of Views 1 and 2
These views, both numbered 118 in G W
Wilson's stereo series, are taken from different negatives.
View 1 appears to
be the earlier negative, probably around 1860.
View 2 is possibly
a year or two later. I have arrived at these dates by looking beyond
In these views:
- the area at the southern end of Waverley Bridge (beyond the 2
arches) has been cleared to allow building work to commence on the new Lord
Cockburn Street (now known as Cockburn Street.) The building of this
street commenced around 1859.
- the street was to swing round to the left and head up the hill
towards the Tron Kirk in the Edinburgh Royal Mile, seen on the skyline of
- three buildings on the route that Lord Cockburn Street was to
take appear to be still standing in View 1 but to have been demolished in
View 2. They are the tall building with the white gable-end and
the buildings on either side of it.