Photography in Edinburgh by Robert Blomfield

Where is it?

ANSWER:  7 Arthur Street, Dumbiedykes

Photo

12.

Waiting for the Pub to open, at Dumbiedykes  -  1960

Photograph taken in Edinburgh, 1960  -  Where is it?

© Robert Blomfield                                                                                                                             Photo taken 1960

 

Question and Replies

Question
 1.

Johnny Blomfield

Photo 12 by Robert Blomfield

 -  Where is it?

Reply
1.

Eric Gold
East London, England

I don't know.

Comments on pubs in:

-  Dumbiedykes Pubs

-  Dumbiedykes Road

-  Pubs used by My Family

Reply
2
.

Bob Henderson
Burdiehouse, Edinburgh

Adam Street

Reply
3
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Neil Lawrence
Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

'The Crags', 7 Arthur Street

Reply
4
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Neil Lawrence
Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

'The Crags', 7 Arthur Street

Reply
5
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Eric Gold
East London, England

Comments on pubs in

-  Adam Street

-  Arthur Street

-  Stewart Street

Reply
6
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Stuart Lyon
Burdiehouse, Edinburgh

The bottom of Adam Street

Reply
7
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Tom Harrison
Buckstone, Edinburgh

'Aird's Pub', Arthur Street

Reply
8
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Tony Henderson
Canada

Only one Bar in Arthur Street

Reply
9
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Joe Jordan
Gracemount, Edinburgh

'Aird's Pub', Arthur Street

Reply
10
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Tom Harrison
Buckstone, Edinburgh

'Aird's Pub', Arthur Street

The Two Gentlemen

Reply
11
.

Eric Gold
East London, England

'Hare's Bar'

 

Question

Johnny Blomfield

Photography in Edinburgh by Robert Blomfield

Where is it?

Photo 12

    Photograph taken in Edinburgh, 1960  -  Where is it? ©

This is one of a large collection of photos taken by Robert Blomfield  in Edinburgh between 1956 and 1967.  Robert's brother, Johnny, is in the process of scanning and cataloguing these photos.

He'd like to discover where this photo was taken.  If you recognise the location, please email me, then I'll pass on the news to John.

Thank you

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  March 16, 2013
with acknowledgement to Johnny and Robert Blomfield.

 

Reply

1.

Eric Gold

East End, London

I asked Eric Gold, who grew up in Edinburgh at Dumbiedykes, if he recognised this Dumbiedykes pub:

Photograph taken in Edinburgh, 1960  -  Where is it? ©

Eric replied:

Dumbiedykes Pubs

"I donít recognise that old pub.  That photo was taken before my time. If you get the name of the pub do let me know.  Bob Henderson will know it."

Dumbiedykes Road

"There was a pub in Dumbiedykes Road, just round the corner from Prospect Street.  It was called The Bowlers' Rest. It faced Hollywood Park, the bowling green and the nursery."

Pubs used by My Family

"My family used:

Hares Bar at the top of the brae, opposite West Arthur Place.

Stewart's in Drummond Street.

Rutherfordís in Drummond Street."

Eric Gold, East End, London:  April 3, 2013

 

Reply

2.

Bob Henderson

East End, London

After reading Eric Gold's comments in 'Reply 1' above, I emailed Bob Henderson and asked him if he recognised the Dumbiedykes pub in this photo.

Bob replied:

Adam Street

"I think this is the pub at the bottom of Adam Street:

Photograph taken in Edinburgh, 1960  -  Where is it? ©

From the look of the panels under the windows, the pavement seems to be sloping down left to right. 

The Bowlers' Rest pavement was level.

 I lived in 4 West Adam Street in a 'single end'.  When we were first married, we sometimes had a pint in the Adam Street pub."

Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh:   East End, London:  April 4, 2013

 

Reply

3.

