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Goldberg's

Department Store

Late-1970s

 

Goldbergs Department Store, High Riggs, Tollcross, Edinburgh  -  late-1970s

©  Mark Harris, London, England                                                                                                               Photograph taken late-1970s

 

Goldberg's

Department Store

Late-1970s Photos

Thank you to Mark Harris for allowing me to reproduce this photo.  This is one of many black and white photos that Mark took in Edinburgh in the late-1970s.

Question

Part of Goldberg's Department store can be seen on the right-hand side of this photo.

What were the sheds or garage in the centre of this photo?

 Please email me if you know the answer to this question.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  June 29, 2013

 

Reply

1.

Bryan Gourlay

Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

Thank you to Bryan Gourlay who wrote::

SMT Workshops

   Goldberg's store, Tollcross  -  late-1970s ©

"Could the sheds in the middle of this photo be the rear entrance to SMT's workshops?  The main entrance was in East Fountainbridge, along the road from the Palladium Theatre.

SMT had its original Vauxhall dealership in Fountainbridge, with large workshops and, I think, Head Office there."

Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

 

Reply

2.

Sandy Cameron

Edinburgh

Thank you to Sandy Cameron who wrote:

SMT Workshops

   Goldberg's store, Tollcross  -  late-1970s ©

"If I remember correctly, the sheds/garages in question were the ones at the rear of what was the SMT garage/showroom complex which was on the south side of East Fountainbridge."

Sandy Cameron, Edinburgh:  June 30, 2013

 

Reply

3.

Tom Simpson

Richmond, Surrey, England

Thank you to Tom Simpson who wrote:

SMT Workshops

   Goldberg's store, Tollcross  -  late-1970s ©

"These sheds were part of the SMT garage which stood on the now Uberior Buildings."

Tom Simpson, Richmond, Surrey, England:  June 30, 2013

 

Reply

4.

Terry Cox

Fairmilehead, Edinburgh

Thank you to Terry Cox who wrote:

SMT Workshops

   Goldberg's store, Tollcross  -  late-1970s ©

"The 'sheds' in the Goldbergs photo are the back entrance to the SMT garage - the main entrance was in East Fountainbridge, and there was also a large door into Reigo Street

As an aside, the last shop before the back entrance to the SMT garage was Knowles paper shop**, where my Mum got her papers, and I used to buy sweeties, when I was a lad."

Terry Cox, Fairmilehead, Edinburgh:  June 30, 2013

**  See also Reply 5 below.

 

Reply

5.

Kate Lamb (née Kathleen Wright)

Thank you to Kate Lamb for sending a few comments about this photo.

 

Kate wrote:

SMT Garage   and    Palladium Theatre   and   The Blue Halls

    Goldberg's store, Tollcross  -  late-1970s ©

"Those sheds were the old SMT bus garage ***

At the end of  those sheds, further up the street, was the stage door of the Palladium Theatre, where my Mum and I went every Monday night to enjoy variety shows with comedians:

-   Lex Mc Clean

-  Johnny Victory

 and wonderful dancers and singers.  Boy, those were the days!

I also remember going to the pictures in the Blue Halls on Lauriston Street, just round the corner. In those days it was literally the blue hall inside, with all the smokers.  lol."

*** Question

SMT Garage   -   Buses or Cars?

Was the SMT garage at High Riggs for buses or cars?

I know of the SMT bus garage in New Street.  They may also have garaged buses near High Riggs, but I thought that was where they had a car showroom and workshop.

Peter Stubbs:  Edinburgh:  January 29, 2014

 

Knowles' Paper Shop

"I'm sorry to be correcting the Terry Cox who said in his Reply 4 above that Knowles' paper was was on High Riggs.

It was, in fact, through the pend at 57 High Riggs, on Lauriston Place

We lived at No.158 Lauriston Place.  Next door was a butcher's then Knowles' newsagent.  I delivered papers for them after school. The shop was owned by Louis Knowles."

Tenements

"Two of the families that lived in the tenements, just before the garage were:

-  The Alexanders and

-  The Chalmers

Going down the street in my later days, there was a weet shop that had previously been owned by the Livingston family who lived in the next stair.  Their daughter was my best friend.  She later became m y sister-in-law."

Kate Lamb (née Kathleen Wright):  December 29, 2014 (3 emails)

 

Reply

6.

Terry McGuire

Coventry, Warwickshire, England

Thank you to Terry McGuire for replying to the question that I asked in 'Reply 5' above.

Terry wrote:

SMT Garage

at High Riggs

Spitfires

"I remember during the war that the SMT garage in the High Riggs produced parts for Spitfires, I used to stand by the doors , which were always opened wide, and smell the dope paint used in camouflage.  It must have given the workers a real 'high',it was so strong."

Spitfires

"The front of the workshop, in Fountainbridge was always a car showroom in my recollections."

Terry McGuire, Coventry, Warwickshire, England:  December 30, 2014

 

Reply

7.

Terry Cox

Fairmilehead, Edinburgh

Thank you to Terry Cox for also replying to the question that I asked in Reply 5 above.

Terry wrote:

SMT Garage
East Fountainbridge

   Goldberg's store, Tollcross  -  late-1970s ©

"As far as I remember, the SMT garage in East Fountainbridge was mostly cars.  It also had a petrol station there, though I do remember the odd bus or commercial vehicle going in to the entrance in Reigo Street.

SMT also had a showroom on Lothian Road, which later became HMSO, and is now a Nando's, I think."

Terry Cox, Fairmilehead, Edinburgh:  December 30, 2014

SMT Showroom
Lothian Road

Thanks for your comments, Terry.

Please click on this thumbnail image if you'd like to see a photo of the SMT showroom in Lothian Road that I added to the EdinPhoto web site about three years ago:

SMT Sales & Service Dealership, on the corner of Lothian Road and Grindlay Street, Edinburgh ©

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  December 30, 2014

 

Reply

8.

Terry Cox

Fairmilehead, Edinburgh

Thank you to Terry Cox for for following up the comments that Kate Lamb wrote about Knowles' Paper Shop in Reply 5 above.

Terry replied:

Knowles' Paper Shop
Lauriston Place

"I was interested to read Kate Lamb's comments re Knowles Paper Shop.  I think we're talking about two separate eras here. From her other recollections I see that Kate went to St Ignatius' School in 1945 or 1946. I didn't go to Tollcross School until 1958, so I must be about 12 years younger than her.

   Goldberg's store, Tollcross  -  late-1970s ©

By 1958, No.158 Lauriston Place no longer existed - the whole block from about 148 to 172 was demolished around the mid- 1950s - and the area became a car park for many years.  That's the car park, in front of Goldberg's in the photo above..

I remember the woman in the paper shop in High Riggs as being a Mrs Knowles."

My Home

and the other side of

Lauriston Place

"I was brought up at No.143 Lauriston Place, and I vaguely remember the Pub on the other side of the street, on the corner of Lauriston Place and High Riggs.  I always wondered what else as well as the pub) was on that side of Lauriston Place."

Terry Cox, Fairmilehead, Edinburgh:  December 30, 2014

 

 

Mark Harris Photos:  late-1970s

Recollections

Tollcross

 

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