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Police Boxes

on the streets of Edinburgh

Historical Notes

and

Boxes for Sale

 

Comments

1.

Historical Notes

Recollections

2.

Condition of the Boxes

Boxes for Sale: May 2012

3.

Information on the Internet

How Many Police Boxes

4.

My Photos

5.

Boxes sold previously

 

Comments

1.

Historical Notes

Thank you to Keith P Hannay who wrote:

"These police boxes were designed especially for Edinburgh to complement the city's buildings by the City Architect Ebenezer James MacRae FRIBA, 1881-1951. 

He was responsible for many public buildings (housing, schools etc) as well as being a conservationist in the immediate pre-war period."

There is more about him on this Scottish Architects web site.

Keith P Hannay:  August 2, 2011

Recollections

More comments about the history of some of the Police Boxes can be found on the Police Box Recollections page

Comments

2.

April 2012

Condition of the Boxes

I noticed during March/April 2012, that several of the police boxes in Central Edinburgh had been repaired and/or repainted.

Edinburgh Police Boxes

For Sale
May 2012

It was recently announced that 22 of the Edinburgh police boxes are to be offered for sale.  The notes below are based on an article published in the Edinburgh Evening News on April 30, 2012:

"Lothian & Borders Police Force has announced plans to sell off 22 of their Tardis-style boxes to the highest bidders.  They are to be sold by Bonham's auctioneers who believe that they might fetch between 4,000 and 6,000 each.

These boxes were designed by Ebenezer Rae to complement Edinburgh's classic architecture.  They date from 1931-33. 

-  At their peak there ware 86 police boxes around Edinburgh.

-  In 1995, 33 boxes were sold.  Many of these are now being run by the Police Box Coffee Company.

-   More boxes were sold later.

-  There are now 42 boxes owned by the police, of which these 22 are to be offered for sale."

The table below shows the police boxes that were offered for sale in May 2012, together with photos of some of them that I took in May 2012:

Cowgate

 

Cranston Street  (L)

 

Dalkeith Street

 

Drumsheugh Gardens  (L)

Drumsheugh Gardens  -  Pillar Box, Postman, and Police Box for sale  -  May 2012 

Easter Road

 

High Street at Hunter Square  (L)

 

Lawnmarket  (L)

Police Box at Lawnmarket  -  For Sale, May 2012 

Leith Walk at Croal Place

Police Box at Croal Place, Leith Walk, Shrubhill

Magdala Crescent at West Coates

 

Market Street  (L)

Police Box near the foot of Market Street, at the SE corner of Princes Street Gardens  -  2012

Marshall Street

 

Melville Drive

Police Box in Melville Drive beside the entrance to Jawbone Walk in The Meadows  -  For Sale, May 2012

Newbattle Terrace  (L)

 

Newcraighall Road (Wisp)

 

Princes Street (West End)  (L)

 

Quality Street  (L)

Quality Street, Davidson's Mains  -  Police Box  -  For Sale, May 2012

Regent Road  (L)

 

Rutland Square

 

The Shore, Leith

The Shore - Police Box beside Cruz Restaurant  -  Police Box for sale, May 2012

Whitehouse Loan  (L)

 

West Register Street  (L)

West Register Street  -  Register House, Cafe Royal and Police Box  -  Police Box for sale, May 2012 

Whitepark, Gorgie Road

 

"It is a condition of the sale that the boxes will have to be painted in a colour other than police blue, to prevent the public from confusing them with boxes that are still in operational use by community officers and traffic wardens.

The boxes are cast iron and weigh two tonnes each.  The sale of the boxes does not include the site that they stand on.

- Successful bidders wishing to remove the boxes will have to do so at their own expense.

-  Those wishing to leave the boxes in place will have to seek permission to do so from the council."

Edinburgh Evening News:  April 30, 2012, p.9

(L) - The Offer Document below shows that these boxes have been listed by Historic Scotland.
          NOTE:  There are some discrepancies between this list and information provided by Historic Scotland.  See table below.

Offer Document

I now have a copy of the offer document giving more details of the boxes for sale.  It gives more information about the boxes being sold.

-  This style of box is unique to Edinburgh.

-  The boxes were designed by the City Architect, Ebenezer MacRae between 1931 and 1933

-  The boxes include the Edinburgh City Crest and a ribboned wreath decoration.