Neil Lawrence

Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

Thank you to Neil Lawrence who replied:

Neil wrote:

7 Arthur Street

"My records show that the pub in Robert Blomfield's 'Photo 12' was The Crags at 7 Arthur Street,

Photo 12

    Photograph taken in Edinburgh, 1960  -  Where is it? ©

Here is a picture of The Crags.  It shows the same square and round fans in the windows** ."

Neil Lawrence, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh:  April 4, 2013

7 Arthur Street

Neil's Photo

**  Unfortunately, for copyright reasons, I'm not able to add the photo that Neil Sent  -  a photo looking across Arthur Street, with The Crags near the top of the street, immediately below a shop with a capstan advert on he wall beside its door.

However, Having seen this photo, I can confirm Neil's comments about the fans on the windows of The Crags, in his photo match those on the windows of Robert Blomfield's 'Photo 12'.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  April 4, 2013

 

 

Reply

4.

Neil Lawrence

Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

Neil Lawrence added:

7 Arthur Street

"You have a picture of the same pub on the EdinPhoto web site***, but it doesn't show the same window details, so it must have been taken a  bit earlier."

Neil Lawrence, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh:  April 4, 2013

7 Arthur Street

Photo already on
EdinPhoto web site

***  Here is a copy of the photo of The Crags pub at 7 Arthur Street that Neil found on the EdinPhoto web site.  Please click on this image to enlarge it:

The Tizer lorry parked on Arthur Street is outside the shop immediately above The Crags pub.

Dumbiedykes Survey Photograph - 1959  - Arthur Street with lemonade lorry ©

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  April 4, 2013

 

 

Reply

5.

Eric Gold

East End, London

Thank you to Eric Gold for responding to Bob Henderson's comments.

Eric wrote:

Dumbiedykes Pubs

"I think Bob Henderson has nailed it with his comments above."

Eric Gold, East End, London:  April 6, 2013

Arthur Street

In fact the pub that Bob Henderson recalls (in Reply 2 above) was at the bottom of Adam Street  -  but Neil Lawrence seems to have provided good evidence (in Reply 3 above) that the pub in this photo was at 7 Arthur Street.

Dumbiedykes Survey Photograph - 1959  - Arthur Street with lemonade lorry ©

Eric recalls the Arthur street pub, and wrote:

Dumbiedykes Pubs

Adam Street

"I remember the pub in Adam Street or West Adam Street well.  As kids, we would guise there in the Halloween time and make a few shillings.

The pub that Bob mentioned (in Reply 2 above) was next to the shops and Cunninghamís the butchers.

Arthur Street

Neil Lawrence mentions (in Reply 3 above) a pub called The Crags in Arthur Street, but I believe that the only pub that stood in Arthur Street was Hares Bar.   My family used it for years.

Drummond Street

My family also went to Stewart's and Rutherfordís pubs  in Drummond Street.  I bet one of my great grandpas spoke and had a drink with Robert Louis Stephenson, as he drank in Rutherfordís.

Eric Gold, East End, London:  April 6, 2013

 

Reply

6.

Stuart Lyon

Blackford, Edinburgh

Thank you to Stuart Lyon for emailing me on April 7, 2013, telling me that he had solved the riddle about The Crags pub.

Stuart wrote:

The Crags

"Neil Lawrence mentions The Crags pub, Arthur Street  in his Reply 3, above.

-  Eric Gold remembers no such pub in Arthur Street in his Reply 4, above.

-  However, Billy McCuaig, has already sent a message to the EdinPhoto web site, in which he refers to Crags Bar, Salisbury Street.

Billy wrote:

Crags Bar

"This photo shows the shop at the top of Salisbury Street  that was owned by Mrs Keith.  On the corner at the Pleasance was Young's Bar, Salisbury Street.

Later this bar was owned by Danti Lannie and the name was changed to the Crags Bar, Salisbury Street.

Salisbury Street

    Dumbiedykes Survey Photograph - 1959  -  Head of Salisbury Street ©

Danti's mum was known locally as Mama Lanni.   She was a widow and was always dressed in black, as I remember her."

