Valentine's Post Card
Copyright: For permission to
reproduce, please contact
Copyright: For permission to
reproduce, please contact
towards Edinburgh Castle
The Pond in Inverleith Park, about a mile north-west of the
centre of Edinburgh has long been a popular place for sailing
model yachts and, more recently, small radio-controlled boats.
The silhouette of Edinburgh Castle can be seen on the
skyline on the right of the picture. Inverleith Park has
become a popular venue for watching the Edinburgh
fireworks display from Edinburgh Castle at the end of the Edinburgh Festival each
year, and at New Year.
The two postcards above have both been
numbered B4920 by Valentine. This indicates that
the photograph was taken in 1951.
- Postcard 1,
the sepia card was sent through the post from Edinburgh on
July 14, 1955.
- Postcard 2,
the black and white postcard with the serrated edge has not
been sent through the post.
Hamilton Square, New Jersey,
to Lilian Young who wrote:
"When I saw the photos
of Inverleith Pond, they brought back happy
memories for me.
My Mother took my brother
and me to the pond so
that he could sail his yacht and we spent many hours there."
"At the time there were swans in the pond.
As I was fascinated by these beautiful
birds, I wanted to get up close when we
fed them. However,
my Mom always cautioned me that they could be fierce and could chase you
if you got too near their nests.
The first time I saw the swans chasing a
kid I was amazed at the size of the wings and decided Mom really did know
best, so I kept my distance.
On a trip home to Scotland in 2006 my cousin
and went to the pond to check it out but unfortunately it had been emptied
for repairs. Thanks to the person who sent the photos to you."
Lilian Young, Hamilton Square, New
Jersey: February 13, 2013
you might be interested to hear about the progress with the pond since
your visit to Edinburgh in 2006.
In fact, the work on reconstructing the pond
continued during 2006 and the result was quite a transformation. I
took some photos of the pond in late-2006 and early 2007, showing the
ponds again filled with water, wooden walkways constructed across the
smaller of the two ponds, and reeds planted throughout this pond.
The result looked good.
I'll add some of the photos to the EdinPhoto web
site when I can find the time to do that."
Peter Stubbs: February 14, 2013
Thank you to Allan Dodds who
"The pictures of Inverleith
Pond look just as I remember it.
Sailing Model Yachts
Model yacht sailing was a serious pastime for
adults and most evenings in the good weather saw dozens of craft with a
vane aft controlling the rudder, sailing
silently. Those yachts weren't radio
controlled so they had to be trimmed just right to bring them back to the
Radio-controlled motorised craft were also
to be seen on the pond, but the purists
despised them. The boathouse that was used by the yachtsmen was demolished
many years ago."
The Pond in Winter
"I remember that in
the winter the pond would be drained by about a foot to help it to freeze
over and make skating relatively safe
Ice hockey matches took place when freezing
cold weather prevailed for a week or so. In
the winter of 1962-63,
I remember driving my 1933 Austin Seven onto the ice and having great fun
skidding around at midnight!
Such delinquency would not be tolerated by the
authorities of today and possibly wasn't then either, but we got away with
it and that's the main thing!"
Allan Dodds, Nottingham,
Nottinghamshire, England: February 14, 2013
Clashmore, Sutherland. Scotland;
formerly Stockbridge, Edinburgh
Thank you to
Joan Beattie (Friends of Inverleith Park),
Stockbridge, Edinburgh, for allowing me to reproduce the brief
article below taken from the Spring 2014 edition of their newsletter.
Thank you, also, to Arthur Dutch for writing the
memories are being allocated an allotment where the large miniature golf
course is now (even the golf course now no longer exists) and
helping my father to lift the turf and start
turning the soil."
Hill by the Pond
"At that time there
was a large circular area on the hill at the
north side of the pond enclosed by railings and planted with shrubs and
bushes. Entry to this area was by a tunnel
from the pond, giving the water fowl a safe nesting
area. I always thought it was a great mistake that this was
"I can also remember
when you came down Portgower Place and turned left to go to the
pond, there was a little cottage which the yacht
cottage, there was a triangle of enclosed
ground where the swans and Canadian Geese
were locked up at dusk."
"I also remember,
one winter, rolling a huge snowball down
the hill on to the frozen pond, much to the great
annoyance of the skaters. They did
not enjoy my sense of fun."
"During the war
there was entertainment at the bandstand which was located
by going through the Rose Garden, then
turning to the left."
There were two
building for changing rooms, and in the
centre was a beautiful building with band area and public toilets
at the back. This building should never have
been demolished, the woodwork was of real quality."
"I have given
to the Friends, the
iron cup that belonged to the pink granite fountain and which the workman
gave to me so many years ago."
that the correct home for it is with the Friends."
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Joan
Beattie (Friends of Inverleith Park), Stockbridge, Edinburgh
Dutch, Clashmore, Sutherland. Scotland; formerly Stockbridge, Edinburgh