Looking down Yardheads and across the
gardens to Henderson Street
was taken from the corner of Yardheads and Henderson Gardens.
The spires of two churches in Constitution Street can be seen in the background.
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Sandra Cochrane,
Consecon, Ontario, Canada.
Thanks you also to John Stewart, Livingston, West Lothian Scotland
This photo and others donated by Sandra appear on John Stewart's
Old Leither web site.
Thank you to Richard Kent who wrote:
Yardheads and Henderson Street
"I have been researching
my family history, and was particularly fascinated to see the
photograph of Yardheads looking towards Henderson Street
I discovered in my
researches that the area between Yardheads and Giles Street where
the triangle-shaped park now stands was, until the 1890s, a series
of small closes, all swept away to make way for Henderson Street.
My forbears in the Low
family lived in Vinegar Close and I find it almost impossible to
visualise these narrow, insanitary lanes as they once were.
I wondered if you knew if any photos of these closes exist.
I suspect not - otherwise you'd probably have them on your site?"
Richard Kent, Leith, Edinburgh:
November 22, 2009
Unfortunately, I don't know of any old photos
of the closes that once stood where Henderson Street was built.
If anybody else knows of any, maybe they will
email me, then I can let you know.
The old closes between Yardheads and Giles
Street can be seen in the centre of this 1870 map.
Incidentally, Vinegar Close appears on
Kirkwood's map of 1817. I don't have a copy of that map on
the EdinPhoto web site.
['The Pace Names of Edinburgh'
February 23, 2009
Old Town, Edinburgh
Thank you to Eric Drake for replying to Richard Kent's request
above for a picture of Vinegar Close.
"Some of my ancestors
lived in Vinegar Close, too, in the 1830s and 1840s.
Iíve just discovered that
there is a picture of Vinegar Close in Volume 1 of Ironís Leith
and its Antiquities, published in 1897.
There is a copy of this
the Edinburgh Room collection at Edinburgh Central Library on
George IV Bridge."
Eric Drake, Old Town, Edinburgh: February 8, 2011
I'd like to add a copy of this picture to the EdinPhoto web
site, but first I'll have to seek permission from City of
Edinburgh Libraries, or else acquire a copy of 'Leith and its
Antiquities' for myself.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:
February 8, 2011
Thank you to Eileen Smith who wrote:
William Power and Family
"My father, William
Power, was born in Henderson Street in 1910. He was
second eldest of 12 children born to William and Helen Power.
He was a school
teacher/headmaster and taught in:
St. Johns, Portobello.
I'd love to hear
from anyone who knew him or his brothers and sisters.
They also lived
for years at Union Street.
Their names were:
- Mary *
- Lily **
* Mary died
before my father was born.
Lily died when she
was only 14."
Eileen Smith: February 3, 2010
One name appears to be missing from
the list. I've asked Eileen for it.
Reply to Eileen Smith
If you would like to send a reply to Eileen,
please email me, then I'll pass it on to her.
Peter Stubbs: February 3,