Leith, Portobello, Newhaven, ...
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There are still some manufacturers that
make and sell the old types of sweet, remembered by many of the
contributors to the EdinPhoto recollections pages.
One such company has a web
site named 'A Quarter of' . The
web site includes lots of info on the old sweets and illustrations of the
sweets and their wrappers.
links on the red bar at the top of thier
Barclay Price has created this
Albany Street, Edinburgh web site to record his research into
the history of Albany Street in the 19th Century. The site covers many aspects of
- House list
- St Mary's Church
- The Albany Chapel
- Royal Visits
- etc., etc.
This site looks at some of the residents of
Marchmont, Edinburgh, in the early 20th century, including:
- No 46: until 2004, the Edinburgh
E R Yerbury.
- No 55: jeweller and postcard
Austerity and Pride NEW
This is a book (not a web site). It is an
autobiography by one of the contributors to the EdinPhoto web site,
Roger Atkinson OBE, Author
Roger was born in 1928. The book includes his
memories of growing up in the 1940s Lancashire, Norwich, Aldershot,
Edinburgh, Doune, Aberdeen,, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Letchworth and
Roger's memoir1940s web site gives
more information about the book and some reviews of the book.
The first few pages of the book can be viewed
Spurtle web site has now been launched. It includes:
- notes on Broughton's history.
- back issues of Broughton History Society's
- a list of forthcoming events in Broughton.
Mountgrange for the Waverley
Valley to the north of the Canongate, including the former New
Street bus depot.
This web site gives details
SOOT (Save Our Old Town)
campaign against Mountgrange's proposed developments for the Waverley
Cockburn Association was established in 1875. It still
continues to campaign on planning, transport and architectural issues in
Thank you to Kenny Watt for emailing me on 30 April 2016
to tell me about this facebook page that he had discovered.
seen this Corstorphine Memories page? It has tons of old photos
and stuff, just like the EdinPhoto web site."
Facebook: Corstorphine Memories
Johnni (Stanton) McKenzie, who looks after the
Craigmillar Archive of photos and has held several exhibitions of photos
at Craigmillar, has set up a facebook page called
Johnni tells me that the site was set up less than ten days ago and
already has 400 members swapping old pictures and information about
Johnni's next exhibition of Craigmillar photos is to be held next
week (beginning March 21, 2011 in what will be the newly-renovated
White House at Niddrie Mains Road.
Scotland on Film web site has a link to a 4-minute film clip titled
Edinburgh Slums (1961) featuring Arthur Street, Dumbiedykes.
This site has attractive sketches of some
of Edinburgh's buildings. Several of the buildings on the
Edinburgh Architecture web site also appear in photographs and
engravings on this EdinPhoto web site.
13. Edinburgh City Libraries
- Edinburgh Room
The Edinburgh Room at Edinburgh
Central Library, George IV Bridge, has a
wide range of books, Post Office Directories, old maps and other reference material
The Edinburgh Room also has an
extensive collection of photographs, watercolours, drawings and
engravings, many of which are now
included on the
Capital Collections web site.
This is the
site of Edinburgh Camera Shop. The web site was recently
though the company was originally set up to take over the business of George
Morrison, so can trace its links back to 1912.
Cinemas and Theatres
web site by Gordon Barr gives brief details and
photographs of many of the cinemas and theatres of Edinburgh. His
site includes cinemas and theatres that are still in operation and many
that are no longer operating.
This site has been created to support people
working on feature films, documentaries, adverts, etc. in Edinburgh, the
Lothians and the Scottish Borders.
EdinFilm web site
has an impressive collection of images of Edinburgh and surrounding area,
with the option to search for images by category of subject.
Edinburgh Fire - Dec 2002
- Competition for Redevelopment
A fire broke out in the Old
Town of Edinburgh in December 2002. I have received some e-mails and
there have been comments in the
Guest Book asking about
it. I have included a few
photographs on this web site.
Here is a link to a
website that has
been created to allow architects, design students and the public to enter a competition. This is an unofficial
competition looking for ideas of how the site at South Bridge
/ Cowgate destroyed by fire
might be redeveloped.
Simon Swan, Edinburgh, is the owner and
author of this web site, a site that gives details of
gigs and venues in
Edinburgh, mainly in the 1970s and 1980s.
There are photos of venues, musicians on stage and
copies of adverts and tickets for the performances.
