Inverleith Row
Photo captioned: Marchmont Road

1948

Inverleith Row  -  Bus and Lamp Post Crash - 1948

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Edinburgh City Archives. Street Lighting Collection SL90/8
Any reproduction requires  the prior permission of Edinburgh City Archives
 

 

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      Inverleith Row  -  Bus and Lamp Post Crash - 1948

 

Marchmont Road or Inverleith Row?

Accident

Thank you to Edinburgh City Archives for allowing me to reproduce this photo from their Edinburgh Street Lighting Collection.

This accident happened in Marchmont Road.  I've not yet discovered exactly where it was in Marchmont Road. **   The tread on the front nearside tyre looks rather warn.

There is no photographer's name on this photo;  just a brief message

Marchmont Road **

July 23, 1948

No one injured

 

**  Update

This photo was actually taken in Inverleith Row.

See Reply 5 below.

Another photo

Here is another photo of the same accident.

Inverleith Row  -  Bus and Lamp Post Crash - 1948

Reply

1.

Alan Wilson

Trinity, Edinburgh

Alan Wilson who wrote:

Marchmont Road?

"This photo of the bus crash on Marchmont Road doesn't look right to me.  From memory, Marchmont Road is all tenements.

Inverleith Row  -  Bus and Lamp Post Crash - 1948

This street looks like Inverleith Row to me!

Alan Wilson, Trinity, Edinburgh:  January 13, 2011

Response to Alan's Comments

Thanks Alan.  Having looked again at the photo, I agree.  That's not how I remember Marchmont Road.

I took the location from the note written in ink on the back of both photos of this accident in the Edinburgh City Archive collection, but I think some further investigation is now needed.

I've had a quick look on the scran site on the internet, but have not found any reference to the accident there.

Peter Stubbs:  January 13, 2011

 

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2.

Alan Wilson

Trinity, Edinburgh

Alan Wilson who wrote:

Inverleith Row

"It will be interesting to see how this pans out.  It's a pity it will be dark when I leave work, or I'd take a detour via Inverleith Row just to satisfy my curiosity - maybe at the weekend.

Alan Wilson, Trinity, Edinburgh:  January 13, 2011

 

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3.

Bryan Gourlay

Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Bryan Gourlay wrote suggesting that the photo might have been taken in Strathearn Road.  However, see Reply 6  below.

Acknowledgement:  Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland:  January 13, 2011

 

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4.

Richard Torrance

Edinburgh

Richard Torrance wrote:

Inverleith Row

"It looks much more like Inverleith Row to me.  It certainly does not resemble anything in Marchmont.

Richard Torrance, Edinburgh:  January 13, 2011

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5.

Forbes Wilson

Trinity, Edinburgh

Thank you to Forbes Wilson for sending me an image from Google Street View.  This leaves it beyond doubt that the photo was taken on the west side of  Inverleith Row, close to the Royal Botanic Garden.

Forbes wrote:

"I have to agree.  It is definitely Inverleith Row.  I know it well from my daily trips down to Granton."

Forbes Wilson, near Wilson, Guildford, Surrey:  January 13, 2011

Photos

I've reproduced below the original photograph of the accident, followed by the Google street view.  I've rarely seen Inverleith Row with so little traffic.

1948

Inverleith Row  -  Bus and Lamp Post Crash - 1948

2010

Inverleith Row

"I have to agree.  Both photos are of Inverleith Row."

Peter Stubbs:  January 20, 2011

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6.

Joan Ballantyne

Darlington, Durham, Edinburgh

Thank you to Joan Ballantyne for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guest book.  Joan wrote:

Inverleith

"It does look like Inverleith.

Might it be Arboretum House on the right-hand side?"

Joan Ballantyne, Darlington, Durham, England:
 Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, January 13, 2011

Yes

Yes Joan.  It certainly is Inverleith Row, close to the Royal Botanic Garden.

I cannot remember the house names, but I'll check next time I pass them.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 15, 2010

 

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7.

John McSparron

Thank you to John McSparron who added:

No Engine!

Inverleith Row  -  Bus and Lamp Post Crash - 1948

"It's very odd that there is apparently no engine in the bus."

John McSparron:  September 12, 2012

 

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