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No 24

Craighall Crescent

The Wood Family

 The Wood Family Home

The Wood Family at their home, 24 Craighall Crescent, Newhaven

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to June Scott, Bonaly, Edinburgh

 

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No 24, Craighall Crescent

The Wood Family

Family Home

Craighall Crescent lies on the high ground above Newhaven.  It is on the west side of Craighall Road, almost opposite Trinity Academy.

This was the home of the Wood Family.  The people in this photo are believed to be:

1.  probably Grandparents - but who were they? * 
They also appear in the photographs below.

A portrait probably of William Wood, father of William Wood of Wood Brothers, Wholesale Fishmerchants, Newhaven  -  photographer not known    A portrait probably of the mather of William Wood of Wood Brothers, Wholesale Fishmerchants, Newhaven  -  photographer not known

2.  Parents:  William Burnup Leslie Wood 1874-1954
     and his wife, Elizabeth Kutchman Stewart Wood b1879

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Mrs Elizabeth Kuchnan Stewart

3.  Children:  James 1903-1991 and his younger brother Stewart.

Portrait of James and Stewart Wood  by Joyhn Campbell Harper

* The old couple on the photograph at the top of this page could not have been William Burnup Leslie Wood's parents, George (1842-1879) and Ann (1845-1916), because George died about 30 years before the photo was taken.

Fish Merchants

William Burnup Leslie Wood and his brother, James, operated a wholesale fish merchants' business, Wood Brothers.  They delivered fish from Newhaven Harbour to Edinburgh.  The business first used horse and cart, both kept across the road from No 24 Craighall Crescent.

Later, when the horse suffered an injury with a nail through its hoof, the Wood Brothers purchased this van.  The never returned to using horses.

Jeffrey Street  -  Wood Brothers' fish delivery van

Garage

James Wood became the owner of Wood's Garage in Craighall Road, opposite Trinity School.  He employed his brother, Stewart (full name William John Stewart Wood).

A postcard of a young William John Stewart Wood  -  From Paterson's 'Burgh Studios' 

James began by renting out space in Craighall Road for parking cars overnight.  (In the late 1920s, motorists were not permitted to leave their cars on the street overnight in Edinburgh.)

Later James set up his garage on the site - Wood's Garage.  It  was a wooden building with a corrugated iron roof, next to the scout hut.   It  opened in 1929 and remained in business until around 1964.  Here, James repaired cars, sold cars and later sold petrol and diesel fuel.

The garage has now been demolished and flats have been built on the site.

Hobbies

James Wood became one of the founding members of the Edinburgh Aero Club when it was established at Turnhouse Aerodrome in 1928.  The club purchased a surplus World War I plane as a kit for 5, then constructed it.

Edinburgh Aero Club   - founded 1928

James Wood's interests included fishing in the Tyne in the Lothians  near Edinburgh, and shooting.  He renting shoots at Pathhead and elsewhere around Edinburgh, and taught shooting to the Home Guard during World War II

Home Guard,  1940-44

Thank you to June Scott, Bonally, Edinburgh for providing the details above in October, 2006.  June Scott is daughter of James Wood.

The photograph at the top of this page is a half-plate photo, 6.5 x 4.25 ins. It is mounted on brown card measuring 10ins x 8 ins.  There is no photographer's name on the photo.

 

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

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