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Photography in Edinburgh by Robert Blomfield

Where is it?

ANSWER:  Harrison Park and Watson Crescent

Photo

13.

Stands for swings in an Edinburgh park, with tenements behind   -  1960

Photograph taken in Edinburgh, 1960  -  Where is it?

© Robert Blomfield                                                                                                                             Photo taken 1960

 

Photography in Edinburgh by Robert Blomfield

Photo 13

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, John is in the process of scanning and cataloguing the 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

 

Reply

1.

Betty Hepburn (née Boland)

Waikanae, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand

Thank you to Betty Hepburn who wrote

Harrison Park

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

"This picture reminds me of Harrison Park.  I played there lots as a bairn.  I daresay it look similar to any other park, but I’ll go for Harrison Park."

Betty Hepburn (née Boland), Waikanae, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand:  March 17, 2012

 

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2.

Walter (Wattie) Mason

Leith, Edinburgh

Thank you to Walter Mason who reached the same conclusion as Betty Hepburn above.

Walter wrote:

Harrison Park

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

"This photo looks very much like the swing park at Harrison Park.  The tenements to the right look like Watson Crescent and the building gable ends possibly North Merchiston Boys' Club.  I played there often when I lived in Ritchie Place."

Wattie Mason, Leith, Edinburgh:  March 18, 2013 + further message on March 24, 2013

Agreed

I agree with Betty and Walter above.  That is certainly Watson Crescent in the background.  I used to be a customer of H A West  in the 1990s, when I was using the Edinburgh Photographic Society colour darkroom to make prints.

 H A West sold medical and photographic supplies from their premises near the west end (i.e. the park end end) of Watson Crescent

I visited Harrison Park in very cold weather on 18 March and took a couple of photos which I hope to add to this page soon.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  March 23, 2013

 

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3.

Alan Wilson

Trinity, Edinburgh

Thank you to Alan Wilson who wrote:

Harrison Park

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

"I've had another look at the photographs and I'm fairly sure that this one was taken in Harrison Park.  I've attached a screenshot from Google maps and the tenement and the row of three building tie in quite well."

Alan Wilson, Trinity, Edinburgh:  March 18, 2013

Agreed

Thanks Alan.  

I agree.  The 1960 photo and the recent Google image both show the play area in the corner of Harrison Park, with Watson Crescent in the background. 

However, I've not added your Google image to the web site because at the same time as you were sending your email to me I was around Edinburgh with my camera, including Harrison Park where I took a couple of photos.

Please see 'Reply 4' below.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  March 23, 2013

 

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4.

Peter Stubbs

Edinburgh

I took a couple of photos in Harrison Park on March 18, 2013.  Here they are in black+white to match the 1960s photo, then in colour.

-  Photo 13a was taken from about the same position as the 1960 photo.

-  Photo 13b was taken from a little further forward.

I was interested to see that the North Merchiston Boys' Club has now changed its name.  A full size copy of Photo 13a shows that the large sign on the gable  of the right-hand low building in the background reads:

NORTH MERCHISTON BOYS & GIRLS CLUB

WORKING WITH THE COMMUNITY   Tel 622 1757

 

Photo

13.

1960

Photograph taken in Edinburgh, 1960  -  Where is it?

© Robert Blomfield                                                                                                                             Photo taken 1960

Photo

13a.

2013

Children's Play Area at Harrison Park with Watson Crescent in the background

©  Copyright: Peter Stubbs                                                                                                   Photo taken 18 March 2013

Photo

13b.

2013

Children's Play Area at Harrison Park with Watson Crescent in the background

©  Copyright: Peter Stubbs                                                                                                   Photo taken 18 March 2013

Photo

13a.

2013

Children's Play Area at Harrison Park with Watson Crescent in the background

©  Copyright: Peter Stubbs                                                                                                   Photo taken 18 March 2013

Photo

13b.

2013

Children's Play Area at Harrison Park with Watson Crescent in the background

©  Copyright: Peter Stubbs                                                                                                   Photo taken 18 March 2013

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  March 24, 2013

 

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5.

Phil Anderson

Thank you to Phil Anderson who also came up with the same answer.

Phil wrote:

Harrison Park

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

"The swing park is in Harrison Park off West Bryson Road.

The buildings behind the swings are North Merchiston Boys Club. The flats to the right are in Watson Crescent."

Phil Anderson:  March 18, 2013

 

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6.

Andrew Coates

Edinburgh

Thank you to Andrew Coates who also reached the same conclusion.

Andrew wrote:

Harrison Park

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

"I think this photo was taken from the playground in the north east section of Harrison Park, bordered by West Bryson Road, Harrison Road and the Union Canal.

The block of flats on the right are on the south east side of Watson Crescent.

Andrew Coates, Edinburgh:  March 23, 2013

 

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7.

Betty Hepburn (née Boland)

Waikanae, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand

Thank you to Betty Hepburn who wrote::

Harrison Park

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

"This photo is Harrison Park."

Betty Hepburn (née Boland), Waikanae, Kapiti Coast, New Zealand:  March 23, 2013

 

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