Photo taken June 8, 2010
Tenements in Beaverbank Place
View from Logie Green Road
This view looks across
from Logie Green Road, over the land where Vogue Furniture
Warehouse once stood, towards the backs of the tenements at the
southern end of Beaverbank Place.
This land has now been cleared to make way for new retail and
The tenements in this photo are stone-fr9nted, like almost all
of Edinburgh's tenements that were built in the late C18 and early
C20, as can be seen in this view of them, taken from Broughton
However, the backs of the tenements are built from brick, as
can be seen in the photo at the top of this page. See
Another view from Logie Green Road
Here is another view from Logie Green Road, taken from the same
position as the photo at the top of this page, but looking a
little further left, towards Laing's Foundry in Beaverbank Place:
'The Ditch' or 'The Dump.
After seeing this photo at the top of this page,
Donnie Graham emailed me, telling me that the wasteland used
to be known as 'The Ditch' or 'The Dump.
More of Danny's comments can be found here:
Graham, Zwickau, Germany:
June 14, 2010
Stone and Brick Tenements
John Dickson of the Broughton History Society has asked:
1. Why was brick used for the back of
2. Are there any other examples of this
practice in Edinburgh?
John Dickson, Broughton, Edinburgh: June 15, 2010
John tells me that Alex Dow has commented
1. This was almost certainly due to cost. At
any time, to extract worthwhile stone, split/cut it to a regular shape,
finish it and transport it to the building site, has been an extremely
There are many sources of clay for brick
making. With the advent of the railways, coal became readily
available as well. So bricks were a relatively cheap commodity.
2. One other location of such mixed
construction that I am directly aware of, is at Hawthornvale, in Leith
Brick was generally used in the hidden areas
and the areas not seen by the public, so I would suggest that a reasonable
survey of tenements would reveal a much greater use of brick (and rubble)
than we are generally conscious of.
Alex Dow, Fife, Scotland. Message passed on by
John Dickie, June 15, 2010