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Hugh Leckie & Sons

A runaway coal lorry in Holyrood Park, at the foot of

Arthur Street

and other Arthur Street accidents

 

Coal Lorry accident at the foot of Arthur Street

© Reproduced with acknowledgement to Ron Leckie, California, USA

 

 Enlarge this Photo

    Coal Lorry accident at the foot of Arthur Street ©

 

Coal Lorry - Accident

It was good to see this photo of the Hugh Leckie & Sons coal lorry (with its advert 'Grate Expectations'  on the doors) stranded in Holyrood Park at the foot of Arthur Street.

Thank you to Ron Leckie for sending me the photo of the lorry at rest in the park, after having come down the steep Arthur Street with no driver on board.

Ron explains:

The Photo

"I grew up in Edinburgh – part of the Leckie coal family at St. Leonards.  I have lived in California since 1976

On your site, you have recollections of Leckie’s lorry careening down Arthur St. in the Dumbiedykes.  So I submit to you the photo of the resulting crash into the park – with kids hovering to pick up the coal without the policeman seeing them.  :-)

Some of the coal seemed to disappear that day and many of the local kids had dirty hands.

I was not the original photographer.  I was given the photo via a friend from a relative of the man who originally took it."

The Accident

"I remember the day well, when my Dad came home very stressed-out with that story.  He was just so relieved that nobody got hurt.  Apparently, the brakes were set and wheels turned into the curb – but the vehicle just slid on the wet cobblestones without its driver, the angle of that steep street overcoming the friction between the rubber and the cobblestones.

 Well, that was the story I heard."

Coal Deliveries

"As a youth, I remember my weekend and school holiday job of carrying and delivering coal up tenement stairs.  I was very fit physically then, but it mentally made me resolve to pursue my career in electronics – something I’ve never regretted.   :-)"

Ron Leckie, California, USA:  July 11, 2007

Here is a another picture sent to me by Ron Leckie.  It's a photo of the family's coal yard at St Leonard's, taken on a cold winter's day, around 1965.

Leckie's Coal Yard, St Loenard's, Edinburgh ©

Question

Arthur Street Coal Lorry - Accident

Do you recognise anybody in the picture?

Several contributors including Jean Rae (Edinburgh) and Eric Gold (known to many as Eric McKenzie) (East London) and John Ballantyne (Edinburgh) have mentioned this accident in their recollections of Dumbiedykes and elsewhere on the EdinPhoto web site.

Coal Lorry accident at the foot of Arthur Street ©

If you recognise any of the children in this photo, please e-mail me.

Thank you.    Peter Stubbs:  July 15, 2007

Recollections  -  Edinburgh Old Town

Dumbiedykes

People and Play

   Dumbiedykes Survey Photograph - 1959  -  Between Mid and West Arthur Place ©

1.

Eric Gold
East London, England

Memories

'Bairns and Polis'

2.

Jim di Mambro
South Africa

Two Kids

Shops

Shovelling Coal

3.

Jim di Mambro
South Africa

'Ginger

4.

Bryan Gourlay
Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Coal Deliveries to Arthur Street

5.

John Ballantyne
Boswall, Edinburgh

Accidents

6.

Joe Coyle
The Inch, Edinburgh

My Sister

Date of the Accident

7.

Ron Leckie
California, USA

Accident - Around 1959?

8.

Richard Martin
Borders, Scotland

Coal Lorry

Horse and Cart

9.

Susan Keaney
Co. Sligo, Ireland

'Big Ginger'

10.

Theresa Carthy
(
née Lapping)

East London, England

Slum Housing

11.

Ray Murray
Waltham Abbey, Essex, England

Arthur Street

Policeman

12.

Steven Oliver
Duns, Borders, Scotland

Another Photo
-  Accident was 1958

13.

James Morton-Robertson
Sevenoaks, Kent, England

Hugh Leckie's Coal Deliveries

14.

Ken Matthews
Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland

Dumbiedykes Road

15.

Margaret Archibald or Shiels
Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland

Dumbiedykes Road

16.

Brian Phillips
Edinburgh

The Driver

 

  Recollections

 1.

