No 24

Craighall Crescent

The Wood Family

The Wood Family Home

The Wood Family at their home, 24 Craighall Crescent, Newhaven

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to June Scott, Bonaly, Edinburgh

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   The Wood Family at their home, 24 Craighall Crescent, Newhaven


   The Wood Family at their home, 24 Craighall Crescent, Newhaven


No 24, Craighall Crescent

The Wood Family

Family Home

Craighall Crescent lies on the high ground above Newhaven.  It is on the west side of Craighall Road, almost opposite Trinity Academy.

This was the home of the Wood Family.  The people in this photo are believed to be:

1.  probably Grandparents - but who were they? * 
They also appear in the photographs below.

A portrait probably of William Wood, father of William Wood of Wood Brothers, Wholesale Fishmerchants, Newhaven  -  photographer not known    A portrait probably of the mather of William Wood of Wood Brothers, Wholesale Fishmerchants, Newhaven  -  photographer not known

2.  Parents:  William Burnup Leslie Wood 1874-1954
     and his wife, Elizabeth Kutchman Stewart Wood b1879

Cabinet Print by John McKean  -  Mrs Elizabeth Kuchnan Stewart

3.  Children:  James 1903-1991 and his younger brother Stewart.

Portrait of James and Stewart Wood  by Joyhn Campbell Harper

* The old couple on the photograph at the top of this page could not have been William Burnup Leslie Wood's parents, George (1842-1879) and Ann (1845-1916), because George died about 30 years before the photo was taken.

Fish Merchants

William Burnup Leslie Wood and his brother, James, operated a wholesale fish merchants' business, Wood Brothers.  They delivered fish from Newhaven Harbour to Edinburgh.  The business first used horse and cart, both kept across the road from No 24 Craighall Crescent.

Later, when the horse suffered an injury with a nail through its hoof, the Wood Brothers purchased this van.  The never returned to using horses.

Jeffrey Street  -  Wood Brothers' fish delivery van


James Wood, son of William Burnup Leslie Wood, became the owner of Wood's Garage in Craighall Road, opposite Trinity School.  He employed his brother, Stewart (full name William John Stewart Wood).

A postcard of a young William John Stewart Wood  -  From Paterson's 'Burgh Studios' 

James began by renting out space in Craighall Road for parking cars overnight.  (In the late 1920s, motorists were not permitted to leave their cars on the street overnight in Edinburgh.)

Later James set up his garage on the site - Wood's Garage.  It  was a wooden building with a corrugated iron roof, next to the scout hut.   It  opened in 1929 and remained in business until around 1964.  Here, James repaired cars, sold cars and later sold petrol and diesel fuel.

The garage has now been demolished and flats have been built on the site.


James Wood became one of the founding members of the Edinburgh Aero Club when it was established at Turnhouse Aerodrome in 1928.  The club purchased a surplus World War I plane as a kit for 5, then constructed it.

Edinburgh Aero Club   - founded 1928

James Wood's interests included fishing in the Tyne in the Lothians  near Edinburgh, and shooting.  He renting shoots at Pathhead and elsewhere around Edinburgh, and taught shooting to the Home Guard during World War II

Home Guard,  1940-44

Thank you to June Scott, Bonally, Edinburgh for providing the details above in October, 2006.  June Scott is daughter of James Wood.

The photograph at the top of this page is a half-plate photo, 6.5 x 4.25 ins. It is mounted on brown card measuring 10ins x 8 ins.  There is no photographer's name on the photo.


Wood's Garage

Iain Grant

   Leith Rovers, about to set off on a trip to Austria - 1950s

Speaking of his brother, Iain Grant, on the left in this photo, taken in Leith in the 1950s, Donald Grant wrote:

"Iain later worked for a number of years at Jimmy Wood's garage in Craighall Road.  That was a large old wooden structure on the opposite side of the road from the railway station and from memory specialised in Hillman cars.

They had the contract for repairs and service of the Sandemans Sherry lorry fleet."

Donald Grant, Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland:  November 10, 2009