-   The boxes measure 6' 6" x 4' 6" with a ridge height of approx 9' 0".  They are cast iron and weigh about two tonnes each.

-   The closing date for offers for the boxes above is noon on May 31, 2012.

Comments

3.

May 2012

Information on the Internet

After reading the comments above in the Edinburgh Evening News, I had a look on the Internet to see what else I could discover.

There were many pages also commenting on the proposed sale of the police boxes, but I also found an     on this Edinburgh Police Boxes - Geotag Maps and Anecdote page on the Flickr web site.  It gives more details about the history of Edinburgh's police boxes together with details of most of the police boxes that are still in place in Edinburgh.  The details below are taken from this site.

How Many Police Boxes?

"1.  When police boxes were first installed in Edinburgh in 1933, there were 141 boxes and also 13 police pillars.

2.  A survey was conducted in 1992, and this found that 95 of these boxes were still in place. **

3.  It is believed that there are, at May 2012, approx 75 of the boxes still in place.  The Geotag Maps and Anecdote page gives the street locations and map references for these, together with Google Street View photos of most of them. **

Source:  Edinburgh Police Boxes - Geotag Maps and Anecdote web site on Flickr

Discrepancies

**  Both these surveys appear to be almost complete, but there are a few boxes missing, and a couple of boxes listed that have since been removed.

Where I am aware of any discrepancies in 3 above, I have adjusted for them on the list below, resulting in a total of 80 police boxes and 1 replica police box (on wheels) found at May 2012.

 

Comments

4.

May 2012

My Photos

My own records and the photos that I have taken to date agree fairly closely with the Geotag Maps and Anecdote page above. 

This page lists the police boxes that I have photographed over the past few years, and has links to many of the Police Box photos.

Police Box and Zebra Crossing outside Royal Mile Primary School, Canongate

 

 

 

Police Boxes

on the streets of Edinburgh

Background

and

Boxes for Sale

 

Comments

1.

-  Background:   Historical Note

-  Recollections

2.

-  Condition of the Boxes

-  Boxes for Sale: May 2012

3.

-  Information on the Internet

-  How Many Police Boxes

4.

-  Condition of the Boxes

-  Boxes for Sale: May 2012

 

Comments

1.

Background

Historical Note

Thank you to Keith P Hannay who wrote:

"These police boxes were designed especially for Edinburgh to complement the city's buildings by the City Architect Ebenezer James MacRae FRIBA, 1881-1951. 

He was responsible for many public buildings (housing, schools etc) as well as being a conservationist in the immediate pre-war period."

There is more about him on this Scottish Architects web site.

Keith P Hannay:  August 2, 2011

Recollections

More comments about the history of some of the Police Boxes can be found on the Police Box Recollections page

Comments

2.

April 2012

Condition of the Boxes

I noticed during March/April 2012, that several of the police boxes in Central Edinburgh had been repaired and/or repainted.

Edinburgh Police Boxes

For Sale
May 2012

It was recently announced that 22 of the Edinburgh police boxes are to be offered for sale.  The notes below are based on an article published in the Edinburgh Evening News on April 30, 2012:

"Lothian & Borders Police Force has announced plans to sell off 22 of their Tardis-style boxes to the highest bidders.  They are to be sold by Bonham's auctioneers who believe that they might fetch between 4,000 and 6,000 each.

These boxes were designed by Ebenezer Rae to complement Edinburgh's classic architecture.  They date from 1931-33. 

-  At their peak there ware 86 police boxes around Edinburgh.

-  In 1995, 33 boxes were sold.  Many of these are now being run by the Police Box Coffee Company.

-   More boxes were sold later.

-  There are now 42 boxes owned by the police, of which these 22 are to be offered for sale.

