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Goldenacre

The corner of Ferry Road and Inverleith Row

Around 1903-06

Shops and Shelter

Goldenacre  -  The corner of Ferry Road and Inverleith Row

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Chris Douglas, Manager of The Orchard Bar, Howard Place, Canonmills, Edinburgh
who found these photos, and to Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England for telling me about them..

Around 1903-06

Shops

Goldenacre  -  The corner of Ferry Road and Inverleith Row

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                 Photo taken May 31, 2011

 

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Around 1903-06

    Goldenacre  -  The corner of Ferry Road and Inverleith Row

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2011

   Nicolson Street, Festival Theatre and Edinburgh University Old College Dome  -  Photo 2011 

 

Goldenacre

Old Photos

Thank you to Chris Douglas, Manager of The Orchard Bar, formerly Northern Bar, Canonmills, Edinburgh, for allowing me to reproduce this photo and other old photos of Edinburgh.  Chris recently found these photos in the basement of The Orchard Bar.

I have not yet discovered the date of this photo, but checking in the Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories as to when John B Low, Grocers and Wine Merchants had a shop on this corner may well help to date the photo.

The Shelter

I wondered what the circular structure in the road was.  Thank you to Robin Sherman, President of Lothian Postcard Club, for providing the answer.

Robin tells me that it was a shelter that provided seating and toilets for tramway staff.  Goldenacre was at the northern end of Edinburgh's first cable car tram line that opened in 1888.

This shelter may have survived for about thirty or forty years.  It is shown on large scale Ordnance Survey maps of 1908, 1912, and 1931.  It is not shown on the 1896 or 1945 OS maps.

In his book, Edinburgh Transport - The Early Years, DLG Hunter refers to what may have been a similar structure at Morningside on the south side of the city.  He describes it as 'Carmen's Shelter'.

 

Date of the Photo?

Investigation

Post Office Directories

I've now looked in the Post Office Directories in an attempt to discover approximately when this photo was taken:

.Goldenacre  -  The corner of Ferry Road and Inverleith Row

I found that Montagu Terrace first appeared in the directories in 1879 (with only No. 14 listed then).  This is the same year as is carved in stone, high on the corner of the building in the photograph above.

Shops in the Photo

The shops that can be seen in the photo above are:

1.  Wilson baker

2.  Low, JB Grocer

3.  [Who?] Butcher

When did these shops appear in the trade directories?

See the table below.

 

Post Office Directories

Year

No. 1

Not numbered

No. 2

No. 3

1880 Wilson, JH baker - - Bennie, Wm butcher
1881 Wilson, JH baker - - Bennie, Wm butcher
1882 Wilson, JH baker - Low, JB wine Bennie, Wm butcher
1883 Wilson, JH baker - Low, JB wine -
1884 Wilson, JH baker - Low, JB wine -
1885 Wilson, JH baker - Low, JB wine Wood, GD butcher
1886 Wilson, JH baker - Low, JB wine Wood, GD butcher
1887 Wilson, JH baker - Low, JB wine Wood, GD butcher
1888 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1889 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1890 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1891 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1892 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1893 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1894 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1895 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1896 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1897 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1898 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1899 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1900 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1901 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1902 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1903 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1904 Wilson, JH baker Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1905 Wilson, JH & Son Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1906 Wilson, JH & Son Goldenacre PO Low JB grocer + wine Wood, GD butcher
1907 Wilson, JH & Son Goldenacre PO Low, JB & Son Wood, GD butcher
1908 Wilson, JH & Son Goldenacre PO Low, JB & Son Wood, GD butcher
1909 Wilson, JH & Son Goldenacre PO Low, JB & Son Wood, GD butcher
1910 Wilson, JH & Son Goldenacre PO Low, JB & Son Wood, GD butcher
1911 Wilson, JH & Son Goldenacre PO Low, JB & Son Wood, GD butcher
1912 Wilson, JH & Son Goldenacre PO Low, JB & Son Wood, GD butcher
1913 Wilson, JH & Son Goldenacre PO Low, JB & Son Wood, GD butcher
1914 Wilson, JH & Son - Dykes, JB Grocer Wood, GD butcher
1915 ? - Dykes, JB Grocer Wood, GD butcher
1916 Wilson, JH & Sons - Dykes, JB Grocer Wood GH Butcher
1917 Wilson, JH & Sons - Dykes, JB Grocer Wood, GD butcher
1918 Wilson, JH & Sons - Dykes, JB Grocer Wood, GD butcher
1919 Wilson, JH & Sons - Dykes, JB Grocer Wood, GD butcher
1920 Wilson, JH & Sons - Dykes, JB Grocer Wood, GD butcher
1921 Wilson, JH & Sons - Dykes, JB Grocer Wood, GD butcher
1922 Wilson, JH & Sons - Dykes, JB Grocer Wood, GD butcher
1923 Wilson, JH & Sons - Dykes, JB Grocer Wood, GD butcher
1924 Wilson, JH & Sons - Dykes, JB Grocer Wood, GD butcher
1925 MacVittie & Guest - Dykes, JB Grocer Wood, GD butcher
1926 MacVittie & Guest - Gosman EH Grocer Wood, GD butcher
1927 MacVittie & Guest - Gosman EH Grocer Wood, GD butcher
1928 MacVittie & Guest - Gosman EH Grocer Wood, GD butcher

Conclusions

1903 to 1906

1.  The shops at Ns 1, 2 and 3 Montague Terrace that can be seen in the photograph above (Wilson, Wood and a butcher) can be found in the trade directories for all years from 1885 to 1913, so the photo above was probably taken during this period.

2.  The cable car tram line did not open until 1888, so we can narrow down the period to '1888 to 1913'.

3.  The name above the door of the grocer and wine merchant in the photo above is John B Low (NOT '& Son') so the photo above was probably taken between about 1888 and 1906.

4.   A chemist's shop appears in the photo, so the photo was probably taken between 1903 and 1906.  (See Replies 1 and 2 below.)

 

Reply

1.

John Hadden

Edinburgh

Thank you to John Hadden who replied:

Chemist

"Another potential factor in your investigation might be that there looks to be a mortar and pestle hanging above the shop at No 6a.

However, maybe there has always been a pharmacy at that address ;) "

John Hadden, Edinburgh:  May 25, 2011

Reply

2.

Peter Stubbs

Edinburgh

Chemist

I've checked the Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories, looking for a chemist at 6a Montagu Place.

These directories are now available on line from the National LIbrary of Scotland web site, for years up to 1911.

The first year that I found anybody listed at No 6a was 1903.  It was John Alexander White, Chemist and Druggist.  He remained at that address  until at least 1911.

So, it seems likely that this photo of the shops at Montagu Terrace, Goldenacre, would have been taken in 1903 or later - probably between 1903 and 1906.

.Goldenacre  -  The corner of Ferry Road and Inverleith Row

See 'Conclusions' above.

A Hundred Years

I don't know for how long beyond 1911 Alexander White remained at 6a Montague Terrace.   However, there appears to have been a chemist at 6a Montague Terrace for most or all of the past hundred years.

I've checked a few of the Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories and found the following entries:

-  1911:  Alexander White, Chemist & Druggist

-  1930:  R B Graham, Chemist

-  1940:  John Liddell, Chemist

-  1950:  John Liddell, Chemist

-  1961:  John Liddell, Chemist

-  1970:  John Liddell, Chemist

-  2011:  Vantage Pharmacy

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  May 26, 2011

 

Goldenacre

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