Eric Gold

East End, London, England

Thank you to Eric Gold (Eric McKenzie) who replied:

Memories

"That's a great photo. I'm thrilled with it.  Leckie's company took me back.  Every time I look at the photo, I see something different that jogs my memory, especially the gas lamps running up the brae, and I can still remember the gas man lighting them up at night.

The photo was in my era, as Dod Dickson's car is in shot.  We lived opposite Dod's in East Arthur Place.  I can see my ma's hoose from that angle, Dod's grocers shop, also Spier's the newsagents and the end of Prospect Street too."

'Bairns and Polis'

"I don't recognise the bairns or the policeman.  It wasn't 'Big Ginger, the Polis' (ha ha ha).  He would just let us help ourselves."

Eric Gold, East End, London, England:  July 16+17+18, 2007

 

  Recollections

2.

Jim di Mambro

South Africa

Thank you to Jim Di Mambro who replied:

'Two Kids'

"I remember the accident well.  My brother and I, Jim & Frank Di Mambro, could be the two kids at the back corner of the lorry.  We lived in 82 Dumbiedykes Road.  That was the stair next to The Bowlers Rest pub."

Shops

"The chippy near the bottom of Arthur St was owned by my Aunties, Rena & Vera Canale.

The first shop turning left into Dumbiedykes was owned by Mrs Pentland (the Penny Vantis).

Then, there was Park Café (the ice cream shop) owned by the Copola family  -  two sons, Freddie & Victor."

Shovelling Coal

"My fondest memory of the free coal was of a local character, Mrs. Wynn, shovelling it into her message bag."

Jim Di Mambro,  July 19, 2007
Jim has lived in South Africa since 1973.

 

  Recollections

3.

Jim di Mambro

South Africa

Thank you to Jim Di Mambro who added

'Ginger'

"Eric Gold's mention aboot Ginger (the polis) brought back memories.  We used to play fitba ('3 an yer in'). 

The goals were Cowan's big door, and Ginger often used to have a wee go before retiring intae his box (by the park gate) for his tea."

Jim Di Mambro, South Africa:  July 20, 2007

 

  Recollections

4.

Bryan Gourlay

Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Thank you to Brian Gourlay who wrote:

Coal Deliveries to Arthur Street

"My dad used to deliver coal to Arthur Street in the 1930s – firstly by horse and cart and latterly by lorry.

He talked about getting stuck once with the loaded lorry about half way down the hill.  For some reason, he didn’t think it was safe to go further down the steep gradient, but couldn’t get back up again until they had taken some of the load off.

Needless to say, he was not short of locals to help him off load the bags of coal. However, there were lots of folks with black hands that day - and fewer bags got back to the top of the hill than they took of the lorry.

He often said that delivering coal to Arthur Street, and others in the area, wasn’t so much a problem, but getting the money was often another story.

The mind boggles as to how you delivered coal to Arthur Street with a horse and cart."

Brian Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland,  August 1, 2007

 

  Recollections

5.

John Ballantyne

Boswall, Edinburgh

Thank you to John Ballantyne who remembers:

Accidents

"Arthur Street was very steep.  There were many accidents there.  A coal lorry and a sweet lorry both 'ran away' out of control down Arthur Street.

Children

The best laugh was watching the men with their fruit-barrows.  There were several of these being pushed around the streets, but when they came to the hill down Arthur Street, the owners had to hold on tight to the barrow handles to prevent the barrow from running away down the street.

The local children knew this, so they used to run down the street beside the barrows, pinching the fruit, and there was nothing that the owner could do about it!"

John Ballantyne, Boswall, Edinburgh,  August 31, 2007

  Recollections

6.

Joe Coyle

The Inch, Edinburgh

Thank you to Joe Coyle who wrote:

My Sister

"My sister is the little girl on the left in this photo."

Date of the Accident

"Does anyone know the date that the coal lorry crashed down the hill in Arthur Street?"

Joe Coyle, The Inch, Edinburgh,  October 22, 2007

I don't know the date of this accident, but I've e-mailed Ron Leckie to see if he knows.  It was Ron who sent me the original photograph and his family that owned the coal lorry.

-  Peter Stubbs:  October 22, 2007

  Recollections

7.

Ron Leckie

California, USA

Thank you to Ron Leckie who replied:

Accident  -  Around 1959?

