enjoyed seeing this photograph of Graham Street at the end of the
war, so I was inspired to look out my own collection of photos.
Return to Graham Street
was surprised when I went to visit the street some years ago to find
the 'odd' numbers had been demolished and there was a shiny new
business in their place. The buildings on the same side as the
Water of Leith were still there. I always wondered if they were
built later because the stairs were wider, with a good landing and
I was always a bit frightened when a light was out in
number 7 because the stairs were narrow and almost spiral with very
small landings on each floor. Also, the steps were badly worn by
all the people who had climbed them over the years."
Photo at 7 Graham Street
"Here is the
that I found.
It was taken in 1963 or 1964 in the communal back garden of my gran's flat at 7 Graham Street.
The photo is of me with my nieces and the
oldest of my nephews. It was my birthday, hence the fancy dress."
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Frances Togneri,
Dryfebridge, Lockerby, Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland
gardens were separated by those high railings, always rusty and very
sharp on the points. I know they were sharp because I once tried to
climb over into the next garden (no 9) just behind where we are
standing and ripped the front of my dress open! I had to sneak into
the house to change, so my gran didnít see.
recall, the grass was a very rough rye grass. I have no idea who
cut it, but usually it was left in the condition shown. This
photo was taken on 20
June and it was already very long.
Sometimes the railings were bent
or removed and we could play 'hide and seek' through all the back
day I watched my gran would climb up onto a board over the big porcelain
sinks and lean out the window to hang the washing on the line.
other end of the line was attached to a pole and a pulley system was
used to 'wind' the line in or out. As there was no bath or shower,
visiting children were given a wash with a cloth at the same sink.
The room with the sinks was the kitchen and living room, but there
was also a bed in the recess for visitors."
The Railway Line
"At the other side of the wall (to the left of the photo) was a
railway line, disused since the 1960s. It was dug deep to allow the
trains to pass under the nearby Newhaven Road. The railway was so
deep that it was not visible from my gran's flat on the first landing. I
had to climb onto the wall to see it! Girls were tough back then!"
Frances Togneri, Dryfebridge, Lockerby, Dumfries &
Galloway, Scotland: 21 October 2013