Where is it?

Answer

Westland Cottages

Gilmerton

Four Children and a Barrow Box

Around 1933

Photo of a barrow box and 4 children, taken around 1933.  Where might this photo have been taken?

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to David Bain, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England

 

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    Photo of a barrow box and 4 children, taken around 1933.  Where might this photo have been taken? ©

 

Recollections

1.

David Bain

Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England

Thank you to David Bain for sending me this 'mystery photo.

David wrote:

Where is it?

Four Children and Barrow Box

"Here's another "Where is it?" photograph to tempt the armchair  detectives.

All I can say is it was taken in about 1933.  I'm sure the boy on the right is my dad, Tom.  He looks to be nine or ten.  I think the other children are cousins, possibly the children of his Uncle Adam.

As far as I can make out the barrow box is labelled:

'Symington's essences of Edinburgh'."

David Bain, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England:  February 22, 2011

Where is it?

If you can help to answer this question, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to David.  thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  February 28, 2011

Recollections

2.

Bryan Gourlay

Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Thank you to Bryan Gourlay who replied:

Four Children and Barrow Box

"I canít help on where David Bainís photo might have been taken.  However, I do remember that there was a Symingtonís factory in Logie Green Road in the late 1940s.  It made coffee.

It was directly opposite our house and next to the entrance to the Powderhall greyhound racing track."

Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Recollections

3.

Jimmy Cunningham

Gracemount, Edinburgh

Thank you to Jimmy Cunningham who replied:

Gilmerton

"When I saw this picture:

Photo of a barrow box and 4 children, taken around 1933.  Where might this photo have been taken? ©

it reminded me of Westland Cottages on the corner of Ravenscroft Street and Ravenscroft Place, Gilmerton."

Jimmy Cunningham, Gracemount, Edinburgh:  March 3, 2011

 

Recollections

4.

David Bain

Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England

Thank you to David Bain who replied to 'Reply 3' above:

David wrote:

Where is it?

Gilmerton

"I think Jimmy Callaghan is right.  I can't think why I didn't see it for myself - weary grey cells, perhaps!  My grandparents lived in the Tofts, about a hundred yards away, at the time before moving to Craigmillar

Has anyone got an up to date photograph for comparison?"

David Bain, Rotherham, South Yorkshire, England:  March 3, 2011

 

Recollections

5.

Peter Stubbs

Edinbrugh

Gilmerton

Jimmy Cunningham is correct.  I visited Westland Cottages on the corner of Ravenscroft Street and Ravenscroft Place at Gilmerton this afternoon and took a few photos of the cottages.

Please click on the thumbnail images below to see the old and recent photos together.  There is no doubt that both photos are of the same street!

1933

    Photo of a barrow box and 4 children, taken around 1933.  Where might this photo have been taken? ©

2010

    Westland Cottages, Ravenscroft Street - 2011 ©

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh, March 5, 2010

Recollections

6.

Jimmy White

Loanhead, Midlothian, Scotland

Thank you to Jimmy White for confirming the location of this photo, and for telling me more about this area.

Jimmy wrote:

Westland Cottages

    Photo of a barrow box and 4 children, taken around 1933.  Where might this photo have been taken? ©

"I'm almost sure that this photo is of the cottages right opposite the entrance to Adams' farm.  This farm entrance leads to the 'middle strip' ."

Gilmerton Coal Pit and the route home to Gilmerton ©

Big Houses

"The cottages are still there, but the big house at the back of these cottages has long since been knocked down.

At the back of this big house there was a field with another big house in it.  This is where Bob Ritchie stayed.  He owned 'Jock the horse'. This  is now  Gilmerton Place, part of the  housing estate."

The Cottages

"The road straight ahead in this photo was a dead end, with only the entrance to the big house at the  end.  These rows of  cottages were built in an 'L' shape, with the horizontal part of the 'L' , that you can see in the picture, leading to the big house.

The vertical part of the 'L' shape was the end of Main Street, when turning the corner towards New Street.  I remember Hugh Innes, the coal merchant living in the last cottage. (You can't see it in the picture.) Next to this was a market garden."

Looking towards Main Street

"In my days  there was a corner shop, right opposite this photo.

Looking down Main Street, was Runciman's shop.

Further down there were:

-  Beverage's shop

-  MacPhail's fruit shop

-  Campbell the Butcher

-  cottages and a church.

Looking towards New Street

"Looking in the other direction from this corner shop, towards  New Street, there were:

-  on the right:

-  more cottages

-  the entrance to the 'vennel'

-  Erskine's coal yard

-  on the right:

-  the rest of the cottages built in the 'L' shape

-  the market garden, almost opposite the coal yard'

Jimmy White, Loanhead, Midlothian, Scotland:  August 4, 2011

 

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