioletSky said...

it looks like an almost wild and overgrown forest.

Small City Scenes said...

A very nice footbridge and I love the Ladies grottos. What a masculine idea. LOL MB

Genie said...

I think I would like to have lived during that era. I guess the men wanted their ladies to be happy while they were out and about. I can’t help but wonder what the ladies talked about when they were in the grotto. Would love to have been a fly on the wall back then. Your capture of this romantic scene is lovely.

Luna Miranda said...

i love how you framed this footbridge. this must be a beautiful area. the stone grotto is quite interesting.

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

such lovely history and a tranquil setting

Woody said...

Such a great story! It was kind of Mr. Bowie to build such a place.

cieldequimper said...

I can hear the rustle of dresses and giggling!

EG Wow said...

I'm sure I would enjoy crossing this bridge to check out the grottos. Times sure have changed, haven't they?

bunnits said...

Lovely photo. It takes you back to another time.

Rabbits' Guy said...

They talked about men! Duh!

Glo said...

An interesting glimpse of times gone by, and how picturesque it is even today. Thanks for the history to go along with the photo :)

gabriellebryden said...

Ah so lovely!

PurestGreen said...

I know that little hut very well as I have passed it often on my walks. I always imagined it as a hermit's small dwelling. I love how the inside window looks out over the water.

joanne May said...

Thanks for sharing this nice information about the grotto. It's good to know about these wonderful places to visit.
There is a lovely grotto at Stourhead gardens too!
I hope to be out and about this year to see the National Trust homes and gardens.
Have a good week!
Jo.

Caroline Gill said...

One of those times when I feel the women got the better deal!

Cathy said...

What a lovely idea. Somewhere for the ladies to rest. I would much rather do that than be involved in hunting. Perhaps women didn't hunt in those days though. Wouldn't it be lovely to go back in the past to hear their conversations?

Marvin said...

What a lovely location and neat little bridge.