Leith Local History Society

The signal tower

colour photograph of the signal tower at Shore / Tower Street corner

The signal tower

Photo: D King; Date: 25/06/2012

The signal tower
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The Signal Tower stands on the corner of The Shore and Tower Street. It is one of the oldest buildings in Leith. It was built in 1685-86 by Robert Mylne. Originally it was a windmill.

In 1805 its domed roof and sails were removed and it was topped by battlements. it was used as a signal tower from which flags were displayed to let ships entering the harbour know the depth of water at the harbour bar.