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West Pilton

Edinburgh

1955

Children from West Pilton Crossway

A group of 21 children on the back green behind West Pilton Crossway, 1955

© Reproduced with acknowledgement to Alan Raeburn, Australia      April 22, 2010

 

West Pilton

Thank you Alan Raeburn, who has lived in Perth, Western Australia, since 1988,  for allowing me to reproduce this photo taken at West Pilton.

Alan wrote:

The District

"This photo was taken on August 11, 1955 on the back green of 5 West Pilton Crossway.  No 5 is on the west side of West Pilton Crossway. 

The children in the photo were facing West Pilton Bank. 

-  West Pilton Crossway was on their right.

-  The western end of West Pilton Park, a circular area of shops and housing, was behind them.  This circular area can be seen clearly on Google Earth.

I remember there being Munro's bakers, a drysalters, a grocers  and a few other shops.  In the middle was a circular area with greenery and small railings.

I had a magic childhood in West Pilton.

The Children

In this photo:

Kenny and Eileen Raeburn are giving raspberries.

-  Norman Downie is in the centre row on Eileen's right

Robin Downie is front right.

Evelyn Raeburn in front of Kenny.

-  there  could also be children from any of these families:

Hackland

Smith

Goudie

Clapperton

-  Watters

Kendall

Markham

Lawson.

I don't know whether I'm in this photo or not.

Maybe someone will recognise themselves in this photo.

Alan Raeburn, Perth, Western Australia:  April 22+24, 2010?

Here are three more photos from Alan, also taken at West Pilton:

A group of ten, somewhere at West Pilton  -  1950s or 1960s ©     Norrie Downie and Kenny Raeburn at West Pilton Crossway  -  1950s ©       A group of seven, somewhere at West Pilton  -  1950s or 1960s ©

 

Recollections

1.

Doreen Russell

Auckland, New Zealand

Thank you Doreen Russell for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

Doreen wrote:

Children

    A group of 21 children on the back green behind West Pilton Crossway, 1955 ©

"I'm in this picture of the children from West Pilton Crossway with a bouquet of flowers.

-   My brother, David, is in the back row.

-   My sister, Frances, is in the third row,

-   My brother, Leslie, is in the front row.

-  The two Hackland girls, Carol and Sandra, are in the front row.

-   My name is now Doreen Keenan.

Doreen Keenan (née Russell) Auckland, New Zealand:
Message posted in EdinPhoto guest book:  February 9, 2011

 

Recollections

2.

Robin Downie

Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, England

Thank you Robin Downie, one of the children that Doreen Keenan (née Russell) recognised and named in her Recollections 1 above for getting in touch.

Robin wrote:

Children

    A group of 21 children on the back green behind West Pilton Crossway, 1955 ©

"I  remember this photo, even though I was only five years old.

I left Edinburgh with mum, dad, brother and sister when dad joined Air Force. I travelled with them and am now living in Abbots Langley with Pam my wife of 44 years, two children and three grandchildren.

All the Downie family are very well and will always remember West Pilton with fondest memories.  We've been back a couple of times, but it'snot the same now."

Robin Downie, Hertfordshire, England:  September 26, 2014

 

Recollections

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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

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