St James Square

Near the East End of Princes Street, Edinburgh

Aerial Views

Photo 1 - 1958

Photo 2 - Recent

Photo 3 - 1958 + Key

Photo 4 - Recent + Key

Photo 1

1958 Aerial View

Looking SW over St James' Square towards the GPO

Aerial View of St James Square  -   looking to the SW  - 1958

 Scotsman Publications Ltd.   Click here for web site details.     Licensed by Scran,   
Photo 99990859  Scran 000-000-
051-707-R           Photo published: Aug 12, 1958

Photo 2

Recent Aerial View

Google Image  -  published 2012

Aerial View of St James Square  -   looking to the south  -  Google Image published 2012

   Google. This page has been taken from the Google Earth web site, with acknowledgement to Alan Mark, Warriston, Edinburgh

Photo 3

1958 Aerial View + Key

Looking SW over St James' Square towards the GPO

Aerial View of St James Square  -   looking to the SW  - 1958  -  with key

 Scotsman Publications Ltd.   Click here for web site details.     Licensed by Scran,   
Photo 99990859  Scran 000-000-
051-707-R     Key added by Peter Stubbs      Photo published: Aug 12, 1958

Photo 4

Recent Aerial View + Key

Google Image  -  published 2012

Aerial View of St James Square  -   looking to the south  -  Google Image published 2012  -  with key

   Google. This page has been taken from the Google Earth web site, with acknowledgement to Alan Mark, Warriston, Edinburgh

Key added by Peter Stubbs

 

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    Aerial View of St James Square  -   looking to the SW

 

Aerial Views of

Saint James' Square

Photos
1
and 3

Location

Photo 1 includes St James Square -  the open area near the NE boundary of the land enclosed by the yellow line that was developed to create the St James Centre shopping mall, government offices and King James Hotel.

At the bottom centre is St Mary's Roman Catholic Cathedral, and beside it stands the shell of the Theatre Royal, destroyed by fire in 1946.

This photo was published in the Edinburgh Evening News on August 12, 1958.

Photo 3 is the same as Photo 1, but with a key added.

Demolition and Redevelopment

Almost all of the buildings in the St James Square area were demolished around 1970, to allow the area to be redeveloped as the Saint James' Centre Government Offices, hotel and shopping complex.

Thank you to Alan Monk for emailing me to remind me that the buildings on the right hand side of Photos 1 and 3 above (those with the light upper floor, on the west side of the square) were not demolished around 1970, and are in fact still standing today.*

This prompted me to take some photos of the area as it is today.  I hope to add these to the web site soon.

* Acknowledgement:  Alan Monk, Warriston, Edinburgh:  June 13, 2012

Photos
2
and 4

Photo 2 above is the image now (at 2012) being shown on Google Earth for St James Centre and the surrounding area.  Thank you also to Alan Monk for contacting me again and sending a copy of this photo to me.**

The GPO in this photo appears to be covered in material and still being redeveloped as new offices.  This suggests to me that the photo would probably have been taken a few years before 2012.

Photo 4 is the same as Photo 2, but with a key added.

**  Acknowledgement:  Alan Monk:  June 25, 2012

 

Close up view of

Saint James' Square

1956

Please click on the thumbnail image below to see another view of St James Square.  This view is a close-up of the buildings on the west side of the square, with the clock tower of the North British Hotel in the background.

This photo was published in the Edinburgh Evening News on May 3, 1956:

Saint James Square

 

St James' Square

 Edinburgh

 

 

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