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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

 

Portobello

Holidays

In the late 19th century and early 20th century, Portobello became a popular seaside resort.  It had:

Sands and sea  which featured in many old post card views.

The Beach

   Post Card  -  Portobello Beach  -  by Valentine - coloured

Promenade

with Marlborough Mansions with their ornate iron balconies (built 1890s, demolished 1960s) and Windsor Mansions.  Several of Portobello's photographers had studios on the Promenade.

Pier

It was designed by Thomas Bouch, designer of the ill-fated Tay Rail Bridge.  It was 1,250 ft long with a pavilion, restaurant and concert hall at its head..  It opened 1871 and was  was demolished following storm damage in.1917.  Steamers sailed from the pier to Aberdour,  Elie, North Berwick, May Island, Bass Rock and other destinations.

The Pier

   Portobello Pier  -  photo by John Patrick

Funfair

with helter skelter, amusements and  figure of eight railway (closed in 1957 after having been declared unsafe).  

Marine Gardens

a large complex  consisting of a theatre, Empress Ballroom and amusement park with mountain slide, royal mountain scenic railway, great joy wheel, katzenjammer castle and  'Figure Eight Railway' with its one-mile long track, each car holding twenty-eight passengers.

Marine Gardens

   J S & S, Edinburgh  -  Portobello Marine Gardens

The buildings at Marine Gardens were all transferred to Portobello after having formed part of the Scottish National Exhibition held at Soughtonhall Park in Edinburgh in 1908.

The Amusement Park

was taken over by the War Department in 1914. and used to billet troops.   Most of the buildings never re-opened following the War.  Empress Ballroom did re-open and continued to attract customers until 1939.  All has now gone from this site at the eastern end of Seafield Road.  A Lothian Region bus depot was built on the site in 1962.

Zoological Park and Bostock's zoo

with over sixty cages including elephants, lions, tigers, wolves hyenas and monkeys.

-  Open Air Bathing Pool

opened, 1936, built to accommodate 1300 bathers and 6,000 spectators.  It had a wave-making machine.  The pool finally closed in 1980.

Several photographic studios were established at Portobello, some with highland dress outfits or Newhaven Fishwives' costumes for their clients.

  

Recollections

1.

Carole Irwin

Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland

Portobello Open Air Bathing Pool

Wave-making Machine

Several people have sent me their memories of Portobello Open Air Bathing Pool.  Caroline Irwin wrote in the EdinPhoto guest book:

"I remember the famous announcement every hour..'

'THE WAVES WILL BE ON IN 5 MINUTES TIME'."

Carole Irwin, Linlithgow, West Lothian, Scotland:.   March 24, 2006

 

Recollections

2.

Anneke Dubash

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Anneke Dubash wrote:

"My mother, who is now aged 83 and emigrated from Scotland to Canada in 1950, tells me that it was her uncle, John Tocher, who designed the wave pool at Portobello."

Anneke Dubash, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada:  April 22, 2008

 

Recollections

3.

Anneke Dubash

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Thank you to Anneke Dubash who wrote again:

Anneke wrote

"I have just made contact with a cousin, Mags, who is the grand-daughter of John Tocher who designed the Portobello Wave Pool.

Mags has sent me this photo that includes 'Uncle John'.  He is the handsome fellow seated on the right.

I don't know the date or circumstances of this photo."

Portobello Wave Pool Designer, John Tocher, and others

Anneke Dubash, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada:  April 27, 2008

 

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Pool    History     Churches     Potteries       Festival       Video     Victorian Dress

 

 

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

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