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Parker's Store

Bristo Street

July 1956

Fire in the flat above Parker's Store, Bristo Street

Fire in the flat above Parker's Store, 1956

©  Scotsman Publications Ltd.   Click here for web site details   Licensor: www.scran.ac.uk    Ref.000-000-058-102-R  Scotsman 05012802

 Map showing Pubs and Shops

The map below is a recent addition to this page, added to the site to show the position of Parker's store at
the corner of Charles Street and Bristo Street. The photo above looks towards Parker's store from the NW.

This map also shows the positions of two pubs: The Argyle Arms and The Empire Palace Bar,discussed here.

Pubs and shops around Bristo Street

©  Thank you to Neil Lawrence, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh for allowing me to reproduce this map
from the 1950s on which he has marked the Argyll Arms and the Empire Palace Bar

Update

5 November 2014

Location of

Parker's Store

The address that I've annotated on the map above as being the location of Parker's Store is 2 Charles Street.  This, I believe is the building seen in the photo of the fire above, looking at it from the NW, looking down Bristo Street.

However, Parkers appear to have also occupied several other adjacent and nearby properties.  I've looked at copies of the Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s and they all give these addresses for Parker's stores:

-     2   Charles Street

-   31   Bristo Street

-   33   Bristo Street

-   33a Bristo Street

-   34   Bristo Street

-   34   Bristo Street

-   36   Bristo Street

-   38   Bristo Street

-   42   Bristo Street

-   43   Bristo Street

-   29  Nicolson Square  Hardware Dept.

-   30  Nicolson Square  Hardware Dept.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  November 5, 2014

 

Parker's Store

1956

This photo above was taken following a fire in the flat above Parker's store at Bristo Street in July 1956.

Bristo Street was a continuation of Bristo Place to the SE towards the corner of Crighton Street and Chapel Street.  The street has now vanished and new Edinburgh University buildings have been built in the area.

Thank you to George T Smith, Canada, for encouraging me to add this photo to the web site:

A fire in the flat above Parker's Store, Bristo Street, 1956 ©

George wrote:

Iconic Building

"I remember the Parker's shop in Bristo quite well.  I believe that  if you can unearth a picture of the shop. it will prompt many other  memories.

The term, 'Iconic' was used to describe it, and I certainly  remember it in all its black and white glory."

George T Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada:  November 7, 2009

 

Recollections

1.

George T Smith

Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada

Thank you to George T Smith who wrote:

Bargains

"The picture of Parker's store is exactly as I remember it.

I  can't remember what was sold there, but I imagine that it was a bargain  store as my grandmother was very  careful of her pennies.

I  await re actions from other readers."

George T Smith, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada:  November 14, 2009

 

Recollections

2.

Bob Henderson

Burdiehouse, Edinburgh

Thank you to Bob Henderson who wrote:

Dante Lanny's Café

"This shot certainly hit the spot in bringing the memories of this area flooding back.  On the other corner, opposite Youngs* the Bakers, was Dante Lanny's Café and ice cream parlour, a well known place and proprietor."

Murray's Tools

"Just up from Lanny's, towards College Street. was The  Long Bar(?), a pend and a small tool shop whose name I can't remember.  It was later taken over by Mr. Murray.  This little shop evolved into Murray's Tool stores.

They had three shops, one in Dalry Road, one in South Clerk Street and one in Morrison Street. this being the only one left now.  They were run for many years by Fred Murray who retired not too long ago. I don't think there is a tradesman in Edinburgh who has not at some time been a customer of Murray's.

Again, heading up towards  College Street, there was a fruit shop, Rankins I think, and another pub, the Woolsack***. As George said, there will be many memories of Parker's to come, and there are already some in this archive, one in particular being my recollection of the famous Parker's menage."

Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse:  November 14, 2009

* See also  Bristo Street, Recollections 13

Update

***  Thank you to Stuart Lyon for pointing out that the name of this pub was, in fact,  The Woolpack and for sending me an old photo of The Woolpack.

Acknowledgement:  Stuart Lyon, October 27, 2010

 

Recollections

3.

Violet Crouse (née Cunningham) )

Canada

Thank you to Violet who wrote:

Flat Fire

"I was shocked to find this picture on the website because that flat was my home and, if it was in fact 1956, then I remember the fire very well. 

It was a very bad chimney fire which warranted the streets being closed because of the danger of the chimney falling down.

I now live in Canada but still have family in Edinburgh.

Thanks for the memories."

