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Inverleith Park

 

Valentine's Post Card of

Inverleith Pond

Postcard

1.

Valentine Postcard  -  Sailing model yachts on Inverleith Pond in Inverleith Park.

  Copyright: For permission to reproduce, please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

Postcard

2.

Valentine Postcard  -  Sailing model yachts on Inverleith Pond in Inverleith Park.

  Copyright: For permission to reproduce, please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk

 

Inverleith Pond

Looking towards Edinburgh Castle

The View

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.

Two Postcards

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.

Recollections

1.

Lilian Young

Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA

Thank you to Lilian Young who wrote:

Inverleith Pond

Model Yachts

"When I saw the photos of Inverleith Pond, they brought back happy memories for me.

Valentine Postcard  -  Sailing model yachts on Inverleith Pond in Inverleith Park.

My Mother took my brother and me to the pond so that he could sail his yacht and we spent many hours there."

Swans

"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

Recollections

2.

Peter Stubbs

Edinburgh

Inverleith Pond

Reply

"Hi Lilian:

I thought 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

Recollections

3.

Allan Dodds

Edinburgh

Thank you to Allan Dodds who replied:

Inverleith Pond

Valentine Postcard  -  Sailing model yachts on Inverleith Pond in Inverleith Park.        Valentine Postcard  -  Sailing model yachts on Inverleith Pond in Inverleith Park.

"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 shore.

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

Recollections

4.

Arthur Dutch

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 article.

Arthur's Memories

Inverleith Park

Allotments

"My earliest 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 removed."

Yacht Club

"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 club used."

Swans and Geese

"Behind the cottage, there was a triangle of enclosed ground where the swans and Canadian Geese were locked up at dusk."

Snowball

"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."

Bandstand

"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."

Fountain

"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."

I decided that the correct home for it is with the Friends."

Aye,  Arthur Dutch.

Reproduced with acknowledgement to Joan Beattie (Friends of Inverleith Park), Stockbridge, Edinburgh AND Arthur Dutch, Clashmore, Sutherland. Scotland; formerly Stockbridge, Edinburgh

 

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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

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