Annfield

Newhaven

An electric tram on the promenade at Annfield  -  1907

Postcard by Naylor  -  Annfield, Newhaven, beside the Firth of Forth

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Annfield

This postcard was posted in 1907.  It looks SE towards the houses in Annfield,  beside the Firth of Forth.  A Leith electric tram is passing along the promenade.

The houses look very similar today, but the shore has gone.  It was reclaimed to enable Leith's Eastern Harbour to be built in the mid 20th century.

Here, the steps lead down from Annfield  to the shore. 

Are these the steps near Hawthornvale, where, at the foot of the steps,  T L Devlin, Newhaven trawler owner, bequeathed a drinking fountain to the people of Leith in 1910?

 

Question

Are these the steps near Hawthornvale that led down to a drinking fountain  bequeathed to the people of Leith in 1910 by Newhaven trawler owner, T L Devlin?

Answer

Thank you to Walter Lyle Hume who answered this question almost immediately.

Walter wrote:

Fountain

"The steps shown in photograph above did not lead to the drinking fountain  at  Anchorfield.

The drinking fountain was a small area, surrounded with an arrangement of cast iron railings, as along the front at Annfield, opposite the tenement with bench seats.

The fountain was complete with iron cup on a chain.  Press the button and water came forth from a lion's head.

Steps

The stone faced banking on the picture above was known locally as the Bulwarks.  The water came more than half way up the steps at high water.  On stormy days, a northerly wind combined with high tide, created a somewhat wet foreshore. 

Pathway

There used to be a pathway that ran from the north side of Lindsay Road railway bridge, just on the bend, to the shipyards, which was used by many of the yard workers, this will have been absorbed into the general reclamation of that area.

Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England:  January 4, 2006

 

 

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