The corner of
'Reply 1' below for
comments on this location.
Scappaticcis Fish & Chip Shop -
Henderson Street, Coalhill
with acknowledgement to John Stewart, Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland
Scappaticcis Fish & Chip Shop
Thank you to John
Stewart for allowing me to reproduce this photograph of
Scappaticcis fish and chip shop at Henderson Street, Coalhill.
"This photo was probably taken around
1950s and 1960s
By the 1950s and 1960s, the building
had become Pompa's Billiard Hall. Mr Pompa was an old
Italian. He employed a bouncer for his Billiard Hall.
Since 1986, the building has been 'The
Raj' Indian Restaurant.
John Stewart, Livingston,
West Lothian, Scotland:
email, Nov 11, 2010 + phone call,
Nov 16, 2010
Inside the Fish and Chip Shop
Here is a view of the inside of Scappaticcis fish and chip
shop, also probably taken around 1920:
John Stewart is author of the
web site. One of the sections in that site, 'Italian
Connections', looks at some of the Italians who have settled
and set up business in Leith.
photos above are featured in the
section of the 'Old Leither' web site.
I had originally
described Scappaticci's fish and chip shop in these photos as
being on the corner of Henderson Street and Coalhill.
Parkinson has written to tell me that it was actually on the
corner of Kirkgate and Coatfield Lane.
Thank you Fraser.
Your comments are helpful. I've now changed the caption for
Scappaticci's Fish & Chip Shop
"Far be it for me to question yourself
or the late John Stewart, but something was not right with this
location given for this photo."
Kirkgate and Coatfield Lane
"I can now tell you that the correct
location of Scappaticci's Restaurant in Leith was NOT Henderson
Street and Coalhill but it was on the corner of Kirkgate and
I've looked very closely at 1960s
Edinburgh photographs of this location and the photograph which
you have from the 'Old Leithers' website. The entrance
doorway and facade on both photos match perfectly."
Fraser Parkinson, Pilrig,
Edinburgh: October 21, 2013
Thank you to James Brown for adding:
World War II
"During World War II and
after, the premises of
and chip shop (below) were occupied by a haberdashery shop."
"To the right of the former
Scappaticci's fish and chip shop in this picture, there is a doorway that
gave access to the premises above the ground floor Shops.
"To the right of the entrance
door for the upper floor premises, there is another small shop. At
the end of WWII, this was a
To the right of the wallpaper
shop was Laing’s,
a double- fronted butcher
shop. During the time of
rationing, this was the butcher shop thatmy Mother used.
All these shops, in the Kirkgate
and around the corner from Coatfield Lane, were directly facing St Andrew
Street, across the road."
James Brown, Perth, Western Australia,
Australia: October 28 + November 2, 2012