A SHORT HISTORY: THE LIFE OF THE COWGATE
With a timeline checkered by both periods of extravagant affluence and starving poverty, Edinburgh’s Cowgate has served the rich and poor, nomads and town’s people, and has built a distinctive character through marks left with each re-birth. We’re building towards a new chapter for the peppered history of Edinburgh’s second oldest street, influenced by each turn of it’s glamorous and gloomy past.
1500 and the ‘Cowgate’ was just that – a passage to filter cattle down towards the castle which loomed over the lower classes, behind the grand walls. As time passed the foot of the castle grew into a bustling ‘Grass Market’, with stalls peppering their way down The Cowgate. Around 1500’s it flourished into a fashionable address, with the homes known as the ‘Palaces of The Cowgate’.
By the 18th century Edinburgh’s Royal Mile had bloomed along either side of the hilltop leading to the castle gates – while the Cowgate began to sink into a black market, becoming the city’s underbelly. The trade and traffic of The Cowgate had attracted the merchants, gamblers, thieves, jesters and ladies of the night, creating an infamous melting pot of mischief.
Throughout the 19th century it’s planned renovations were knocked back with everything from fires to demolitions and gas explosions, relegating it further from its former glory. As the city’s nightlife evolved, the area has boomed with large looming churches converted into trendy accommodation. As we open the doors to House of Gods, another chapter in the stippled history of Edinburgh's second oldest street will begin.
By way of reclaimed, lavish materials, an eye for detail and an unparalleled taste for design which is rarely met by today’s standards, we are bringing a luxurious experience back to the everyday world of these streets.