Cowgate

Looking through one of the arches of

South Bridge, towards Grassmarket

The Rag Store

Looking to the west down Cowgate

Looking to the west along Cowgate, and through one of the arches of South Bridge, towards the Grassmarket, around 1970

©  Martin Stoggell, Texas, USA                                                                                                                 Photograph taken: around 1970

 

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   Looking to the west along Cowgate, and through one of the arches of South Bridge, towards the Grassmarket, around 1970 ©

c.1970

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   Looking to the west along Cowgate, and through one of the arches of South Bridge, towards the Grassmarket, 2004 ©

2004

 

Cowgate

This view looks looks to the west down the Cowgate and through one of the arches of South Bridge, towards the Grassmarket.

Martin Stoggell wrote:

"I took this photo in the Cowgate as a kid around 1970.  I went back a few times until I felt the light was in the right direction.  I think I used a Nikkormat to take the photo.

The wall, where 'The Rag Store' writing is, was painted red.  I believe they paid a few pence for old clothes.  I never actually went inside but did notice that it occasionally had its door open for business."

Martin Stoggell, who lives beside a swamp in Texas, USA: January 17 + 18, 2011

Martin also took this photo of the same scene in 2004.  It also shows  Bannerman's Public House on the south side of  the Canongate, to the right of the South Bridge arch.

   Looking to the west along Cowgate, and through one of the arches of South Bridge, towards the Grassmarket, 2004 ©

In both photos above, one of the arches of George IV Bridge, the next crossing of Cowgate to the west, can be seen in the distance.

Recollections

1.

Tony Ivanov

Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to Tony Ivanov who wrote:

Rag Store

"This is the rag store that, as a child in the 1950ís, I visited almost every Saturday to sell the old clothes I had collected by going around the houses, knocking on doors, in order to earn some extra pocket money.

The rag store was mentioned by Eric Gold and myself in the Dumbiedykes Recollections pages on this site."

Tony Ivanov, Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland:  January 27, 2011

 

 

 

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