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477B Lawnmarket

Door at the Back of Gladstone's Land

477B Lawnmarket  -  1970s

James' Court, off Lawnmarket, Edinburgh

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                      Photograph taken: September 8, 2010

Photograph of the door of

477B Lawnmarket

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In the photo above we zoom-in to see if we can read the sign above the door of 477B Lawnmarket, the building in the centre of this photo:

James' Court, off Lawnmarket, Edinburgh

The sign appears to read:

????ET?

BOOT?AKER

ENTR???E 189

??????RKET

The number on the door can be seen to be No 477B.

I've looked through the oldest Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directory that I have (1903) to see if a boot maker can be found at that address.  The directory lists 230 Boot and Shoe Makers in Edinburgh at that time.

Nobody was listed in the directory at 477b Lawnmarket, but there is bootmaker, Thomas Bennett, listed at 489 Lawnmarket.  It seems very likely, to me, that this would have been the same address.  (Look at the current numbering on this map, and how No 489 would fit neatly into the sequence where 477B is now.)

So, the sign might originally have read:

T. BENNETT

BOOTMAKER

ENTRANCE 489

LAWNMARKET

 

Peter Stubbs:  September 8, 2010

 

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Robert Dick

Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

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Thank you to Robert Dick who replied:

"I've just seen the photo at the top of this page:

477B Lawnmarket - The Door - 2010 :

You are bang on with the details of the sign above the door.  My great, great grandmother, Jessie Whitehead Bennett (1879-1948), was adopted by bootmaker Thomas Bennett (1847-1907) and his wife Mary Baxter (1850-1903).

This page on the RCAHMS web site has some photos that confirm your findings.  Thomas lived at 489 Lawnmarket.  You can see the writing on and above the first floor window.

Many of my ancestors lived in the Lawnmarket, especially in the James Court area from 1850 up to as recently as 1993."

Robert Dick, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland:  August 13+20, 2011

 

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