"My mother died in early 1960, and I remember she was still with us at the time of the accident.  As I remember it, I can’t have been too young - maybe around 10 years old.  That would put it around 1959.

I’ll ask my cousins and see if we can collectively narrow down the date of the incident.  I'll get back to you if we can narrow it further."

Ron Leckie, California, USA:  November 2, 2007

 

  Recollections

8.

Richard Martin

Borders, Scotland

Thank you to Richard Martin, Borders, Scotland, who wrote:

Coal Lorry

"That incident with Leckie’s coal lorry was not the first mishap to happen to them in the Dummie as we called it then.

Horse and Cart

"One winter in the early 40s, half way down the hill at the steps leading up to Salisbury  Street, after a snow storm, Leckie's were delivering coal by horse and cart and unfortunately the horse slipped on the snow/ice and fell to the ground.

After securing the load and uncoupling the horse from the shafts a number of men, using ropes and empty coal bags wrapped round the horse’s hooves, in an attempt to prevent further slipping, tried repeatedly to raise the animal. The more they tried the more fatigued the horse became.

Eventually, after giving the horse food and water and allowing it to recover somewhat they managed to get it to its feet. I don’t think the horse suffered any damage as it managed to walk away (without the coal wagon).

The whole exercise must have taken well over an hour to complete. As kids a number of us watched from the high wall at the foot of  'Soly'.

Richard Martin, Borders, Scotland:  August 5, 2008

 

  Recollections

9.

Susan Keaney

County Sligo, Ireland

Susan Keaney wrote:

'Big Ginger'

"I lived at 107 Dumbiedykes Road, and when I was only four years old, I  ran away from home with my favourite blanket in my mum's washing-up bowl.

'Big Ginger', the policeman, found me up at the top of Dumbiedykes Road and took me back home.  I remember him being very tall, with red hair, a short beard and a moustache.

 Do you have any information or pics of 'Big Ginger' please? **

I don't know why the memories of that place and time have stayed with so many.  You only have to look at all the stories.  It must have been a very special place.

Susan Keaney, County Sligo, Ireland:  October 8, 2008

'Big Ginger'

** I don't have any pictures of 'Big Ginger', myself, but he is remembered in Reply 1 and Reply 3 above.

- Peter Stubbs:  October 9, 2008

 

Recollections

10.

Theresa Carthy (née Lapping)

Cork, Ireland

Thank you to Theresa Carthy, née Lapping, who wrote:

Picking up Coal

"My Mum remembered the coal lorry that crashed at the bottom of Arthur Street.

Coal Lorry accident at the foot of Arthur Street ©

Before she even saw this photo, she was able to tell me the name of the lorry, and  that every kid in the place was sent out by their mother to pick up the coal on the road!"

Theresa Carthy (née Lapping), Cork, Ireland:  March 24, 2009

 

Recollections

11.

Ray Murray

Waltham Abbey, Essex, England

Thank you to Ray Murray who wrote:

Arthur Street

"News of the policeman in the photo. When I married in 1990, my wife, Marion, and I spent our honeymoon touring the Highlands.

On the way through Edinburgh, I took Marion to the site where Arthur Street once stood, recounting my childhood, the first 4 years of which was spent living on Arthur Street, about two thirds of the way up on the left hand side in the photograph.

Coal Lorry accident at the foot of Arthur Street ©

I remember the coal lorry accident well, though I can’t recognise myself in the photograph.  I would have been around 3 years old."

Policeman

"On the 2nd week of our Honeymoon, on arrival at the 2nd cottage, somewhere near Perth, I went to the adjoining cottage to collect the keys. The gentleman who answered the door got talking to me, asking me where I was from etc.

On divulging that I once lived on Arthur Street, he became very animated, explaining that the thing he remembered most, was the coal lorry accident, because he had been the policeman who attended. He is undoubtedly the policeman in the photograph.

At this time I can’t tell you where where the cottage was, but I am going to do what I can to find out.  Unless the policeman is on the internet he may be totally unaware of the interest in him. 

Sorry I can’t be of more help at the moment but if I find out anything further, especially where that cottage is I’ll be in touch."

