Stockbridge is an area of Edinburgh, located towards the north of the city, bounded by the New Town and by Comely Bank and is a 15 minute walk to the city centre at Princes Street. The name is Scots stock brig from Anglic stocc brycg, meaning a timber bridge. Originally a small outlying village, it was incorporated into the City of Edinburgh in the 19th century. The current "Stock Bridge", built in 1801, is a stone structure spanning the Water of Leith.
Stockbridge is among Britain’s Top 30 places, according to a recent polls. It is a very popular and fashionable area in which to live and has many unique shops, boutiques, restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs, mostly in Raeburn Place, Deanhaugh Street, Hamilton Place and St Stephen Street.
Raeburn Place is the oldest international rugby ground in the world. It is the home ground of the Edinburgh Academical Football Club (EAFC) and the Edinburgh Academical Cricket Club (EACC). It is also the main retail thoroughfare and was the location of the first international rugby match when the Edinburgh Academy sports ground hosted the game between Scotland and England on 27 March 1871. Scotland won.
The Edinburgh Academy's sports grounds are adjacent to The Grange, which is home turf for the Scottish cricket team. The venue hosted two fixtures of the 1999 Cricket World Cup.
Each year Stockbridge hosts a community festival, normally at the end of June. Since 1988, the festival has held the Stockbridge Duck Race to raise money for local charities. Some 2000 rubber ducks are released into the Water of Leith. "Duck Wardens" follow the ducks to keep them out of the reeds and to stop children spectating, from falling into the river. Hundreds of people turn out every year to cheer for their duck.