The table below shows the police boxes that were offered for sale in May 2012, together with photos of some of them that I took in May 2012:

-  Cowgate

 

-  Cranston Street  (L)

 

-  Dalkeith Street

 

-  Drumsheugh Gardens  (L)

Drumsheugh Gardens  -  Pillar Box, Postman, and Police Box for sale  -  May 2012 

-  Easter Road

 

-  High Street at Hunter Square  (L)

 

-  Lawnmarket  (L)

Police Box at Lawnmarket  -  For Sale, May 2012 

-  Leith Walk at Croal Place

Police Box at Croal Place, Leith Walk, Shrubhill

-  Magdala Crescent at West Coates

 

-  Market Street  (L)

Police Box near the foot of Market Street, at the SE corner of Princes Street Gardens  -  2012

-  Marshall Street

 

-  Melville Drive

Police Box in Melville Drive beside the entrance to Jawbone Walk in The Meadows  -  For Sale, May 2012

-  Newbattle Terrace  (L)

 

-  Newcraighall Road (Wisp)

 

-  Princes Street (West End)  (L)

 

-  Quality Street  (L)

Quality Street, Davidson's Mains  -  Police Box  -  For Sale, May 2012

-  Regent Road  (L)

 

-  Rutland Square

 

-  The Shore, Leith

The Shore - Police Box beside Cruz Restaurant  -  Police Box for sale, May 2012

-  Whitehouse Loan  (L)

 

-  West Register Street  (L)

West Register Street  -  Register House, Cafe Royal and Police Box  -  Police Box for sale, May 2012 

-  Whitepark, Gorgie Road

 

It is a condition of the sale that the boxes will have to be painted in a colour other than police blue, to prevent the public from confusing them with boxes that are still in operational use by community officers and traffic wardens.

The boxes are cast iron and weigh two tonnes each.  The sale of the boxes does not include the site that they stand on.

- Successful bidders wishing to remove the boxes will have to do so at their own expense.

-  Those wishing to leave the boxes in place will have to seek permission to do so from the council."

Edinburgh Evening News:  April 30, 2012, p.9

(L) - The Offer Document below shows that these boxes have been listed by Historic Scotland.
          NOTE:  There are some discrepancies between this list and information provided by Historic Scotland.  See table below.

Offer Document

I now have a copy of the offer document giving more details of the boxes for sale.  It gives more information about the boxes being sold.

-  This style of box is unique to Edinburgh.

-  The boxes were designed by the City Architect, Ebenezer MacRae between 1931 and 1933

-  The boxes include the Edinburgh City Crest and a ribboned wreath decoration.

-   The boxes measure 6' 6" x 4' 6" with a ridge height of approx 9' 0".  They are cast iron and weigh about two tonnes each.

-   The closing date for offers for the boxes above is noon on May 31, 2012.

Comments

3.

May 2012

Information on the Internet

After reading the comments above in the Edinburgh Evening News, I had a look on the Internet to see what else I could discover.

There were many pages also commenting on the proposed sale of the police boxes, but I also found an     on this Edinburgh Police Boxes - Geotag Maps and Anecdote page on the Flickr web site.  It gives more details about the history of Edinburgh's police boxes together with details of most of the police boxes that are still in place in Edinburgh.  The details below are taken from this site.

How Many Police Boxes?

"1.  When police boxes were first installed in Edinburgh in 1933, there were 141 boxes and also 13 police pillars.

2.  A survey was conducted in 1992, and this found that 95 of these boxes were still in place. **

3.  It is believed that there are, at May 2012, approx 75 of the boxes still in place.  The Geotag Maps and Anecdote page gives the street locations and map references for these, together with Google Street View photos of most of them. **

Source:  Edinburgh Police Boxes - Geotag Maps and Anecdote web site on Flickr

Discrepancies

**  Both these surveys appear to be almost complete, but there are a few boxes missing, and a couple of boxes listed that have since been removed.

Where I am aware of any discrepancies in 3 above, I have adjusted for them on the list below, resulting in a total of 80 police boxes and 1 replica police box (on wheels) found at May 2012.

 

Comments

4.

May 2012

Police Boxes

My own records and the photos that I have taken to date agree fairly closely with the Geotag Maps and Anecdote page above. 

This page lists the police boxes that I have photographed over the past few years, and has links to many of the Police Box photos.

Police Box and Zebra Crossing outside Royal Mile Primary School, Canongate

 

Comments

5.

May 2012

Police Boxes Sold Previously

There were also sales of Police Boxes in earlier years:

-  2007:  9 boxes sold

-  1998:  How many boxes sold

-  Which other years?  How many boxes sold in each of these years?

After the sale of the 22 boxes on May 31, 2012, there will still be 20 boxes still in the ownership of Lothian & Borders Police.  The table at the top of this page of Police Box photos shows which these are.

 

Police Boxes

List + Photos of Police Boxes

Police Box Recollections

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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