Venues include Caley, Clouds, Empire, La Belle Angele,
McGoos, Music Box, Subway, Tiffany's, Valentinos and many others.
I have also included information from the Edinburgh Gig Archive site in
Edinburgh Clubs and Discos, Recollections
site includes photographs taken in several of
Here is a
that features a collection of photos of
Edinburgh streets and buildings, taken by Jack Gillon in the
I found that these photos captured the
atmosphere of Edinburgh at that time very well. That's when I
arrived in Edinburgh and settled here.
This is a new non-commercial web site set up by
Morris Skilling, Craiglockhart, Edinburgh, to record his interest in Edinburgh. The site
has drop-down menus at the top of each page, with links to pages
Stories of Old Edinburgh
- Present: Attractions, Places to Visit
Free museums and galleries.
I've found 'History and
Derivation of Edinburgh Street Names',
(Publ. Edinburgh Corporation
City Engineers Dept)
to be a good reference book.
content of the book can now be found this
The street names are listed in two parts:
- streets named
up to 1920
researched by Charles B Boog Watson
- streets named
compiled by Edinburgh City Engineers Dept.
This is a
about Edinburgh, based on Woody Allan's film, Manhattan. You
may find it amusing.
web site includes a page on
Shapland Yeo, after whom the Yeo Pavilion at Fettes College was named.
Here is an old photo of Main
Street, Gilmerton, taken in the days when it was a separate village,
rather than a suburb of Edinburgh. The photograph is on the web site
of South Edinburgh Community Network.
Gilmerton lies about 4 miles
to the south-east of the centre of Edinburgh.
The Granton History Group web site includes
this section giving the history of
Gas Works, based on
research by David King, webmaster for the Granton History Group.
This web site was set up in
June 2007 by Andrew Hall to keep alive memories of the trawling industry
that was once based at Granton Harbour, Edinburgh.
Andrew now lives in
Newcastle-upon-Tyne, but is still keen to hear more stories about trawling
The site includes:
web page gives a potted
history of J Hewit & Sons. The company operates a tannery at Currie,
about 5 miles SW of the centre of Edinburgh.
This is one of the places that
I visited for my photographic project, documenting
'People at Work in Edinburgh'.
Stephen Hall's Historical Cities web site
Edinburgh plots the locations for photos of Edinburgh from
different periods as pins on a map. By clicking on any of these
pins, the photos can be enlarged and the source of these photos can be
Juniper green is a village beside the Water of Leith in
SW Edinburgh, now a suburb of Edinburgh. The village celebrated
its 300th Anniversary in 2007.
This Juniper Green
Village Association web site includes some old photos and an
aerial view of the village, together with news, history and a blog.
This page from the
web site gives details and a photograph of the training ship 'T.S.
Dolphin' that was based in Leith Docks for many years.
Leith History site,
run by John Arthur, a local historian from Leith. The site includes:
- articles on many
aspects of Leith. Several articles have been archived each month
since December 2003.
- links to many other web sites all relating to
Leith and its history. See the 'General' list on the home page.
John Stewart was born in Leith in 1934 and attended
Dr Bell's school.
Leither' web site, John records:
of growing up in Leith up to the mid-1950s..
memories of Leith.
- more about Leith: a
UPDATE 1 (Nov 2010)
Expansion of 'Old Leither' web site
The scope of the 'Old
web site is continuing to expand.
It now includes sections on:
- Men and
women's clothes fashions over the years.
UPDATE 2 (Jan 2012)
John Stewart RIP
Sadly, I'm passing on the news of the death of John Stewart (who ran
the 'OldLeither' web site) after a short illness on January 9,
I know that he will be sadly missed by
the many people around the world who have appreciated his enthusiasm for
Leith and all the work that he has done to set up his 'OldLeither' web site,
and keep it running over the past eleven years.
It is hoped that arrangements can be
made to continue to keep the 'OldLeither' web site operating.
UPDATE 3 (Jul 2013)
Thank you to Tam McLuskey for posting a message in the EdinPhoto
Other Web Sites
"This is just to let people know that the
web site has finally come to an end in its
However, you can still
access most of its features by going to:
The Spirit of Leithers website or
- Alan Bett's
I hope to see many of you coming
Tam McLuskey, Shannon Lake, Westbank, British Columbia,
Canada: July 5, 2013
Jim Macfarlane wrote:
Other Web Sites
web site has come to an end
and has been replaced by a Facebook page
The Spirit of Leithers run by John's son and daughters.
