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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

 

1

Stone

2

Metal

3

Wood

4

Printing

5

Food

6

Drink

7

Transp.

8

Clocks

9

U'ground

10

Fire

11

Manuf.

12

Finance

13

Teaching

 

'Edinburgh at Work'

 

Background

-  1963:  Arrived in Edinburgh + joined EPS

-  1971:  Married, Family, Holiday photos

-  1990:  Projects - Shops, Workers, Stations, etc.

-  2001:  Web Site

 

Web Site

-   Edinburgh Photographic Society - history

-   Professional Photographers - dates and addresses

-  Old Engravings of Edinburgh

-   Recent Photos of Edinburgh

-   Postcards of Edinburgh

-   My Photos:  Shops, Workers, Stations, etc.

-   Recollections of Edinburgh

-   Transport

-   Maps

-   Questions and Answers

 

Today

-  'Edinburgh at Work'  -  Prints and slides

-  This project began in the 1990s

-  'Health & Safety'

-  Please ask questions or tell me  more at the end of the talk

-  Please have a look at my EdinPhoto web site and email me.

-  Today we'll look at some or all of these categories

1.  Stonemasons

2.  Metal Workers

3.  Carpenters

4.  Printing

5.  Food

6.  Drink

7.  Transport

8.  Clocks

9.  Underground

10.   Fire Brigade

11.   Manufacturing

12.   Finance

 

"Thank you."

Edinburgh at Work

This is a copy of the 3-page 'hand-out' that I wrote for my Lecture at Lauriston Castle on 26 September 2011

 

Page 1.

A Few of the Trades

1840 to 1940

The ‘Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories’, was published annually until 1973  They include a wealth of detail about Edinburgh in earlier times.  These directories can be consulted in the Edinburgh Room at Central Library.

They show the wide range of businesses that once existed in Edinburgh, many of them small family-run businesses.  The tables below show the number of companies that were listed in the directories for a few of these businesses.

1.  The number of businesses in some trades gradually declined and vanished over the century

 

1840

1850

1860

1870

1880

1890

1900

1910

1920

1930

1940

Candlemakers

15

10

7

5

5

6

6

5

2

1

0

Miniature Painters

12

9

8

3

4

2

4

6

4

1

1

Straw & Leghorn Hat Makers

30

25

19

19

14

10

9

8

4

0

0

2.  Some trades changed, reflecting the changes in modes of transport

 

1840

1850

1860

1870

1880

1890

1900

1910

1920

1930

1940

Horse Dealers

9

3

7

12

19

19

14

18

11

3

0

Saddlers & Harness Makers

20

18

19

29

32

34

31

31

24

14

10

Van & Lorry Builders

0

0

0

0

0

26

19

16

10

6

4

3.  Some trades grew then declined over the century (and have declined further since 1940).

 

1840

1850

1860

1870

1880

1890

1900

1910

1920

1930

1940

Artists

12

8

33

44

78

131

128

139

100

81

38

Boot & Shoe Makers

178

158

167

278

310

314

268

218

148

115

72

Clock and Watch Makers

33

40

44

80

111

136

132

131

81

49

31

Engravers & Lithographic Printers

49

70

74

83

113

119

116

103

69

36

25

Golf Club & Ball Manufacturers

1

0

0

3

4

4

21

30

29

15

7

Photographers

0

2

27

41

43

52

57

63

56

27

22

 

 

Page 2.

Mills on the Water of Leith

1961

Around 1961, The Geographical Association published ‘An Atlas of Edinburgh’.  It has maps showing the locations of some of the major businesses in Edinburgh.  It shows:

-  a fairly extensive railway network, including freight  lines to Granton Harbour, Leith Docks, Canonmills, Warriston, Gilmerton and passenger lines to Balerno, and South Suburban stations.

-  Edinburgh still had 2 flour mills, 9 biscuit works 3 bakeries and 8 breweries, 28 printing works and 10 binderies, each employing over 12 people, several of them employing over 100.

-  There were still 20 mills and works in business along the course of the Water of Leith between Balerno and Leith Docks with brief descriptions of each.  They are:

Balerno Bank

Balerno

Paper mill, using esparto grass from North Africa.

Kinauld

Currie

Tan Works, using pigskins from Scotland and Japan.

Kinleith

Currie

Paper mill, established at least 150 years ago.

Woodhall Paper Co.

Juniper Green

There has probably been a mill here since 1618.

Woodhall Grain Mills

Juniper Green

Animal feedingstuffs

Mossy Mill

Colinton

Paper mill, formerly a flax mill

West Mills

Colinton

Oatmeal mills for Porage Oats and infant feeds 

Redhall Mill

Colinton

Producing wood flour.