Billy McCuaig:  September 24, 2011

Stuart Lyon, Blackford, Edinburgh:  April 7, 2013

 

Reply

7.

Tom Harrison

Buckstone, Edinburgh

Thank you to Tom Harrison who wrote:

Aird's Pub

        Photograph taken in Edinburgh, 1960  -  Where is it? ©

"The pub in this photo is Aird's Pub, Arthur Street.

The gentlemen in this photo are:

-  Henry Fallon, the bookie

-  Mr Law ('Snowy')

Tom Harrison, Buckstone, Edinburgh:  29 August 2013

  

Reply

8.

Tony Henderson

Canada

Thank you to Tony Henderson, Canada, for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guestbook.

Tony wrote

Only one Bar in Arthur Street

"I think the only bar in Arthur Street was at the top on the right at the Pleasance end.  I cannot remember the name of it."

Tony Henderson, Canada:  Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, 2 September 2013

Reply to Tony

Thanks for your comments, Tony.  I expect I might receive a few more comments yet on this topic.  You referred to the bar as being at the top of Arthur Street street on the right.  Was that on the right as you look up the hill towards the Pleasance or on the right as you look down the street towards the park?

Incidentally, I've had a look in some of the old Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories to see what shops and Bars I can find listed for Arthur Street, but they have not helped me.  Very few of the addresses in Arthur Street have been listed in these directories.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  2 September 2013

  

Reply

9.

Joe Jordan

Gracemount, Edinburgh

Thank you to Joe Jordan for posting a reply to the message that Tony Henderson posted in the EdinPhoto guestbook on 2 September 2013.

Joe wrote

Aird's Pub

Arthur Street

"The Pub at the top of Arthur Street was always known as Aird's.   John Richardson was the Manager when I frequented the establishment.

We drank in Aird's right up to the end when it closed down and John Richardson took over as manager of a public house down Easter Road on the Leith Walk Side round about Dalmeny Street.  Now, I'm talking 1953-54"

Joe Jordan, Edinburgh:  Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook, 2 September 2013

 

Reply

10.

Tom Harrison

Buckstone, Edinburgh

Thank you to Tom Harrison for writing again.

Tom wrote:

        Photograph taken in Edinburgh, 1960  -  Where is it? ©

Aird's Pub

Arthur Street

"Photo No.12 is for definite on Arthur Street.  It was opposite West Arthur Place.  The common name for pub was Aird's' for a long time until it was bought over by John Richardson

John also owned a public house in Stafford Street, Leith, called The Stafford.  He was a popular landlord and gave tick when you got a 'carry oot', on a Saturday night."

The Two Gentlemen

"The gentlemen on the left in this photo is, for positive, my pal Henry Fallon's dad ,who was Henry as well

The other gentleman is, I think by his difficulty in reading and posture, Mr Law, commonly known as 'Snowy'.

The two gentlemen are are in the act of striking a bet on the horses.  Those were the days!"

Tom Harrison, Buckstone, Edinburgh:  2 September 2013

 

Reply

11.

Eric Gold

East London, England

Thank you to Eric Gold who wrote:

        Photograph taken in Edinburgh, 1960  -  Where is it? ©

Hare's Bar

Arthur Street

"This is just a recap on the pub at the top of the brae on Arthur Street.  Some people have referred to it as Crags Pub, but it was called Hares Bar.

It was owned by the Richmond family who then owned a bar in Leith called the Iona Bar in Iona Street, after Arthur street had been demolished.

You have several photos of the bar on the EdinPhoto web site, one with a horse and cart.  You can clearly see that the name is Hare's Bar"

Eric Gold, East End, London, England:  6 September 2013

Hi Eric:

Hare's Bar Photo

I've spent a while looking on the EdinPhoto web site for the photo that you mention above, of Hare's Bar and the horse and cart.  Unfortunately, I've not been able to find it.  Can you tell me which page on the site it is on?

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  6 September 2013

 

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