The Pleasance - Young Brothers'
bakery - c.1961-63
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Willie Croal who took this photo and
to Eric Gold who supplied the image.
Comely Bank, Edinburgh
Thank you to Bill Cockburn for sending the
Young Brothers' Bakery
"In this picture, the shop with the large
frontage is Young Brothers. Just to the right is the tenement
(No.120) with the roof garden.
Young Brothers was quite a big bakery
business, which became part of the 'Sunblest' Group, along with 'Martin's
The Bakers' of Grove Street, and 'Smith's' of Hawkhill.
All the boards that were used to transport
bread, cakes, pies, etc. were of a standard size and slotted onto rails in
the delivery vans. The boards which were timber framed with a plywood
base, constantly had to be repaired or replaced. Mr Linton whose workshop
was at the basement of 120 The Pleasance, (just next door to the bakery)
had the contract to undertake this task.
The yard where the bakery vans
were loaded/unloaded was at the rear of the bakery, and was accessed from
The Pleasance via Arthur Street and West Arthur Place."
Mr Linton's Workshop
"You will notice a noticeboard above the stair
entrance. This board advertised Mr Linton's workshop which was below
street level. When you entered the stair you had to go down a flight of
steps to the workshop.
To the left of the stair
entrance, there is a small window. I'm not sure if this was for lighting
purposes, or if it was used to load/unload breadboards."
Newsagent, Pub and Church
"To the right of 120 Pleasance there is a
painted facade. This was Jamieson's the newsagent, and to the right of
Jamieson's is the pub at the corner of Salisbury Street."
To the extreme right of the picture is The
Charteris Church on the corner of Brown Street."
"My old home, No.132 Pleasance, was situated
in the gap between Salisbury Street and Brown Street and was above Jimmy
Mc Clelland's Dairy. This was obviously demolished before this photo was
taken. There were 4 families living at 132 Pleasance.
On the first floor were:
- Mary & Alfie Walker and their
family, Arthur (Tam), George, Sally and Liz. Mary was my mother's sister.
- the Erskines, who had 1 daughter,
On the top landing were:
- the McNabs / Sutherlands
- our family, consisting of my mother Helen
(Nellie), my father George (Geordie) my big sister Mary
(Maisie) and my little sister Helen(e).
There were 2 outside toilets, one on each
landing. There was no hot water, or inside toilet. We were fortunate
to have electric lighting, though the stairs were still lit by gas, and
were quite eerie. My mother used to tell me that this tenement had been
condemned since before the second world war.
Prince Albert Buildings
"We moved to Prince Albert Buildings about
1955/6 but the tenement in the Pleasance lasted a few more years.
Ah the memories linger on!"
Comely Bank, Edinburgh: May 7, 2007
Several people, including Bill Cockburn (above), have sent their
of the waste ground behind the backs of these buildings. Please
click on the thumbnail images below to read these recollections:
Here are more views of
Here are notes about an
film with scenes filmed in 'a wee pub in The Pleasance'.