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Signs

on the

Pavement or Kerb

Waterloo Place  -  What is the Meaning of this Sign?

Sign on the pavement in Waterloo Place, Edinburgh  -  'CS3'  -  What does it mean?

Terry Cox, Fairmilehead, Edinburgh:                                                                                            Photo taken late-2013 or early-2014

 

Comment

1

Terry Cox

Fairmilehead, Edinburgh

Thank you to Terry Cox, Fairmilehead, Edinburgh for sending me this recent photo that he took of  sign on the pavement in Waterloo Place, Edinburgh.

Terry wrote:

 

CS3

What does it denote?
Is it 'Coach Stance'?
 

Waterloo Place

"Over the past few years, I've  noticed this sign on the pavement in Waterloo Place.

As I remember, there were three of them. CS1, CS2, & CS3, embedded in the pavement, or attached to the kerb stones, and orientated to be read from the road.

I just assumed that they were to do with the coaches that used to stop there:  Coach Stance 1, Coach Stance 2, etc."

Around Edinburgh

"Then, I began to see quite a few of these, in different places around Edinburgh.

-  one in Parliament Square, when I worked in the courts.

 more than one down on Belford Bridge

some somewhere else, but can't remember where.

However, none of these signs seemed to fit in too well with the idea of a Coach Stance."

Not so Easy to Find

"Having got a digital camera recently, I thought I had nothing to do but go round taking photos of the signs.  But it turned out to be not quite as easy as I had expected.

The only sign that I could find was the one that I photographed above.   This may be to do with the fact that this one is set into the pavement, rather than attached to the kerb stones."

Question

"I'm now curious to know what these signs were for and why most of them have disappeared.  I'm sure somebody will know.  Do you have any ideas?"

Terry Cox, Fairmilehead, Edinburgh:  January 6, 2014

Reply to Terry

If you have any answers or information that you'd like to pass on to Terry,  please email me, then I'll pass on his email address to you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 11, 2014

 

Reply

1

Billy Miller

Polwarth, Edinburgh

Thank you to Billy Miller, Polwarth, Edinburgh for telling me more about this CS3 sign on the kerb.

I met Billy last week at the monthly meeting of Edinburgh Transport Group, a group with a particular interest in buses in and around Edinburgh,.

Billy told me:

CS3

   'CS3' sign in the pavement at Waterloo Place.  What is the meaning of this sign?

" 'CS3' denotes a Carriage Stance for 3 horse-drawn carriages.  There are several of these signs in the streets of Edinburgh, including the one at Waterloo Place, photographed above.

These signs can be found at:

College Street (behind the Old Quad)

Great King Street

London Road

Polwarth Crescent  (Originally there were 2 here, but one is now buried beneath a traffic island.)

Waterloo Place (This is the one photographed above.)"

Billy Miller, Polwarth, Edinburgh:  March 6, 2014

 

Reply

2

Terry Cox

Fairmilehead, Edinburgh

After reading Reply 1 above from Billy Miller, Terry Cox (who asked the original question about these signs on the pavement kerbs) wrote:

CS3

   'CS3' sign in the pavement at Waterloo Place.  What is the meaning of this sign?

"Billy:  thanks very much for your reply  -  very interesting.

When I thought that these kerb signs were for coaches, I wasn't thinking of the horse drawn kind!!  I have the Post Office Directory for 1848-49, with all the Hackney Carriage Regulations.

Waterloo Place is not listed as a Carriage Stance, although Princes Street East is, which would probably cover it. I would assume Waterloo Place would be for the theatre.

I'll certainly be keeping an eye out for the other kerb signs on my wanders round the town.  A big thanks to Billy for his info. There's always someone who knows about these things!"

Terry Cox, Fairmilehead, Edinburgh:  March 14, 2014

 

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3

Terry Cox

Fairmilehead, Edinburgh

Thank you to Terry Cox for writing again after finding two more carriage stance signs on pavements in Edinburgh.

Terry wrote:

CS3

   'CS3' sign in the pavement at Waterloo Place.  What is the meaning of this sign?

"Further to the discussion above regarding the CS3 sign in Waterloo Place, which Billy Miller said was a carriage stance, I recently came across these two in Whitehouse Loan."

Whitehouse Loan

Terry Cox, Fairmilehead, Edinburgh

Whitehouse Loan

Terry Cox, Fairmilehead, Edinburgh

Billy Miller did not mention signs in Whitehouse Loan in his list above, so I thought he might be interested to hear about them."

Terry Cox, Fairmilehead, Edinburgh:  May 21, 2015

Thanks, Terry

Hi Terry:

Thanks for letting me see the photos of the signs that you found in Whitehouse Loan.  I wonder how many more of these signs are still 'out there' on the streets of Edinburgh.

Unfortunately, I've not been able to find an email address for Billy Miller, to let him know about the Whitehouse Loan signs, so I hope he will have another look at the EdinPhoto web site and come across the comments and photos above.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  May 21, 2015

 

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