St Leonard's District Photos
See Answers below
Reproduced with acknowledgement to David Gordon, Old Town, Edinburgh
St Leonard's District -
This narrow lane with
high wall, gas light and bollards to block the traffic looks
unusual. Do you recognise it?
Many roads have been
blocked by bollards in recent years, but these appear to be older
Collection of Photos
above is taken from a collection of whole-plate negatives.
The photos were probably taken around the 1920s.
If you recognise this
street, please email me.
Thank you. Peter
Stubbs: July 4, 2008
Thank you to Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland who
"The width and length of the lane and angle of the buildings at
the end suggest photo 3 could be Richmond Lane running into West
Richmond Street at its junction with Richmond Place.
There are also no buildings on the right-hand side, which would
tie in with the wall being that of the back greens of the west
side of South Richmond Street.
Thatís my best guess. Looking at the relatively tight area the
photos are taken, I canít see any other lanes that fit the bill."
Bryan Gourlay, Biggar,
Lanarkshire, Scotland: July 7, 2008
I think Bryan's
explanation sounds very plausible. Here is a map of the
area, published in 1925. (This map is large and may be slow
The lane that Brian
mentions runs approximately north/south. It is not
named on the map but can be found towards the lower-right corner
of this map, about 4 streets ot the left of the letter
'C' of 'SALISBURY CRAGS'
in Holyrood Park.
Peter Stubbs: July 7, 2008
I visited Richmond Lane and took this photo earlier this week:
I believe it was probably taken from about the same position as
this 1920s photo below. Both photos look NW towards West
All the buildings on the right in the 1920s photo have now
gone, probably demolished around the late-1920s. The old gas
lamp and the bollards in the road have also gone. However,
the change in road surface from cobbles to tarmac can be seen in
The wall on the left, barely visible in the 1920s photo, is
still standing. The building over that wall is the former
school in Davy Street.
Peter Stubbs: July 10, 2008
Richmond Lane can be
found half way down the South Side map on the extreme-right of the
map extending into the top-left corner of the St Leonard's map