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Edinburgh Recollections

Old Town Closes

Beside St Giles Cathedral

Linking High Street and Cowgate, Old Town, Edinburgh

 

Recollections

1.

Jane Jones née Richardson
Cambridgeshire, England

-  Old Fleshmarket Close

2.

James Rafferty
Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

-  Old Fleshmarket Close

-  Fleshmarket Close

-  Anchor Close

-  Warriston Close

-  Advocate's Close

 

Recollections

1.

Jane Jones (née Richardson)

Cambridgeshire, England

Thank you to Jane Jones who read about Fleshmarket Close having been known as 'The Plowt', then sent me this message about another of Edinburgh's closes, Old Fishmarket Close -  the close beside St Giles' Church that led from the High Street to Cowgate.

Jane wrote:

Old Fishmarket Close

'Poaly Oaly Close'

"I just thought I'd throw in another spanner to gum up the works about local place names.

When I lived in the Cowgate in the 1960s, we children and many adults called Old Fishmarket Close, (pronounce as it is spelt) Poaly Oaly Close.  I'm positive this is not the right spelling, but it is as near as I can get to how it sounded.

Does anyone out there know how this name came about?

I've often wondered if it was anything to do with the Police Station (Polis Station) at the top of the close."

Jane Jones (née Richardson), Cambridgeshire, England:  August 15, 2008

Answer?

If you can provide an answer for Jane, please email me, then I'll pass it on to her.

Thank you.  - Peter Stubbs:  August 15, 2008

 

Recollections

2.

James A Rafferty

Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland

Thank you to James A Rafferty who wrote about the names by which some of the other Old Town closes were known to children in the past.

James wrote

Old Fishmarket Close

"Jane Jones is spot on with her recollection of Old Fishmarket Close.  Having been brought up in the High Street, we also knew this close as 'Poalis Office Close'."

"In fact, a lot of closes were known to us by other names. 

Fleshmarket Close

The bottom part of Fleshmarket Close was 'Pet Shop Steps' because of Banks' pet shop that other contributors have mentioned.

Anchor Close

The bottom part of Anchor Close was 'Duncans Close' because of the sale room that was down there on the right hand side.  I seem to recall they sold birds, budgies and canaries, and a lot of bikes.

Warriston close

Warriston Close was know as 'The Hundreds' because of the number of steps, not really hundreds but it seemed like it when you were young.

Advocate's Close

Advocate's Close was 'The Printers Close' because the back door to the Evening Dispatch print room was down there.

They kept the back door open and you could see them changing the metal plates on the presses."

James A Rafferty, Falkirk, Stirlingshire, Scotland:  August 15, 2008

 

More names for Edinburgh Closes

Fleshmarket Close

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

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