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Views around Dumbiedykes  -  Photography by Wullie Croal

The Pleasance

near the top of Arthur Street

The Pleasance  -  near the top of Arthur Street

Photograph of Woodard & Son in the Pleasance, near the top of Arthur Street  -  photograph taken by Wullie Croal

  Photograph reproduced with acknowledgement to Tam and Wullie Croal

 

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   Photograph of Woodard & Son in the Pleasance, near the top of Arthur Street  -  photograph taken by Wullie Croal

View the backs of these Pleasance buildings

   Dumbiedykes Survey Photograph - 1959  -  Waste ground behind The Pleasance

 

The Pleasance

Thank you to Eric Gold, East End, London and to Tam Croal, Edinburgh for identifying this location.

Eric wrote:

"I think the Woodward & Son shop in this photo was next to Young Brothers' bakers shop in the Pleasance,  at the top of the brae (Arthur Street).  You can see Oakfield Close next to Young Brothers

 I will await Tams verdict, but I would gamble on it."

Eric Gold  July 2, 2006

Tam confirmed the location and added:

"Woodards was a clock and watch repairer.

There used to be a big clock in Woodward's window.  He took it out one day and all the locals went mad because everybody used it all the time when passing."

Tam Croal  July 3, 2006

Eric added:

"I have done a wee bit of detective work on this photo.

When the shot was taken, the top of the brae was knocked down.  I know they left the church which was used then to make pipes for organs and in the background you can see my nursery which I'm sure, years before I was born, was a brewery. It still stands to this day.  With the Edinburgh Festival coming up soon they have fringe shows, and I'm positive the Pleasance Theatre stands.

Also if you look through Oakfield Close there is a white building so I reckon that was the new houses under construction in 1967. The area in shot was pulled down say 1969 to 1971.  I know they left it standing for a wee while and when I used to come home on leave from working on the Queen Mary I said to the taxi driver driving me home from Waverly station to Craigmillar via the Pleasance "I thought these buildings would be knocked down by now."

I did have a stroll along there with my family just before I was transferred to the QE2 on her maiden voyage in May 1969.  So, that's my detective work done.

Eric Gold  July 3, 2006

 

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

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