Violet Crouse (née Cunningham), Canada:  November 15, 2009

 

Recollections

4.

Eric Gold

East End, London

Thank you to Eric Gold who wrote:

Clothes 'on tick'

"This photo of Parkers Store brought back memories as my ma would kit me out there as you could get tick (credit) there."

Mr Parker

"I can still remember Mr Parker to this very day.  He would bring in his car to be washed, and for an oil check, at the garage where I worked in the Potterow called the Empire Garage."

Dante Linnie

"Also, as Bob Henderson said, opposite Young Brothers* was Dante Lannie’s Café.  He was a great friend of our family and became my Godfather, as I said in my memories of Arthur Street."

Fire

"As for the fire, I do remember a fire either in Parker's shop or nearby.  It could have been the one in the photo but I think it was Parkers shop at a later date."

Eric Gold, East End, London:  November 16, 2009

* See also  Bristo Street, Recollections 13

 

Recollections

5.

Violet Crouse (née Cunningham)

Canada

Thank you to Violet who wrote:

Bristo Street

"Here are few recollections from Bristo Street.

Across the road from Young's the Bakers was Jockie Whitton's paper shop, on the corner of Bristo Street and Marshall Street.

Up from Whitton's was: Lanny's Ice Cream Shop, and further up were:

-   a chemist (I can't remember the name)

-  a milliner's (hat shop)

-  the pend

-  Gilhooley the Butcher

-  a pub, the Hall Bar.

Further up towards Lothian Street were:

-  another pub, The Woolpack Inn

-  a fruit shop called Fell's

-  a fruit shop, closer to Lothian Street, called Lamont's

-  a kilt shop, on the corner of Bristo Street and Lothian Street.

Maybe someone else can help fill in the gaps.

Violet Crouse (née Cunningham), Canada:  November 16, 2009

Recollections

6.

Eric Gold

East End, London

Thank you to Eric Gold who added:

Parker's and Dante Lannie's

"My big sister Ella said, last night, that Parker's sold everything from a pin to an elephant.  We used love going to Parkers then over to Dante Lannie’s, my Godfather's, for a slap up meal.  Great memories."

Eric Gold, East End, London:  November 17, 2009

Recollections

7.

Al Lorentzen

Inverness, Illinois, USA

Thank you to All Lorentzen who wrote:

Parker's Store

"I remember Parker's store.   As George Smith stated, the store was iconic.  I also understand that the  reasonably priced merchandise was a blessing to many customers, especially during the war, as were the wonderful saleswomen."

Al Lorentzen, Inverness, Illinois (RAF Kirknewton 1959-62):  Jun 6, 2013

Recollections

8.

Rosemary Craig

Shariff, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Thank you to Rosemary Craig who wrote:

Parker's Store

"I remember Parker's store.   As George Smith stated, the store was iconic.  I also understand that the  reasonably priced merchandise was a blessing to many customers, especially during the war, as were the wonderful saleswomen."

Rosemary Craig, Shariff, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:  December 1, 2010

Recollections

9.

Al Lorentzen

Inverness, Illinois, USA

Thank you to All Lorentzen who wrote again:

Parker's Store

"I have fond memories of Parker's Store in Bristo Street.

In 1959, I'd catch the 42 bus at the Mound to visit my future wife who lived up near Mayfield and West Mains Road.

The bus would pass Parker's Store on the way.  I always thought it was a handsome building."

Al Lorentzen, Inverness, Illinois (RAF Kirknewton 1959-62):  Jun 6, 2013

 

Recollections

10.

Margaret Carnie (née Cunningham)

Tasmania, Australia

Margaret Carnie tells me that she has just learnt about the EdinPhoto site from her brother, Frank Cunningham who lived in Craigmillar from 1938 until 1963.

Margaret wrote:

Parker's Store

"My first job was with Parker's Store, at the tender age of fourteen when I left school.  There was no 'gap year' in those days.

The shop where I worked in was at Surgeon's Hall, right beside the No.12 bus stop.  Parker's was the hardware store where you could buy anything from a light bulb (which had to be tested first) to a baby's pram.

If I remember rightly, the Manager's name was Mr Jardine.  There was also a lovely girl there who took me under her wing and looked after me.

Margaret Carnie (née Cunningham), Tasmania, Australia:  January 7, 2024
Formerly Castle Terrace then Castle Gardens, Edinburgh

Bristo Street  Around Edinburgh Recollections

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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere     Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks