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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

 

Greenside Place

The Omni Centre

and the Giraffes

Greenside Place

Map of Calton and Broughton - 1925  -  showing the sites of major developments

 

Greenside Place is on the east side of Leith Walk, beside the large roundabout and opposite St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral.

1940s

The buildings in Greenside Place had shops at 'ground level' and several stories of flats (apartments) above the shops.

Pat Swift who now lives in British Columbia, Canada was born at 9 Greenside Place in 1948.  She e-mailed me recently [2005] telling me that she recalls her mother swearing about having to "climb 100 steps" to get to their flat at the top of the building."

1970s

In the 1970s Greenside Place included many businesses.  These are the names that appeared in the 1970-71 Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directory:

1970

No. 2

Royal Bank of Scotland Ltd

No. 4

Carnie Car Hire

No. 5

Edinburg Savings Bank

No. 7

Wolfe

No  9

George White

No. 12

Royal Furniture

Nos. 13-14

Direct Supply Co.

No. 16

J Lindsay

No. 17

Hillside Church:  Tynecastle Wallpapers

No. 18

Playhouse Restaurant and Tea Rooms

No.19

Kandy Korner

No. 20

Playhouse Super-Picture Theatre

Nos. 25-27

Scott James & Co. Ltd.

 

The Omni Centre

By the 1990s, Nos. 2-16 and all of No. 17 except the facade had been demolished.  The site was awaiting development.  Early developments hit financial problems.

Eventually good progress was made and the Omni Centre, a 12-screen cinema, hotel and health centre opened on the site in November 2002.

View towards the Omni Centre from in front of St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral, with sculpture by Eduardo Paolozzi in the foreground

The complex has a large glass frontage and incorporates the original facade from the church at No. 17.

The original frontage of Hillside Church has been retained and incorporated into the Omni Centre;  and the Playhouse Theatre is still in business:

The Playhouse Theatre, Greenside Place, close to the top of Leith Walk

 

The Giraffes

   Two Giraffes outside the Omni Centre, Greenside Place, Top of Leith Walk, Edinburgh

The two giraffes, made from scrap metal, were unveiled on the pavement in front of the Omni Centre on 28 July 2005.  The largest of the two giraffes is 22 ft high.

These are the work of artist Helen Denerley, formerly of Midlothian, now living in Strathdon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland.  She has made sculptures of animals for sites across Britain and in Japan.

Other Sculptures

Other sculptures to be found in the vicinity of the giraffes includes:

- a statue of Sherlock Homes (Picardy Place).

Statue of Sherlock Homes,  created by Arthur Conan Doyle who lived close to this spot at Picardy Place

- a giant bronze hand + foot by Eduardo Paolozzi (outside RC Cathedral)

Sculptures on the pavement outside St Mary's Cathedral at the top of Leith Walk  - 'Hand'  by Eduardo Paolozzi     Sculptures on the pavement outside St Mary's Cathedral at the top of Leith Walk  - 'Foot'  by Eduardo Paolozzi

- a flock of eight bronze pigeons on the pavement (Elm Row)

A flock of pigeons in bronze on the pavement at Elm Row

 

 

Full Index

Views of Edinburgh

Princes Street views:
 Looking E         Looking W         Looking N + NE        Looking S

from Calton Hill        Preparing for the Trams        Princes Street Gardens

Other street views:
 Grassmarket         George Street          High Street        High Street closes        Leith Street
Lothian Road       North Bridge       Saint James Sq       
Waverley Bridge       More Streets

 

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Links to Other Pages

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