Jim Macfarlane, Gibraltar: August 5, 2013
Liberton lies about three
miles to the south east of the centre of Edinburgh. Here are 12 old photos of
Liberton, taken in the days when it was a separate village rather than a
suburb of Edinburgh. These photos include Liberton Crossroads, Liberton Kirk, Cameron Toll, Old
Dalkeith Road, Gilmerton Road and Double Hedges Road, and a map of the
These photographs are on the web
site of Edinburgh Business School at Heriot Watt University.
This site has links to
many historic maps of Edinburgh and elsewhere from the large
collection of the National Library of Scotland's map room.
Music Scene in Edinburgh
A NEW LINK
David Irving wrote his site
tae Hip Hop in
2013. He describes it as
"a subjective history of the Edinburgh Music scene".
looks to me to give an interesting
and informative summary of the Edinburgh music scene, broken down into
1: Shortbread and Tartan (1950-1959)
2: The First Paradiddley Dum Dum Era (1960-1966)
3: Incredible Psychedelia (1967-1969)
4: Tartan Trews and Braces (1970-1975)
5: Flying Saucers Over Arthurís Seat (1976-1978)
6: Punkís Still Not Dead (1979-1981)
7: Splashing In The Dolfinarium (1982-1986)
8: Some Of The Greatest Pop Never Heard (1987-1995)
9: Pioneering The Hauntological Approach (1996-2001)
10: Sending Out The S.O.S. (2002- 2011)
This web site looks
back on the history of
on the Firth of Forth, about three miles to the north of Edinburgh,
with its harbour, fishmarket and fishwives.
The site includes photographs, a
surname search, memories and stories and a guest book.
Old & New
James Grant's book 'Old & New Edinburgh' is now usually found in
3, or occasionally 6, bound volumes. It was originally issued in weekly
installments, around 1890, published by Cassell & Co.
Hamish Horsburgh and Peter Gerard have now made the six-volume set
available on a web site designed primarily to enable school
children and students to download images and text, and to discover more
about the architecture, history and people of Edinburgh.
The ability to search the text of these books for key words, on line,
should be very helpful.
Old Edinburgh Club
The Old Edinburgh Club is a local history society.
It was established in the early 1900s, when Edinburgh Photographic
Society's Survey Section was busy making a photographic record of
The Old Edinburgh Club
gives details of the club's lectures, visits, publications and
membership. It has links to other Edinburgh web sites and a list
of books about the history of photography.
Here is a link to a 1-minute movie clip of a
family moving out of Old Sugarhouse Close, Leith.
This is one of the films on the
Scottish Film Archive
pages of the National Library of Scotland web site. It was made,
around 1939, by Alan James Harper of Campbell Harper Productions.
This site gives a brief illustrated history of
Edinburgh's time ball at the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill and the
One o'clock Gun
at Edinburgh Castle.
The site is provided in association with the One o'clock
Gun Association which was formed in 1998 to set up a gun museum at
Portobello Local History
On this web site, Edinburgh
City Libraries give details so some of the statues and monuments in and
around Portobello, including the Miller Mausoleum, otherwise known as
This community web site
run by Bob Jefferson. It includes:
- details of forthcoming events in Portobello
- full text from past editions, from 2001 onwards, of the
local community newspaper, The Portobello Reporter.
- photo galleries, including many photos taken at the beach
- postcards of Portobello, with many more yet to be added.
This clip is from a British Pathe film titled "Allies Week in
Edinburgh 1942". It shows a large parade of servicemen and women
representing the British Commonwealth marching along Princes Street in
clip lasts less than a minute.
This site from the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historic Monuments of Scotland
has a collection of
photographs of buildings around Scotland, including Edinburgh.
The RCAHMS also has a collection of aerial photos that can be seen by
Ritz Cinema Construction
A NEW LINK
Here is a link to a 23-minute silent movie
in black and white about the construction of the Ritz Cinema in Rodney
This is one of the films on the
Scottish Film Archive
pages of the National Library of Scotland web site. The film was
made in 1929.
The film shows demolition and construction
practices of that time. They would not pass today's Health &
Safety standards! There area also some interesting views of
transport of the time.
