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Bridge over the Water of Leith

Upper Drawbridge

now

Sandport Place Bridge

Upper Drawbridge, Leith  -  1910

Upper Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at Sandport Place, Leith  -  1910

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh

Sandport Place Bridge, Leith  -  2011

Looking NW across the bridge at Sandport Place towards Ronadson's Wharf  -  2011

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                           Photo taken:  January 21, 2011

 

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1910

   Upper Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at Sandport Place, Leith  -  1910

Enlarge this photo

2011

   Looking NW across the bridge at Sandport Place towards Ronadson's Wharf  -  2011

 

Comparison of 1910 and 2011 photos

Bridge over the Water of Leith

The two photos above show the same view, but were taken about 100 years apart.  Both photos look NW across the bridge at Sandport Place, towards Ronaldson's Wharf

 

Upper Drawbridge

Location

The bridge over the Water of Leith at Sandport Place is where the Upper Drawbridge once stood.  This view looks to the NW across the upper drawbridge towards the buildings on Ronaldson's Wharf.

The winding gear for the central section of the bridge that opens can be seen in this photo.

1870 Map

The Upper Drawbridge is the first bridge over the Water of Leith upstream from the bridge linking Commercial Street and Bernard Street.  It can be seen on this 1870-71 map, immediately to the left of the letter 'L' of 'LEITH HARBOUR' written in the Water of Leith.

Map of Edinburgh and Leith, 1870  -  Leith Section

 

Google Map

This photo of the upper drawbridge was taken from immediately to the right of the point on the 'A' arrow symbol on this Google map.

Upper Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at Sandport Place, Leith  -  1910

 

Buildings

The buildings beside the Water of Leith to the east of the Upper Drawbridge on the north bank of the river in Ronaldson's Wharf.  The first two buildings  are Kelly & Co and Johnstons Ltd.

The signs on their buildings read:

D. KELLY & CO. LIMITED

AERATED WATER MANUFACTURERS

and

JOHNSTONS LTD.

BUILDER'S MERCHANTS

CEMENT MERCHANTS

EDINBURGH OFFICE

122 GEORGE STREET

 

Another Photo of Upper Drawbridge

Here is another photo of Upper Drawbridge, Leith.  This photo looks across the river from Coalhill to the old buildings in Ronaldson's Wharf:

Upper Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at Sandport Place, Leith  -  1910

 

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

The tow photos above are from 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.

 

Recollections

1

Frank Ferri

Newhaven

Thank you to Frank Ferri who wrote:

Opening the Bridge

"That's a wonderful picture of the upper drawbridge at Leith.  It is now named Sandport Place, formerly Bridge Street and before that, Bridge End.

Upper Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at Sandport Place, Leith  -  1910

I remember this bridge well.  It was still in use up until at least the late-1950s.  When the bridge was required to be raised, employees from Leith Dock Commission would come along, fit a handle to the bridge mechanism, and literally, manually caw the handle to raise it.

Meeting Place

"The senior citizens of the day would meet beside the chains** on the Leith Docks side of the bridge, for a daily spinning of yarns, including my late grandfather Jock Jones with his wee Cairn Terrier.

My grandfather was sadly blinded when working as a 'hauder oan' (holder on) in Robb's shipyard. He was the man who held the hot rivet with a tool on one side whilst the riveter made it fast by hammering the rivet head on the other side..

He was father to 13 daughters and lived at 36 Sandport Street."

Frank Ferri, Newhaven, Edinburgh:  January 20+25, 2011

**  See also 'Recollectons 2' below

Recollections

2

Frank Ferri

Newhaven

I asked Frank Ferri about 'the chains' on the drawbridge.

Frank replied:

The Chains

"The bridge pillars were linked with chains.  They were  in front of the present day heavy traffic guard rail.  As kids we would dangerously sit on the chains and swing, completely oblivious that we might just swing in to the water.

The old men used to stand just to the right hand side of the drawbridge;  that's the north side overlooking Ronaldson's Wharf."

Frank Ferri, Newhaven, Edinburgh:  January 25, 2011

Beside the Water of Leith

Now, immediately beside the Water of Leith, at the south east corner of the bridge, there are some public benches and an information board, There is also one of the old Leith lamp posts and a metal line on the pavement showing the course of the Water of Leith from Balerno to Leith.

The Shore, Leith  -  Line across the cobbles showing the course of the Water of Leith from Balerno at the foot of the Pentland Hills to Leith

 

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