View from Salisbury Crags


View from Salisbury Crags  -  around 1960

Dumbiedykes Survey Photograph - 1959  - Mid and East Arthur Place Tenement Ends

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around 1960

   Dumbiedykes Survey Photograph - 1959  - Mid and East Arthur Place Tenement Ends


to a 1950s photo

Looking down on Dumbiedykes and out towards Edinburgh Castle from Salisbury Crags  -  probably around the 1950s.



This view looks down from Salisbury Crags.  Dumbiedykes housing, demolished in the early 1960s, is in the foreground.

The dome of Edinburgh University is in the centre of the picture.  Behind the dome are Edinburgh Castle and Tolbooth St John's Church (now, The Hub) with its tall steeple.

In the background are St Mary's Cathedral (left of castle) and St George's Church in Charlotte Square (right of castle).



Please e-mail me if you can name the Dumbiedykes streets in this picture.  I believe that the area includes The Pleasance and Arthur Street.  There

There are two cars parked beside shops (lower centre).  Which street are they in?

Peter Stubbs:  June 7, 2006


Answer 1

Thank you to John Hadden, Edinburgh, who replied:

"I was already trying to work out the streets before I saw your question.

That block where the two cars is parked must be the Pleasance, exactly as it is now, down to the shop windows.

The next street back is Richmond Place and just behind that is Hill Square, with a church in its right  front corner, which I believe is now part of the College of Surgeons.

In fact you can just see the roof of that in the background, beyond Hill Square."

John Hadden:  Edinburgh, June 8, 2006


Answer 2

Thank you to Eric Gold, who replied:

"Many thanks for the beautiful photo taking from the crags.  It is a masterpiece. It takes me back to my childhood.    I will tell you any street in the photo.

The Pleasance

The Pleasance is where the two cars are parked.
You may need to enlarge this photo to see the two cars.  -  Peter Stubbs

Thomsons Wine and Liquor Store is one of two shops in The Pleasance. It is in the shot. It was called  and owned by Mr Thomson.

Richmond's the Chemist was the other shop in the Pleasance, far right.  It was owned by Mr Richmond, but was nicknamed Franks the Chemist.

Salisbury Street and Arthur Street

Salisbury Street can also be seen and the top of the brae in Arthur Street and the waste ground were we used to play.   If the photo was a bigger frame you would see the bottom of the brae in Arthur Street.

Salisbury Street is the street in the extreme lower-left corner, and Arthur Street is the street running diagonally up, out of the lower right corner.

Young Brothers Bakers

In the shot there are also two vans at the top of the brae. They were bakers vans.

Young Brothers Bakers vans are parked in West Arthur Place, towards the bottom right of the picture.  There was an iron foundry there in 1850.
You may need to enlarge the photo to see these two vans. -  Peter Stubbs

Young Brothers Bakers had a shop in the Pleasance and the small close was called Oakfield close.   It led you in from the Pleasance to West Arthur Place.  I used to play in the West Arthur Place waste ground also the Park and the Scotchie as we all did.

Cunningham's the butchers and The Store (St Cuthbert's) were in Adam Street, on the far right of the picture."

Eric Gold, East End, London, June 9+10, 2006

Eric Gold added, three weeks later:

Empire Theatre

"I have been having another look at the photo.  You can see the old Empire Theatre opposite surgeons hall, and also a church in Nicolson Square.  I don't know the name of it."

Eric Gold, East End, London, June 9+10, 2006


Answer 3

Thanks to Margaret Gray, Australia who wrote:

"Thank you for a walk down memory lane.

The Pleasance Trust

I believe that lower right side low building could be The Pleasance Trust.  My Father & Mother were caretakers there in the late 1940's. Our front door was opposite Adam Street.  The entrance to the Trust was a large arched gateway.

Inside were:

 men's, boy's, women's and girls' clubs.


-   Little Theatre

-   nursery

-   orthopaedic clinic.

There was also a Quaker burial ground with dates in the 1700's. The Meeting House was used by the theatre to store and paint back drops for the shows.

The houses on the Arthur St / Pleasance corner overlooked this area. I seem to recall there being a dairy between our house and Arthur St.   I don't remember what the other shop was.

Margaret Gray, Australia, August 5, 2006



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