Edinburgh: Which street? ANSWER: Henderson
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Mark Fellows. -
If you know who took this photo, please
e-mail me so that I can
Edinburgh Steam Rollers
Thank you to Mark Fellows, now living in Cornwall, for providing this
photograph of a steam roller in Edinburgh in the 1969.
"This steam roller was apparently in the Edinburgh Transport Museum,
that closed in
the 1980s. It also featured in the film: 'The Prime or Pride of Miss
Mark Fellows, 26 miles from Lands' End, Cornwall:
Where was the photo taken?
The buildings in this photo and the church in the background look quite
distinctive, but I've not yet been able to discover where the photo was
Initially, there were suggestions that the location of this photo might
be Forrest Road or the foot of Broughton Street. However, it turns
out to be Henderson Row. See below.
- Peter Stubbs: February 14, 2006
Thank you to Davie Thomson who
"The photo of the steam roller was taken in
Some of the filming for Miss Jean Brodie was
in Henderson Row, Marcia Blane's school being the building just to the
left of the Edinburgh Academy which, as you say was Donaldson's School for
Clarence Street was used to accommodate the
crew and actors. Gordon Jackson was seen popping into Clark's Bar in
Dundas Street for his 'refreshments'.
Some of the props used included a single
decker bus from Edinburgh Council and the steam roller. In the photo
it appears to be standing just to the left of Edinburgh Academy, the photo
being taken from the gates."
David Thomson: February 11, 2007
Thank you to Patrick Hutton,
Edinburgh, who wrote:
it Hamilton Place/Henderson Row, by any chance? The church was opposite
Edinburgh Academy. It is demolished now, and replaced by sheltered housing"
Patrick Hutton, Edinburgh: February 14, 2007.
NOTE: Message 1 from Davie Thomson had not yet been added
the web site when I received Message 2 (above) from Patrick Hutton.
Davie Thomson and Patrick Hutton are both correct. The location
looks a bit different now. As Patrick says, the church (St Bernard's Davidson Church,
89 Henderson Row) has now been
replaced by sheltered housing. The shop behind the steam roller has
now become a house.
Knowing that the photo of the steam roller was taken during the filming
of "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" in Edinburgh, we can now date
this photo to 1969.
The photo below shows the same location in February 2007.
Peter Stubbs: February 14, 2007
Thank you to Linda Malcolm who wrote:
"The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie was indeed filmed in Henderson Row in part
of the Edinburgh Academy known as The Donaldson Building.
This was never part of Donaldson’s School for the Deaf
which, as you will
no doubt be aware was just past Haymarket at Wester Coates, the building
having been vacated last year (2007) when the school relocated to West
* BUT See UPDATE below for a
Linda Malcolm: March
Thank you to Kim Traynor who replied:
"The Academy building in Henderson Row, now known simply as
‘Donaldsons’, had been a School for the Deaf until it merged with
Donaldson’s Hospital in 1938. Hence its present name."
"In fact, the
first School for the Deaf in Edinburgh was founded in 1750 near
Holyrood Park, giving the name Dumbiedykes, first to the road in which it
was located, then to the surrounding district.
This school moved first to Chessel’s Court in the Canongate in 1810, then
later to Henderson Row."
Kim Traynor, Tollcross, Edinburgh: October 8+9, 2009
I have more details about Donaldson's school for the Deaf elsewhere on
this web site. Please click on the thumbnail image below to read
Thank you to Donald Grant for sending me this photo of the same steam
roller, taken in August 2006 at the Scottish Vintage Bus Museum at
Lathalmond, near Dunfermline, Fife.
Mark Fellows' Steam Rollers
The photograph at the top of
this page has been provided by Mark Fellows. Mark's family owns an old
Edinburgh steam roller, possibly the same roller as appears in the small
Davidson's Mains, Edinburgh
Thank you to Katrina Thorburn who wrote:
"One of the shops hidden by this
steamroller was my father's shop - B Borzecki, Watchmaker.
He had his shop there from the
1940s to the 1980s when he retired.
I was born at 115 Henderson Row
and have lots of great memories of Stockbridge."
Katrina Thorburn, Davidson's Mains, Edinburgh:
February 12, 2012