Coillesdene House

Joppa, Edinburgh



Decorated Tram

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  Photo from the Edinburgh Corporation Transport Collection reproduced with acknowledgement to Lothian Buses
and taken from a print from the original glass plate made by John Dickson, Royston, Edinburgh



Coillesdene House

Taken from an Edwardian postcard

Coillesdene House, Joppa, Edinburgh  -  a view from an Edwardian postcard

Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh



Coillesdene House

The new tower block, built on the site of the old Coillesdene House

The new tower block built at Joppa on the site of the old Coillesdene House.

Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh                                                                                              Photo taken 2010


Coillesdene House

When I added Photo 1 of a decorated tram to the EdinPhoto web site in February 2012, I asked:

"What is the elaborate building in the background in this photo?"

I very quickly received replies from Gus Coutts and Archie Foley, both telling me that the building was Coillesdene House at Joppa.

Archie Foley also sent me:

-  Photo 2 above, a scene from a Victorian postcard, showing Coillesdene House, the same building as appears in the background of Photo 1.

-  Photo 3 above, a recent view of the same site, photographed in 2010.

Archie wrote:

"The photograph of the tram above was definitely taken at Coillesdene House, Joppa as Gus suggests.

Apart from the idiosyncratic architecture of the house, the brick wall is also a distinctive feature.

Both the house and the wall, which is still there, were built using red bricks specially brought up from England."

Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh:  February 27, 2012




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