Ladies Racing

Who?  When?  Where?

Answer:    Edinburgh University Playing Fields, Craiglockhart

Now part of the school sports grounds for George Watson's College

Ladies Racing  -  Edinburgh University Playing Fields, Myreside

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to John Stirling, Currie, Edinburgh:  November 6, 2009                            Photographer not known

 

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   Ladies Racing  -  Edinburgh University Playing Fields, Myreside

 

Ladies Racing

Old Photo

Thank you to John Stirling for allowing me to reproduce this photo.  The photo is taken from a collection of lantern slides that John rescued from being destroyed in 1974.  The photographer is not known.

Some of the other slides from this series are known to have been taken between about 1910 and 1920.

Who?  When?  Where?

Here, the girls approach the end of their sprint with an audience seated in front of the pavilion.

Do you recognise this pavilion?  What are the poles on the right hand side of the picture?  Which school might the girls be from, and when might the photo have been taken?

Answers?

If you know the answer to any of these questions, please email me.

Thank you. 

Peter Stubbs:  November 24, 2009

 

Answer

1.

Neil Lawrence

Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

Thank you to Neil Lawrence who wrote:

Edinburgh University Playing Fields -  Myreside

"This photo of girls sprinting was taken at the old Edinburgh University Playing Fields, now used by Watson's School.

I've played many a rugby game there. The pavilion with the steps is still there at the top of Craiglockhart Terrace.

The posts behind the running girls are the tennis courts that used to be there.

Neil Lawrence, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh:  November 25, 2009

Neil added:

1914 or later

"As for date, the seating in front of the pavilion does not appear on the 1913-14 map but it is there on the 1931 map."

Neil Lawrence, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh:  November 25, 2009

So, this photos will have been taken in 1914 or later ***

Peter Stubbs:  November 26, 2009

*** UPDATES:  Actually '1912 or later.  See 'Answers 2 and 3' below:

Answer

2.

Neil Lawrence

Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

Thank you to Neil Lawrence who added:

Edinburgh University Playing Fields

"Here are two photos that I took, today, of the pavilion at Myreside.  The date of construction was 1912.

Playing Field and Pavilion

Myreside Playing Fields and Pavilion, 2009

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Neil Lawrence, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

Pavilion  (zoom-in)

Myreside Pavilion, zoom-in, 2009

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Neil Lawrence, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

These photos confirm that the pavilion is the same one as appears in the early photograph of the girls running, at the top of this page."

Neil Lawrence, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh:  December 5, 2009

 

Answer

3.

Jonathan Sheach

Edinburgh

 Craiglockhart and Myreside Playing Fields

Myreside Playing Field and Pavilion, 2009

"The playing fields and Pavilion in this photo are at Myreside, but they should be referred to as 'Craiglockhart Playing Fields', so as not to be confused with the 'real' Myreside fields that are  right next door and are also part of George Watson's College.

 There was a change of ownership* of the Craiglockhart fields at in 1961.  The education board of George Watson's College  had requested the re-zoning of the fields, shortly before the amalgamation of GWC and George Watson's Ladies College."

* George Watson's College: An Illustrated History

 Craiglockhart and Myreside Pavilions

"There are, in fact, two pavilions close together.  The pavilion with the grey roof, multiple chimneys and spire in the 'High Jump' picture at the top of this page is Myreside Pavilion.

Almost beside it, with a red roof, is the pavilion that Neil Lawrence photographed, above.  That is Craiglockhart Pavilion.

This Google aerial view shows how close together the two pavilions are to each other, and how confusion between the two may arise.  The poles close to the pavilion in the background of the photograph at the top of this page can also be seen on this aerial view.

Jonathan Sheach, George Watson's College, Edinburgh:  May 20, 2010

 

Where is it?

Myreside

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