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Newhaven is a harbour village on the Firth of Forth, within the City of Edinburgh, Scotland, between Leith and Granton. It has about 5000 inhabitants.

Newhaven is a conservation area, about two miles to the north of Edinburgh city centre. Newhaven is one of 38 Conservation Areas in Edinburgh. The Newhaven Conservation Area was designated in 1977.[1]

Victoria Primary School, established in the 1850s, is a historic building in Newhaven Main Street, and is the oldest local authority Primary School still in use within in the City of Edinburgh. It has a school roll of around 120 children.

The new Western Harbour development extends north into the Firth of Forth from Newhaven. It is also the home of Next Generation Sports Centre (now named David Lloyd Newhaven Harbour), where the tennis player Andy Murray regularly played as a youngster.


Newhaven East Pier and Lighthouse viewed from Western Harbour breakwater.
'His Faither's Breeks', a Newhaven boy, by Robert Adamson and David Octavius Hill, 1843-1847; from the collection of the National Galleries of ScotlandIt was part of the North Leith Parish being North of the river. It was once a thriving fishing village and a centre for shipbuilding. King James IV had wanted to build a Scottish navy, but the existing port of Leith had proved unsuitable for large warships. In 1504 he created Newhaven as a deep-water port, which was used to build the warship Michael in 1507-11.

Many of the founding families came from across the North Sea bringing their shipbuilding and rope making skills and customs and dress with them. As a result the town was well documented in photographs with many of the earliest photos being taken of the people in the area.[2]

The Society of Free Fishermen of Newhaven dates from at least 1572 and was one of the oldest friendly societies in Scotland.[3] It survived until 1989. Many of the Forth shipping pilot boats were based here.

The village was once connected to the Edinburgh, Leith and Newhaven Railway that ran to Edinburgh and Leith, but it was shut down in 1956.

Between 1572 and 1890, Newhaven was a major oyster port. A lighthouse was built in 1869. The structure has since fallen into disuse. Newhaven's harbour is now dwarfed by the enlarged Leith Harbour. The once thriving Fishmarket is now converted into a smaller fishmarket (still in use), a Loch Fyne restaurant, and the Newhaven Heritage Museum.

The village also played its part in the birth of photography. David Octavius Hill and Robert Adamson did many studies of the fishwives of Newhaven.

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