Home and Family
"I also have recollections of
East Thomas Street, Edinburgh. I lived at
No. 10 ground floor, first door on right,
from birth in 1958 until 1970, and then we moved to a 4 bedroom house
Murrayburn Gardens, Wester Hailes.
None of us live there now.
Also at 10,
East Thomas Street was my father Rendall Johnston Campbell,
known as Ron. He used to work down at the
goods yard at bottom of East Thomas Street and Brunswick Road,
driving for NDL or NCL. My
father then started to drive HGVs for Freightliners in Portobello.
I'm not sure if these two companies were
taken over or amalgamated.
My mum, Joy Campbell, my older
brother Peter and my five younger sisters Pauline, Patricia, Virginia,
Caroline and Vivianne lived at No.10 as well, until we moved to Wester
was a tiny house, 2 rooms, a toilet and coal
bunker. There was a coal fire in each of the two
main rooms. You would walk in through the
heavy front door. (The
doors were made of real wood and were heavy in those days.) In the lobby
to the left was the coal bunker, then
further up the lobby was the
toilet. (There was no bath
and no shower in those days.)
Across from the toilet, on right,
was the bedroom for my sisters my brother and myself. The far room
had the kitchen sink under the window.
It was used as our dining room and sitting room, and
dad and mum's bedroom.
Nos. 9 + 10
"I was even more amazed to
actually find this picture of 9+10 East Thomas Street on the EdinPhoto
site. Thank you to Stanley Middleton, Perthshire, formerly of the Calton
Youth Ministry, for providing this photo.
our ground floor windows at the back of the little van with the reg no.
RSF 979. The van was not ours.
This photo clearly shows our old
windows with full wire mesh on both windows. That was because we'd
had windows broken on more than one occasion by footballs. The mesh
was put up before I was born. I don't
recall any windows being broken.
A couple of people at school used to
refer to our house as 'The Prison' because of
the meshing on both windows!
used to play in our street with some of the
think there used to be some vehicle restriction from
3pm or 4pm till dusk.
The sign, I'm sure,
used to be outside
Ian Campbell, Shoreham by Sea, West
Sussex: July 18+19, Aug 3+5, 2012