Water of Leith

Lower Drawbridge, Leith

Lower Drawbridge

Removed March 1910

Lower Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at The Shore, Leith  -  Removed 1910

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh

Site of Lower Drawbridge  -  2005

Loking to the north from the bridge over the Water of Leith at Bernard Street, towards the site of the Lower Drawbridge and Leith Docks

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                          Photo taken: October 31, 2005

 

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Drawbridge demolished 1910

   Lower Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at The Shore, Leith  -  Removed 1910

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2005

   Loking to the north from the bridge over the Water of Leith at Bernard Street, towards the site of the Lower Drawbridge and Leith Docks

 

Comparison of c.1910 photo and 2005 photo

Lower Drawbridge

The two photos above both look to the north from the bridge at Bernard Street, down the Water of Leith towards the site of the Lower Drawbridge and Leith Docks.

The industrial scene in the early photo has been replaced by new housing (left and centre) and refurbished buildings along The Shore (right).

The chimneys have vanished from Leith Docks, but the old swing bridge near the entrance to the docks has survived.  The large ship and paddle tug have been replaced by barges and a floating restaurant.

 

Water of Leith

Lower Drawbridge

Location

This photo shows the lower drawbridge that used to cross the Water of Leith a few yards to the north of the present road crossing at Bernard Street Bridge (beside beside Leith Custom House at the eastern end of Commercial Street).

The old photograph above looks to the NE across the Water of Leith towards New Ship Temperance Hotel at 20 Shore, Leith.  This is close to where the ship, Ristorante De Niro, is now moored (in 2010).

Photo from Bernard Street Bridge, Leith  -  Water of Leith frozen  -  Christmas Eve 2010

Sandport, Tower Place,
and Ship (Ristorante De Niro)

 

Map

The old drawbridge can be seen, top-centre, on this 1870 map of Leith. It crosses the Water of Leith between the letters 'A' and 'R' of LEITH HARBOUR written on the Water of Leith.

Map of Edinburgh and Leith, 1870  -  Leith Section

 

Lamp Posts

Does anybody recognise the style of lamp post beside the drawbridge?  There is also a lamp post with globe, just about visible on the far shore of the Water of Leith.

Another View of the Drawbridge

Here is another photo of the Lower Drawbridge on the Water of Leith at Leith:

   Lower Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at The Shore, Leith  -  Removed 1910

 

Acknowledgement:  Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh:  January 5, 2010

This is one of a series of photos posted onto boards in an old album that Archie Foley acquired a few years ago.  Archie believes that these are likely to be official photos that probably once belonged to Leith City Council.

Reply

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Frank Ferri

Newhaven

Thank you to Frank Ferri who wrote:

Location

   Lower Drawbridge over the Water of Leith at The Shore, Leith  -  Removed 1910

"The Lower Draw Bridge at the Shore Leith  was just beyond the present Bernard Street Bridge to the right of the ship's bow.

You can see the big gate of Brown's, ship repairers.  They are still in business. Two barges are berthed there now."

Frank Ferri, Newhaven, Edinburgh:  January 17, 2011

 

Brown's, Ship Repairers

Here is a photo of this section of the Water of Leith, taken in 2007.  It shows Brown's ship repairing works (white and blue in this photo)  on the eastern bank of the Water of Leith and the barges mentioned by Frank above.

Cycles on the North Bank of the Water of Leith;  barges on the south bank, at The Shore, Leith

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 17, 2011

 

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