Ray Murray, Waltham Abbey, Essex, England: July 27, 2009

(Son of George and Charlotte Murray – Grandson of Alexander Murray)

 

Recollections

12.

Steven Oliver

Duns, Borders, Scotland

Another Photo

Thank you to Steven Oliver, Duns, Borders, Scotland, for finding another photograph of this accident.  Please click on the thumbnail image below to enlarge it, and to read an article about the accident published in the Edinburgh Evening Dispatch on the day of the accident, November 15, 1958.

Coal Lorry accident at the foot of Arthur Street ©

Acknowledgement:  Steven Oliver, Duns, Borders, Scotland:  September 21, 2009

 

Recollections

13.

James Morton-Robertson

Sevenoaks, Kent, England

Thank you to James Morton-Robertson who wrote:

Hugh Leckie's Coal Deliveries

"When I lived in Heriot Mount, coal was delivered by Hugh Leckie & Sons.  The delivery man was only about 5ft 2ins and he had to carry a 1 cwt sack of household coal up 5 flights to our flat.  We kept the coal in a bunker under the working surface top next to the sink.

In the 1940s, our coal was delivered by horse and cart.  I think  I had left Edinburgh before he upgraded to a lorry."

James Morton-Robertson, Sevenoaks, Kent, England:  October 4, 2009'

 

Recollections

14.

Ken Matthews
formerly

Ken Egerton

Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland

Thank you to Ken Matthews who wrote:

Dumbiedykes Road

"I was reading Jim Di Mambro’s recollections of Leckie’s coal lorry crashing at the foot of Arthur Street (2 above).

I too lived at 82 Dumbiedykes Road, with my granny, Gertrude Lawrie, and knew Jim."

Ken Matthews, Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland  February 12, 2010

It was Ken Matthews, then Ken Egerton, who formed 'Johnny and the Falcons' rock-n roll group in 1958.

 

Recollections

15.

Margaret Archibald or Shiels

Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to Margaret who wrote:

Accident

"I am enjoying reminiscing and particularly remember when Leckie's coal lorry went through the wall and gates at the foot of Arthur Street."

Bags, Basins and Buckets

"People came from everywhere with bags, basins, buckets or anything else they could get hold of to collect the spillage."

Swing Park

"Immediately to the left of the picture was a children's swing park.  There could easily have been a tragedy that day."

Margaret Archibald or Shiels, Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland:
 Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook:  April 21, 2010

 

Recollections

16.

Brian Phillips

Edinburgh

Thank you to Brian who wrote:

The Driver

"I've just come across the photo of the lorry in Arthur Street.  I think  that my late father, Andrew, may have been the driver in charge of the lorry.  He stayed in Arthur Street and worked for Hugh Leckie before getting a job with Bruce Lindsay Waldie.

I can  remember him telling me about a problem he had in Arthur Street with a coal lorry"

Brian Phillips, Edinburgh:  August 2, 2010

 

Recollections

17.

Michael Fernon

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Thank you to Michael Fernon who wrote:

The Girl

"The young girl at the front of this photo is my Aunt Amy. 

    Coal Lorry accident at the foot of Arthur Street ©

She lived in Arthur Street along with:

 my mother, Catherine

-   my grandmother, Emily

-  my Aunts, Margaret and Ina."

Amy subsequently married Joe Wilson, a local joiner.  They also lived in Arthur Street."

Michael Fernon, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia:  April 7, 2012

Michael Fernon wrote again, adding:

Still living in Edinburgh

"My Aunt Amy is to still living in Edinburgh.

Upon visiting my parents home in Rosyth, four years ago, this photograph was hanging in their lounge room.

    Coal Lorry accident at the foot of Arthur Street ©

My father and aunt reiterated the accident.

Michael Fernon, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia:  April 12, 2012

 

Today

Please click on the thumbnail image below to see how the area has changed over the past fifty years.   This photo was taken in 2008.

The Entrance to Holyrood Park from Dumbiedykes Road ©

 

 

Hugh Leckie & Sons  -  Coal Merchants

School Photograph 1895

Hugh Leckie

Leckie Direct Marketing

Arthur Street Coal Lorry

Coal Yard

Coronation Coal Lorry

 

 

 

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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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