The Beehive Inn in the Grassmarket is one of Edinburgh’s oldest public houses, and incorporates a grim reminder of the city’s past.
Look carefully as you walk up the stairs to the restaurant and you will see a substantial door, totally out of place inside a pub. This is the door of the condemned cell from Calton Jail, which was demolished in 1935. The cell once held men like the notorious William Burke, and Eugene Chantrelle the George Street poisoner.
St Andrew’s House, one of the offices of the Scottish Government, now occupies the site of the jail, but the cell door is not the only relic of its past. Ten men executed for murder still lie buried under St Andrew’s House car park.