Newcraighall is a southeastern suburb of Edinburgh, Scotland. A former mining village, its prosperity was based on the Midlothian coalfields. The Newcraighall pit was known as 'Klondyke' and closed in the 1960s, work transferring to nearby Bilston Glen and in particular the last-to-close (1998) Monktonhall pit. The village had a church, a Co-op and a miners club (demolished after a fire on 15 July 2009) and bowling green. Newcraighall now plays host to an out of town shopping complex known as The Fort or Kinnaird Park.Newcraighall railway station is on the newly reopened Borders railway which runs from Edinburgh to Tweedbank and was formerly part of the Waverley route to Carlisle its closure (Closed 5 January 1969) following the Beeching Report in 1963.Newcraighall was the setting for the film My childhood by Bill Douglas, There is a plaque to Bill Douglas in the village. The village also contains the bridge that is the famous scene from the film. The village also contains a sculpture by Jake Harvey which celebrates the mining tradition of the area. On Newcraighall Road is The Craigmillar Arts Centre, with a Woman of Achievement plaque for Helen Crummy, who lived in Newcraighall for many years.
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