This web site has a brief biography of Robert Blomfield, together
with his portfolio of photos, now digitized and displayed in nine
sections, four of which relate to Edinburgh.
I'm pleased to see
Robert Blomfield's Street
Photography web site. It should
enable Robert's photos to reach and be appreciated by a far wider
audience that it deserves.
The web site includes a
brief biography of Robert, together with his portfolio of photos,
broken down into these sections. These are the sections for
Robert's Edinburgh photos:
Edinburgh 1966-69: 112
This site includes news of
the Royal High School, Edinburgh, and its history. The site is
illustrated with a gallery of photographs.
This is a short film clip showing St Cuthbert's milk delivery horses
and carts in the streets of Edinburgh and at the stables in 1967.
This film clip comes
from the Scottish Film Archives collection held by the National
LIbrary of Scotland
This site has pictures of
cinemas throughout Scotland, including pages for
Edinburgh, Leith and
site may be slow to load, but it is worth the wait! It has links
to other sites with Scottish themes, particularly the strange and
includes many Edinburgh subjects - Scott Monument, St Bernard's Well,
Time Gun, Diorama, Edinburgh Exhibitions, Portobello, etc.
The Scran web site has been created to provide an educational
resource. It now (at 2011) has over
360,000 images including many of Edinburgh, from museums, galleries
All users can
search the site and access thumbnail images on the site.
Larger images are also available to those who have paid a subscription
to Scran or are exempt from subscriptions, e.g. teachers.
I have included some photos from Scran on the EdinPhoto web site
where I hae been able to obtain the authority from the copyright owner
to add them to the site. This has usually been Scotsman
Publications. Unfortunately, the
dates of some of the
Scotsman Publications photos on Scran do not appear to be correct.
Update - March 2012
Free Access to Scran web site
The Scran web site can now be accessed through the
City of Edinburgh
Libraries web site by anybody who is a member of the library.
can also be used by people to join the library. People joining the
library do not need to live in Edinburgh.
Here is a clip from a film now being displayed on one of the
National Library of Scotland's pages on YouTube. The film is
titled "The Singing Street: children playing in Edinburgh (1950s)"
clip lasts for only about 30 seconds, but I found it to be
is a fairly new site on Flickr, currently
(at April 1, 2012) displaying about
photos of Edinburgh in the 1960s, in monochrome by Jack Gillon.
These including many of scenes that have now vanished -
photos likely to bring back
Some include people and vehicles. Some look down on
buildings from above. A
few are of places not yet identified. I enjoyed looking at these
photos and recommend the site.
This page on the South
Edinburgh Community Network site includes an account of the old village
of Gilmerton, about 4 miles to the SE of the centre of Edinburgh,
together with an old photograph of Main Street,
Streets of Edinburgh web site has recent black and white
photographs of over 700 of Edinburgh's 5,000 streets. The photos,
taken by Jim Denniston, cover many districts of Edinburgh; not just the
tourist areas. Jim says:
"It is not my intention to pass
comment on the content of any of the pictures in these pages, regardless
of how beautiful or ugly they appear or how historically important or
unimportant they may be. They are just pictures of how the streets
appeared at the moment I turned up with my camera."
John Stewart, who runs the 'Old Leither' web site, tells me that Jim
Dennison will be closing down his 'Streets of Edinburgh' web site on December 18, 2010.
Peter Stubbs: December 11, 2010
Talk Porty web site includes a
forum on Portobello local history and also many postcards of Portobello,
most taken from the the collection of Margeorie Mekie, Portobello
About 300 prominent events in the history
of Edinburgh, from the arrival of the Romans in the 1st Century AD to
the opening of the Scottish Parliament in 2004, are listed.
Many of the events listed include links to related web pages.
This site includes a
brief history of Trinity School, and includes a couple of early
photographs from the school:
- pupils in 1900
- staff in 1904
This web site has been set up on behalf of Canongate Community Forum.
It gives details of their Save Our
Old Town campaign against the proposed Caltongate
developments for the
Waverley Valley. The valley lies between the Canongate (part
of Edinburgh's Royal Mile) and Calton Hill.
Digital Map Co
- aerial maps and posters of Edinburgh
The company has produced a book and posters of aerial
views of Edinburgh. These provide interesting comparisons to the
early maps of Edinburgh. The road lay-out of both the New Town and
Old Town of Edinburgh has hardly changed since the early days of