Employees of

Charles Spinks

Wood Turner and Sawmill, Edinburgh

Eleven men and a dog

Charles Spinks, Sawmills  -  11 men and a dog

Reproduced with acknowledgement to Kim Traynor:                            Photographer not known


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Charles Spinks

Eleven men and a dog

Thank you to Kim Traynor for allowing me to reproduce this photograph taken outside Charles Spinks' works.

Acknowledgement:  Kim Traynor. Tollcross, Edinburgh:  September 13, 2009

The Photograph

It is not known who took this photo.  If you know where and when this photograph may have been taken, please email me.

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  September 18, 2009



Thank you to Richard Torrance who wrote:

"The 1897 Edinburgh directory has Charles Spinks, wood turner, at 19 & 21 Pirrie Street (off Gt. Junction Street).  At No. 20 was J & D Sutherland, joiners.

Charles Spinks' home address was 52 Great Junction Street

Richard Torrance, Edinburgh:  September 18, 2009

So, it appears that the photograph above would have been taken at Pirrie Street, Leith some time between 1895 and 1905.  See the  table below.

It may be possible to narrow down this period a little more by consulting Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories for 1901 to 1904.


Charles Spinks


J&D Sutherland

After reading Richard Torrance's comments above, I consulted a few more Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories to find out a little more about the history of these two companies.  Here are some extracts from the directories:


Charles Spinks

Wood Turner (1850, 1890+)

Wood Turner and Steam Mills (1860-80)

J&D Sutherland



89 St Andrew Street






24 Kirkgate



24 Kirkgate + 16 Coatfield Lane



24 Kirkgate + 27 Coatfield Lane

3 Albany Street


24 Kirkgate + 27 Coatfield Lane

7 Albany Street


Mill of Comrie, Comrie

17B Bowling Green Street



15 Bowling Green Street


Pirrie Street

26 Bowling Green Street


Pirrie Street

Pirrie Street


19+21 Pirrie Street

20 Pirrie Street


19 Pirrie Street

20 Pirrie Street





1B Summerside Place




Charles Spinks

Another Photo

Kim Traynor also sent me another photograph of Charles Spinks workers.

Charles Spinks, Sawmills  -  10 men, a horse and a dog

I think this photo may be older than the one at the top of this page, because in this one, Charles Spinks appear to have no neighbours on their right.  They have neighbours in the photo at the top of the page.

In both photos, one of the men is holding a two-handled saw.  Is it the same man in each photo, and if so, how much younger does he look in this photo than in the photo at the top of the page?


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