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Water of Leith

Lower Drawbridge, Leith

Lower Drawbridge

Removed March 1910

Lower Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at The Shore, Leith  -  Removed 1910

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh

Site of Lower Drawbridge  -  2005

Loking to the north from the bridge over the Water of Leith at Bernard Street, towards the site of the Lower Drawbridge and Leith Docks

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                          Photo taken: October 31, 2005

 

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Drawbridge demolished 1910

   Lower Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at The Shore, Leith  -  Removed 1910

Enlarge this photo

2005

   Loking to the north from the bridge over the Water of Leith at Bernard Street, towards the site of the Lower Drawbridge and Leith Docks

 

Comparison of c.1910 photo and 2005 photo

Lower Drawbridge

The two photos above both look to the north from the bridge at Bernard Street, down the Water of Leith towards the site of the Lower Drawbridge and Leith Docks.

The industrial scene in the early photo has been replaced by new housing (left and centre) and refurbished buildings along The Shore (right).

The chimneys have vanished from Leith Docks, but the old swing bridge near the entrance to the docks has survived.  The large ship and paddle tug have been replaced by barges and a floating restaurant.

 

Water of Leith

Lower Drawbridge

Location

This photo shows the lower drawbridge that used to cross the Water of Leith a few yards to the north of the present road crossing at Bernard Street Bridge (beside beside Leith Custom House at the eastern end of Commercial Street).

The old photograph above looks to the NE across the Water of Leith towards New Ship Temperance Hotel at 20 Shore, Leith.  This is close to where the ship, Ristorante De Niro, is now moored (in 2010).

Photo from Bernard Street Bridge, Leith  -  Water of Leith frozen  -  Christmas Eve 2010

Sandport, Tower Place,
and Ship (Ristorante De Niro)

 

Map

The old drawbridge can be seen, top-centre, on this 1870 map of Leith. It crosses the Water of Leith between the letters 'A' and 'R' of LEITH HARBOUR written on the Water of Leith.

Map of Edinburgh and Leith, 1870  -  Leith Section

 

Lamp Posts

Does anybody recognise the style of lamp post beside the drawbridge?  There is also a lamp post with globe, just about visible on the far shore of the Water of Leith.

Another View of the Drawbridge

Here is another photo of the Lower Drawbridge on the Water of Leith at Leith:

   Lower Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at The Shore, Leith  -  Removed 1910

 

Acknowledgement:  Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh:  January 5, 2010

This is one of a series of photos posted onto boards in an old album that Archie Foley acquired a few years ago.  Archie believes that these are likely to be official photos that probably once belonged to Leith City Council.

Reply

1.

Frank Ferri

Newhaven

Thank you to Frank Ferri who wrote:

Location

   Lower Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at The Shore, Leith  -  Removed 1910

"The Lower Draw Bridge at the Shore Leith  was just beyond the present Bernard Street Bridge to the right of the ship's bow.

You can see the big gate of Brown's, ship repairers.  They are still in business. Two barges are berthed there now."

Frank Ferri, Newhaven, Edinburgh:  January 17, 2011

 

Brown's, Ship Repairers

Here is a photo of this section of the Water of Leith, taken in 2007.  It shows Brown's ship repairing works (white and blue in this photo)  on the eastern bank of the Water of Leith and the barges mentioned by Frank above.

Cycles on the North Bank of the Water of Leith;  barges on the south bank, at The Shore, Leith

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 17, 2011

 

Leith

Water of Leith

Around Edinburgh

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

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.

 

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.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks