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View from Salisbury Crags

Dumbiedykes

View from Salisbury Crags  -  around 1960

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

  Reproduced by courtesy of Evening News.   Click here for web site details.

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around 1960

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

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to a 1950s photo

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

 

Dumbiedykes

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).

 

Question

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.

 gymnasium

-   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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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

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

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks