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Central Bar

near the foot of Leith Walk

Leith

Central Bar

Saturday Morning  -  March 1978

Central Bar, Leith

© John Darcy.  Reproduced with acknowledgement to John Darcy:  March 16, 2010.  Thank you to Bob Moffat for
providing a copy of this photograph.  and to John Stewart who runs
a Leith web site that includes this photo.

 

Central Bar

Leith

Here are more photos of Central Bar, Leith

Central Bar - near the Foot of Leith Walk  -  exterior ©      Central Bar - near the Foot of Leith Walk  -  interior ©      Central Bar - near the Foot of Leith Walk  -  two men drinking ©

 

Recollections

1.

Kenneth Williamson

Silverknowes, Edinburgh

Thank you to Kenneth Williamson who wrote:

Jimmy Gordon

Central Bar

"The elderly gentleman sitting in the corner, wearing the scarf, in this photo is Jimmy Gordon.

Central Bar - near the Foot of Leith Walk  -  six_men_drinking ©

I was really surprised to see him in the picture although I suppose I shouldn't have been as he was a regular in the pubs of Leith."

Family

"Jimmy was the cousin of my granny, Mary Geddes née Deas. He was born in 1899 and died in 1986.  The family came from the Borders."

Gordon Highlanders

"My granny married William Geddes from Fordyce who was a Pipe Major in the Gordon Highlanders. He enlisted after the Great War.

Jimmy served with the Gordon Highlanders (1917-1919) during the First World War, mostly in Belgium, as far as I can see.  He brought back lots of postcards from there.  He was stationed at a concentration camp in Mons, Belgium.

Here are two photos of Jimmy, the first in Gordon Highlanders' uniform, the second in civvies:

      ©   ©

Railway

"Jimmy lived in the old Edinburgh & Dalkeith Railway station at 5 Constitution Street, Leith.  Here is a photo of a bell that used to hang in the station and is now in my house.

Bell from South Leith Railway Station ©

Jimmy worked for the North British Railway.  He retired as Yard Foreman, Leith Central Station in 1965."

Artist

"Jimmy was an excellent artist but, in keeping with the times, his parents didn't encourage him and insisted that he got a 'real' job.  His paintings are scattered far and wide but fortunately one hangs on the wall of my house."

Burial

"Jimmy is buried in Caddonfoot Graveyard, Clovenfords, Selkirkshire in the Scottish Borders, along with his parents."

Kenneth Williamson, Silverknowes, Edinburgh:  October 7, 2013

 

Recollections

2.

Kenneth Williamson

Silverknowes, Edinburgh

Thank you to Kenneth Williamson for writing with more from Jimmy Gordon.

(Jimmy was the subject of Recollections 1 above.)

Kenneth wrote:

Question

Picture from Jimmy Gordon

"Here is a picture that belonged to Jimmy Gordon. The inscription on the back of the picture frame has long gone."

Where and when might this photo have been taken?

A group of Railway Workers  -  Where and when might this photo have been taken?

©  Kenneth Williamson, Silverknowes, Edinburgh                                                                Photographer not known

"Can anybody shed any light on this picture?  I don't know whether it is railway or not."

Kenneth Williamson, Silverknowes, Edinburgh:  October 8, 2013

Enlargement + Detail

Railway Workers

That looks like quite a range of different uniforms and buttons that the men in this photo are wearing!  Please click here to see an enlargement of the photo, and more detail from the photo.

The detail appears to give good evidence that the picture is in fact of a group of railway workers, though I don't know where or when the photo might have been taken.

Reply to Kenneth

If you think you can help Kenneth to discover more about this photo, please email me, then I'll send Kenneth's email address to you then you should be able to send your message direct to him.

Peter Stubbs:  October 8, 2013

 

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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Frequently Asked Questions

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