Simon Square

Simon Square - Public Wash House - 1959

Dumbiedykes Survey Photograph - 1959  -  Simon Square Public Wash House

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services                                          Neg. L973C




Dave Elgin

Dundee, Tayside, Scotland

Thank you to Dave Elgin who wrote about this photo of the Public Wash House, seen here on a misty day in 1959.

Dave wrote:

Wash House

   Dumbiedykes Survey Photograph - 1959  -  Simon Square Public Wash House

Washing and Drying

"This photo brings back lots of memories of the days my mother would take her washing in a large black bag and head off for the wash house with the children following her.

As you went into the building you paid your money and proceeded to put your washing into big machines on the right- hand-side of the building.

There were no spin dryers in these days.  The washing was dried by hanging it on large horse pulleys, I think they were called, which had hot air blown through them  When your washing was dry, you pulled out the horse and removed the washing.

Beside the Wash House

Beside the wash house, was a small swings park where we played while the washing was being done.

On the other side of the building, if I can remember correctly, was a church which I attended many times. It may have been Salvation Army.  It was always a very happy, easy going service which attracted a lot of people.

The Lamp Post

I was also interested to see the lamp post with the gas lamp which would have been lit each evening by a gentleman with a long pole who used to do the rounds when it got dark.

Dave Elgin, Dundee, Tayside, Scotland:  January 6, 2009




Tam Smith


Thank you to Tam Smith, formerly known by his middle name, David Smith,  who wrote:

Simon Square

"Simon Square was more or less my first address.  We stayed there with my grandparents, in 1951, on the top floor of No.1, shown here:

Gibbs Entry

    The corner of Gibb's Entry and Simon Square  -  July 2008

I remember the inscription above the entrance to the wash house, opposite:


-  strange things you remember.


Around 1952-53, we left and moved into a Prefab in no. 11 Greendykes Crescent, next to the swing park.

Then, when the prefabs were being demolished, we moved to 9 Craigmillar Castle Grove. A lot of the recollections of Craigmillar listed here are the same as mine.

I became a Ferranti apprentice then left Scotland for Germany in 1971, and have been here ever since.

Tam Smith (David Smith), Germany:  July 20, 2011



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