Square lies to the east of the Meadows, about half a mile to the
south of St Giles Cathedral. A few of the original
houses remain, but most were demolished to make way for high
rise buildings for Edinburgh University around the 1960s.
Thank you to Winifred Sillitto, Dunbar,
East Lothian, Scotland for sending me the photograph above.
George Square Demolition
This photograph was taken
by my late husband, Richard M. Sillitto, from our kitchen
window as we watched the first demolition of the east side.
He took it with a plate camera,
processed it same day
Notice the old 'Pear Tree' pub
in Buccleuch Street, on the
Winifred Sillitto: 23
Here are two views of the square:
- an engraving from the 19th
century, taken from the book Grant's
'Old & New Edinburgh',
- a photograph taken in 1956, or