View from Junction Bridge over the
Water of Leith
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle
View from Junction Bridge, Leith
Thank you to John
Stewart for telling me about this photograph, and to Walter Lyle
Hume for providing a copy of the photo.
This view looks
upstream, to the NW from the old Junction Bridge which took Great
Junction Street over the Water of Leith and the railway.
LEFT: a ship yard (which
RIGHT: Great Junction Street station
AHEAD: Mills at Bonnington. (Is that the clock
tower of Chancelot Mill?
Please email me if you know anything more about this photo, or
if you can suggest when it might have been taken.
- Peter Stubbs, July 27, 2009
Stewart , Edinburgh, Oct 26, 2009 + Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of
Wight, Oct 27, 2009
Thank you to John
Stevenson for sending me more details about the boatyard.
George Brown & Sons'
"The boatyard on the left of this photo was
owned, from at least 1920 to around mid/late-1950s, by George Brown
& Sons, Engineers, Shore, Leith. The boatyard was entered from
Ballantyne Road / West Bowling Green Street
George Brown & Sons are still based at
The boatyard built ships' lifeboats and
repaired all sorts of small craft, especially yachts.
Note the slip.
In the 1950s, the trend was to build
steel/aluminium lifeboats, so they lost most of their work and the
boatyard became purely a repair yard.
My grandparents lived at 19/21 Ferry Road
(to the right as you look at the photo). As a boy, I used to
watch, over the garden wall, the workman 'slipping' the boats
My Father's cousin, David Stevenson, ship
carpenter at Ramage & Ferguson, and part time footballer with
Hibernian FC, used to 'moonlight' there of an evening or weekend !!!
In the 1930s, part of the yard was also
occupied by, I think, Skivington & Caithness, boat builders."
Stevenson, Trinity, Edinburgh: July 28, 2009
Thank you to Fraser
Parkinson who wrote confirming that Chancelot Mill is, indeed, in
this photo, but it is not the building at the centre of the photo!
SCWS Grain Mill
"The building with the tower, in the
centre of this photograph is the SCWS Grain Mill on South Fort
There is another photograph of it on
Sixties Edinburgh page the Flickr web site."
"That's definitely the tower from
Chancelot Mill in the distance, near the right-hand side of this
the two chimneys.
Parkinson, Pilrig, Edinburgh: November 29+30, 2012