Saughton Leather Works

Saughton

Established mid-C18, tans sheepskins.

Coltbridge Mills

Roseburn

Formerly flour mills, now paper processing works.

Bell’s Mills

Dean

Milling has been continuous here since C12.  Still powered by water wheels (now + electricity).

Skinners & Wool

Dean

Formerly flour mills, are now used as a wool store.

Canonmills Cooperage

Canonmills

Corn mills were here in C12

Beaverbank Skin Works

Powderhall

Tannery, using sheepskins, goatskins and calfskins from Scotland and Indonesia.

Chancelot Flour Mills

Bonnington

Over 100 years old, and using flour from Canada, Australia, Russia and home-grown.

Skinners, Tanners, Wool

Bonnington

Established 200 years ago.

Bonnington Mills

Bonnington

Producing animal feedingstuffs.

Bonnington Bridge

Bonnington

Paper Mills.

Junction Mills

Leith

Preparing oat meal and pot barley cake mixes

Quayside Mills

Leith

Produces animal feedingstuffs, 

 

 

Page 3.

Businesses Photographed

1990s

Around 1960s, most of Scotland was given Development Status, but not Edinburgh.  This gave an incentive to industries to set up outside Edinburgh, and many did.

Edinburgh retained a few large industries until late in the 20th century, but most of these have now closed, including  Monktonhall colliery, North British Rubber Works, Portobello potteries, Caledonian Distillery and McEwan’s and Roseburn breweries.  Now, it’s finance and tourism that are providing more employment in Edinburgh.

In 1990, I started to photograph ‘Edinburgh at Work’.  So far, I’ve visited over 200 companies.  Today, I'll be showing about 300 photos from 41 of these companies. (See table below.)

Yellow shading indicates that the company is no longer in Edinburgh. The column on the right shows the number of photos that I have included in the talk for each of the companies.

Work

Company

Industry

Photos

STONE

Clark

Stonemasons

15 photos

David Lindsay

Stonemasons

7 photos

METAL

Lonsdale & Dutch

Lantern Makers

15 photos

Stevenson & Cheyne

Engineers

23 photos

United Wire Works

Wire Works

14 photos

WOOD

Whytock & Reid

Furniture Makers

17 photos

PRINTING

Speedspools

Hot Metal Monotype Printers

5 photos

Baker & Claremont

Hot Metal Linotype Printers

1 photo

FOOD

Rank Hovis

Caledonia Mill: Flour Mill

3 photos

Chancelot Mill

Flour Mill

2 photos

Burton’s Biscuits

Biscuits

6 photos

Croan’s

Kippers

4 photos

Newhaven Fishmarket

Fishmarket

6 photos

DRINK

Scottish & Newcastle

Brewery

6 photos

Caledonian

Brewery

6 photos

Crabbie’s

Green Ginger Wine

3 photos

North British Distillery

Distillery + Cooperage

6 photos

Anderson’s

Cooperage

4 photos

Drysdale

Tea + Coffee

5 photos

Brodie Hamilton Melrose

Tea + Coffee

3 photos

Brodies

Tea + Coffee

4 photos

TRANSPORT

Bruce Lindsay Waldie

Coal deliveries

3 photos

Forth Bridges

Railway + Road

17 photos

Leith Docks

Shipping

13 photos

Lothian Region Transport

Buses

4 photos

Scotmid

Milk–horse deliveries

5 photos

Scotmid

Coachworks

10 photos

CLOCKS

James Ritchie

Clocks & Watches

4 photos

James Ritchie

Clock winding

22 photos

UNDERGROUND

Lothian Region

Drainage Dept

2 photos

Monktonhall

Colliery

4 photos

FIRE

Lothian & Borders Fire Brigade

Fire Brigade

24 photos

Central Demolition

Demolition

1 photos

MANUFACTURING

Carberry Candles

Candles

4 photos

Chapham Inveresk

Envelopes

7 photos

SAI

Fertiliser

3 photos

Craig & Rose

Paint manufacturers

3 photos

J Hewitt & Sons

Tannery

7 photos

FINANCE

Standard Life

Life Assurance & Investment

9 photos

Bank of Scotland

Banking

2 photos

Royal Bank of Scotland

Banking

7 photos

Peter Stubbs

September 21, 2011

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1

Stone

2

Metal

3

Wood

4

Printing

5

Food

6

Drink

7

Transp.

8

Clocks

9

U'ground

10

Fire

11

Manuf.

12

Finance

13

Teaching

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Links to Other Pages

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