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St James Square

Near the East End of Princes Street, Edinburgh

 

Photo 1

St James' Square  -  1956

St James Street, Edinburgh  -  1956

 Scotsman Publications Ltd.   Click here for web site details.     Licensed by Scran,   
Photo 02105532  Scran 000-000-
040-832           Photo published: May 3, 1956

 

Photo 2

View from former Government Offices about to be demolished  -  2012

The SW side of the square (on the right in this photo) is now named, 'James Craig Walk'

St James Street, Edinburgh  -  2012

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk    Photo taken:  June 18, 2012
with acknowledgement to David Kerr, Savills, for allowing me to take this photo

 

Photo 3

View from former Government Offices about to be demolished  -  2012

Same photo as 2 above, but in colour

St James Street, Edinburgh  -  2012

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk    Photo taken:  June 18, 2012
with acknowledgement to David Kerr, Savills, for allowing me to take this photo

 

Photo 4

Former Government Offices (left) covered in wire mesh and netting prior to demolition
 2012

St James Street, Edinburgh  -  2012

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                             Photo taken:  June 15, 2012

 

Photo 5

Old Buildings on the left  -  Former Government Offices on the right  -  2012

St James Street, Edinburgh  -  2012

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                             Photo taken:  June 15, 2012

 

Photo 6

Looking SW across the square from in front of Former Government Offices  -  2012

St James Street, Edinburgh  -  2012

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                             Photo taken:  June 15, 2012

 

Photo 7

Looking SW across the square to side of Register House and SW side of square - 2012

St James Street, Edinburgh  -  2012

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                             Photo taken:  June 18, 2012

 

Photo 8

North end of Old Buildings on SW side of square  -  2012

St James Street, Edinburgh  -  2012

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                             Photo taken:  June 18, 2012

 

Photo 9

Frontage of Old Buildings at NW corner of square  -  2012

25 and 24 St James Street

St James Street, Edinburgh  -  2012

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                             Photo taken:  June 18, 2012

 

Photo 10

Zoom in to the ground floor of 25 + 26 St James Square

Photo taken from the middle of the gardens in front of the tenements

St James Square  -  June 2012

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                             Photo taken:  June 25, 2012

 

Photo 11

Ground floor of 25 + 26 St James Square and gardens in front of the Tenements

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                             Photo taken:  June 25, 2012

 

Photo 12

Street sign and Artwork at north end of St James Square  -  2012

St James Street, Edinburgh  -  2012

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                             Photo taken:  June 25, 2012

 

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Saint James' Square

Photos

Photo 1

Photo 1 was taken in 1958, when there were tenements on all four sides of St James' Square.  This was about a decade before the tenements were demolished on three sides of the square to make way for the Saint James' Centre Government Offices and shopping complex, and King James Hotel.

Photos 2, 3

Photos 2,3,4.5 give a similar view to Photo 1, but taken 54 years later.  The buildings on the SW side of the square have survived, and have acquired an extra storey above ground level, due to the pavement in front of them having been lowered.

These photos were taken from the Government Offices on the opposite side of the square, looking through the wire mesh and netting that now covers these buildings, awaiting their demolition.

Photos 4, 5

These photos also look across the square towards the buildings on the SW side of the square.  However, these have been taken from ground level, close to the main entrances to the Government Offices.

Photos 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

More photos taken from ground level from various positions around the square.  These photos were all taken in late Spring, showing the trees in full bloom.

 

Saint James' Square

Background

Location

This photograph, shows Saint James' Square, once a residential area in central Edinburgh, immediately to the North of the General Post Office and North British Hotel, whose clock can be seen in the background.

1890s

Thomas Vernon Begbie

This area was the home of the photographer, Thomas Vernon Begbie, in the 1890s.  His studio was in Leith Street, which lies behind the buildings on the left side of this photo.

1940s

Air Raid Shelters

A former resident of the St James' Square area tells me that there were air raid shelters in the middle of the square in the 1940.  She is looking for a photograph showing these.  If you know of any such photo, can you please email me.

Acknowledgement:  Lily Dunn

1950s

Aerial View

Please click on the thumbnail image below to see an aerial view, looking to the SW over St James' Square towards the North British Hotel on the corner of Princes Street and North Bridge.

This photo was published in the Edinburgh Evening News on August 12, 1958.

   Aerial View of St James Square  -   looking to the SW

1970s

Demolition and Redevelopment

Almost all of the buildings in the St James Square area were demolished around 1970, to allow the area to be redeveloped as the Saint James' Centre Government Offices, hotel and shopping complex, and King James Hotel.

Thank you to Alan Monk for emailing me to remind me that the buildings on the right hand side of this photos (those with the light upper floor, on the west side of the square) were not demolished around 1970, and are in fact still standing today.*

This prompted me to take some photos of the area as it is today in June 2012.  Please click on the thumbnail image below to see them.

* Acknowledgement:  Alan Monk:  June 13, 2012

 

St James' Square

 Edinburgh

 

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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.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks