Dumbiedykes Survey Photographs - 1959 Survey
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Edinburgh City Libraries and
Prospect Street, Arthur Street and 'The Scotchie'
PROSPECT STREET is the street on
the left of this picture. The hill, upper left , is at the base of
Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park.
THE SCOTCHIE is the hill (lower right). It had a level top, used
for football matches.
ARTHUR STREET is the steep-sloping street straight ahead (centre and
right in the picture). Several carts and lorries ran out of control
down this street, ending up in Holyrood Park, including this coal lorry:
The street on the left of this picture is Prospect Street. There
used to be tenements on both sides of this street. Does anybody know
why those on the west side, at the foot of the hill beside where the car
is parked, were demolished?
Thank you to Roberta Luciani, Canada who wrote:
"I don't know what happened to the buildings
on the Scotchie, but I do remember there being a bomb shelter there.
There were bomb shelters in all the back
greens of the buildings. They were pulled down after the war, or should I
say, partially demolished, and the greens were never the same afterwards."
Roberta Luciani, Thorold, Ontario, Canada: February
What was the
Here are children playing on waste ground by
Prospect Place, in the Dumbiedykes district of Edinburgh, in 1959.
Does anybody know what the building with the skylights in the centre
of the picture was? - perhaps some sort of factory or studio?
Alex Cowans & Sons
Thank you to Bob Henderson who
lived at 17 Arthur Street, 1938-48, who
e-mailed me, telling me that the factory was Alex Cowans & Sons.
"As children, during and just
after the war, we used to look in at the ground
floor windows, which were always open, amazed by the roaring clanking
monsters that were the box making machines.
Bob tells me that he now lives at Burdiehouse, Edinburgh. He
moved there when the scheme was built, just after World War 2:
"THE HOMES FIT FOR HEROES"
Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh: December 2, 2006
The steep slopes beneath Salisbury Crags in Holyrood Park can be seen
in the background. There is just one vehicle, a small black car, in this
After adding this photo to the web site, I was pleased
(and surprised!) to receive an email
from Ian Mycko who used to live in the area.
Ian gave me details of the
giving me details of the
at St John's Hill,
Dumbiedykes. He ended with the comment:
car in the photo of Prospect Place was my dad's car."
Ian Mycko, January 2005
Ian added that he was a pupil
at St Patrick's RC Primary School from 1963 to 1966, and that the school
is just to the right of this picture of St John's Hill:
The large photograph above was one of several dozen taken in 1959 by Adam H
Malcolm in the Dumbiedykes area of Edinburgh. These photographs were
taken shortly before the houses were demolished. Adam H Malcolm donated these photographs to the Edinburgh City
Libraries in the 1960s and they can now be found in the Library's
Edinburgh Room Collection.