Drummond Place

Edinburgh New Town


Drummond Place  -  1956

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Photo from Edinburgh Street Lighting Collection SL/90/8.  Photo taken June 2, 1956


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      Drummond Place  -  1956


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This photo comes from the Edinburgh Street Lighting Collection held by Edinburgh City Archive. There is no photographer's name or other information on the photo, apart from the date:  June 2, 1956.

I assume that the photo was taken to show the newly installed lamp post in the middle of the photo, but it was the old tricycle with large wheels that I found to be more interesting.



Steven Oliver

Duns, Borders, Scotland

Thank you to Steven Oliver for confirming the date of this photo: 

Steven wrote:

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"The photos of Drummond Place and  Great King Street would both have been taken in 1956:

Drummond Place

     Drummond Place  -  1956

Great King Street

     Great King Street  -  possibly around the 1950s

Similar columns were erected nearby, at the same time, in:

-  London Street

-  Dublin Street.

These are early Concrete Utilities (CU) Highway X columns; these continued to be installed in Edinburgh until around:

1989 for complete installations

-  1995 as casual replacements.  The lanterns would have been tungsten ones originally.  These were replaced, around 1960, by sodium lanterns.

The columns in:

-  Great King Street

-  London Street

-  Drummond Place

were replaced  by modern 'designer' installations in the early-1990s, but some of the Dublin Street examples still remain as of early 2011.

Steven added:

"There is a way of dating these columns.  I have a feeling it may be too technical for the general readership, but I'll include it for reference:

Lamp Post Dates

Early Concrete Utility Highway X columns had a slim base compartment around where the service door is.  From the late-1960s onwards, the base compartment became larger.

From 1983 onwards, all new concrete columns featured a code below the service door.  e.g. D22F, where '22F' indicates 'Concrete Utility Highway X columns',  The first letter of this code gives the year:    D=1983, E=1984, etc. ... P=1995


Steven Oliver, Duns, Borders, Scotland:  January 27, 2011


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