It must have
been an upmarket location when my grandparents moved to the Ďmain doorí at
No 13 in 1931 Ė a big step from their early beginnings in the Dumbiedykes
and the much older parts of St Leonards. Iíve got the paperwork showing they
paid the princely sum of £750 for their house - a lot of money at that time
The photo of
No 13 shows the long-gone, causey covered street and the stylish iron
railings and gate which were grabbed by the authorities for the war effort.
authorities seized my dadís and grandadís coal lorry they used to deliver
coal from St Leonards depot Ė instantly putting them out of business. I
guess some coal merchants must have been exempted from this; or people had
to rely on those still delivering coal by horse and cart.
railings have been replaced in some way or other, you can still see walls
with only the small iron stumps left in some parts of Edinburgh.