Lamp Post and Parked Cars

Royal Mile

Canongate  -  1959

Canongate  -  Lamp post and parked cars, 1959

  Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland


Royal Mile

Thank you to Phil Wilson for allowing me to reproduce this photograph, showing a lamp post and parked cars in the Royal Mile, Edinburgh.

Phil took this photo in Edinburgh's Royal Mile, using Ektachrome slide film in 1959.   The photo is described as Canongate.

However, I think it may be looking west, up the Royal Mile, from John Knox  House with the Tron church steeple and the crown of St Giles  hidden behind the lantern of the lamp post.  If so this would be part of the High Street, rather than Canongate.

This slide may have had brighter colours originally, but is now almost monochrome!

Acknowledgement:  Phil Wilson, Aberdeen, Scotland, May 21+23, 2011



Danny Callaghan

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Thank you to Danny Callaghan who wrote:

"I am sure the picture was taken from inside the John Knox House.

Canongate  -  Lamp post and parked cars, 1959

  At least, I think the building that sticks out into the High Street is part of John Knox house."

Danny Callaghan, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:  May 24, 2011



Bob Henderson

Burdiehouse, Edinburgh

Thank you to Bob Henderson who wrote:

"I think this photo might have been taken from the outside steps of John Knox's House.

Canongate  -  Lamp post and parked cars, 1959

As you walk up the left-hand pavement in this photo, you start at the varnished wood frontage of the  Household Stores and progress to the top of Blackfriar's Street.

Then, there's the Tron Kirk, jutting out at the corner of South Bridge, then in the distance a misty outline of St Giles."

Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh:  May 24, 2011



Steven Oliver

Duns, Borders, Scotland

Thank you to Steven Oliver who wrote:

"The location is most definitely outside John Knox's House.  The lamppost was sited on the corner where the road narrows in width.

Canongate  -  Lamp post and parked cars, 1959

The lamppost is a Mackenzie Bros column with GEC 'Wembley' GLS lantern.  This would have been removed in the mid-1960s when the short-lived wall-mounted fluorescent lanterns were installed.

Steven Oliver, Duns, Borders, Scotland:  May 26, 2011


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