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Fireplace at Dumbiedykes

6 Heriot Mount

 Wullie Croal's Fireplace  -  6 Heriot Mountt

Shoes and Boots in front of the Fireplace at Wullie Croal's house, 6 Heriot Mount, Edinburgh

©  Wullie Croal.  Thank you to Tam Croal (Wullie's son) for sending this photograph to me.

 

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   Shoes and Boots in front of the Fireplace at Wullie Croal's house, 6 Heriot Mount, Edinburgh ©

 

1950s to 1960s

Shoes at the Fireplace

Thank you to Tam Croal for sending me several of his dad's photos taken in Edinburgh, mainly around the Dumbiedykes district and Holyrood Park, between the 1950s and 1970s.

The photograph above is of shoes and boots in front of the fireplace at Wullie's home.

I originally thought that this photo had been taken at the family's home at 44 West Richmond Street, Southside, Edinburgh - but see 'Recollections 1' below.

 

Recollections

1.

Joyce Ritchie (née Croal)

London, England

Thank you to Joyce Ritchie who wrote, after seeing one of Wullie Croal's photos:

6 Heriot Mount

"I am one of Wullie Croal's daughters. I've just seen the photograph of our fireplace that my brother Tam sent to you. I think my poor brother's memory is worse than mine, as the photograph was taken at our home in 6 Heriot Mount.

The shoes (from left to right) belonged to:

-  my father Wullie

-  my mum May

-  my sister, June

-  myself

-  our little sister, Linda.

Tam can be forgiven for the error, as neither he or my brother Brian were born at the time.

Joyce Ritchie (née Croal):  March 5, 2009

 

Recollections

2.

Eric Gold

East End, London, England

Thank you to Eric Gold who saw this photo of the shoes in the fireplace and wrote:

Fireplace

   Shoes and Boots in front of the Fireplace at Wullie Croal's house, 6 Heriot Mount, Edinburgh ©

"At Dumbiedykes, we all had one of these Victorian grates (fireplaces).  I remember ours well, with the gas poker and  two chairs, one either side, were one could sit and get warmed up especially in the cold winters.

My mother would bake a great steak and kidney pie and the crust was great, I have never tasted a pie as good as hers, not because she was my mother.  The old Scottish recipe was handed down from  generation to generation.

I told the head chef on the Queen Mary about the pie and he agreed with me as when you’re cooking for a family and not thousands the pie will always be best, home cooked.

On Friday nights, my ma would blacken the fireplace with Zeebo, a paste for fireplaces, then burnish the silver handles, I don’t know what you call the thing but it was like a wire wool ball.  My friend who has an antique shop said these fireplaces are worth a few quid nowadays. I only wish I knew what happened to all those fireplaces when Arthur Street met it fateful end."

Eric Gold, East End, London:  March 6, 2009

 

Recollections

3.

John Devlin

Sun City, Florida, USA

John Devlin wrote

Boots and Shoes

   Shoes and Boots in front of the Fireplace at Wullie Croal's house, 6 Heriot Mount, Edinburgh ©

"Wonderful photo of the fireplace at Heriot Mount.  What I note is seeing how the shoes, for the most part, have been carefully polished."

John Devlin, Sun City, Florida:  March 7, 2009

 

Recollections

4.

Eric Gold

East End, London, England

Eric Gold added:

Skillet

   Shoes and Boots in front of the Fireplace at Wullie Croal's house, 6 Heriot Mount, Edinburgh ©

"I forgot to mention that those grates had an old cast iron skillet (frying pan) and ours was very old.

My ma struck a deal with my Auntie Marion who also stayed in East Arthur Place, and changed hers for an electric one.

My Auntie Marion gave the pan to her daughter, Rena, who is going to let me have it, as long as it stays in the family and will not be sold, as the pan has been passed from generation to generation"

Eric Gold, East End, London:  March 8, 2009

 

Recollections

5.

Joyce Ritchie (née Croal)

London, England

Thank you to Joyce Ritchie who replied

Boots and Shoes

Shoes and Boots in front of the Fireplace at Wullie Croal's house, 6 Heriot Mount, Edinburgh ©

"John Devlin in America left a nice comment about our fireplace photo, mentioning the shine on the shoes lined up in front of it.

Well, every night my dad would polish these shoes to within an inch of their lives, and mum would iron our hair ribbons, which would hang on the brass rail above the fire (just out of shot in the photo.)

Mum and dad slept in the bed recess (just left of the fireplace) while my sisters and I slept in the bedroom, which also doubled as dad's dark room.

Happy, happy days"

Joyce Ritchie (née Croal):  March 9, 2009

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks