The importance of dismounting gracefully


Charlotte Square, a classical Georgian Square in the city of Edinburgh, has deservedly been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Completed in 1820, the there are few architectural features in the whole of the UK that can compete with its grandeur. As visitors move round the square, they often note the ‘louping-on’ stones that connect the high pavements with the road below. These stones were placed in such a way so that the ladies of the age – many of them clad in voluminous dresses – could mount horses, side-saddle, without fear of revealing their undergarments! This arrangement was especially popular in these times and louping-on stones could also be found outside many churches at the time.

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