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Fleshmarket Close was named after Butchers who worked here, then called 'Fleshers'. This close was a busy meat market and very busy.
Animals would be taken up the Cowgate up to the High Street, and slaughtered down at the foot of this Close, where Princes Street Gardens is today, then it was a man made Loch, named the Nor' Loch.
Animal carcuses were thrown into the loch, with all the blood running down from the close to the bottom. Before Cockburn Street was built, this close would stretch down to the Nor' Loch (Princes Street Gardens).