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Cowan's Yard

Albert Street, off Easter Road

 

Recollections

1.

Russell Young

Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland

In the 1990s, Cowans yard in Albert Street, close to its junction with Easter Road,  was being used by George Christie to store building materials.

I'm pleased to be able to record Russell Young's recollections below, describing the yard in earlier times, when it was used by Cowans.

Russell wrote:

Cowan's Yard

"My father was born in Easter Road right on the boundary with Leith and his mother (Jemima Young née Oman) still lived there.

As a small child during, and just after the war I could sit at the parlour window of  number 206 and watch the carters bring their horses and carts through the vennel into Cowan's yard directly opposite.

It fascinated me that once the horses were un-hitched and the draw chains hooked up to their tack they would amble across to the troughs for a long drink while the carter hitched up the shafts and blocked the wheels of the cart.

The horse would then wander up the ramps to the appropriate stable on the first floor leaving the carter to follow on.

Cowans must have been the 'Eddie Stobard's of their day because the horses were nearly always well turned out.

I lived out in Ormiston and, being a country yokel,  had only seen farm carts, so to me the variety of carts, pantechnichons and low loaders was amazing.

I had seen two horses drawing a plough or heavy wagon but three horses hitched up to a closed furniture van just overwhelmed me."

Russell Young, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland

Russell asked:

Photographs

"Do you by any chance have a photo of Cowans yard?

It wasn't very photogenic but from 2 stairs up it was my television and I watched sometimes for hours. I could always hear when Hibs had scored a goal too!"

Russell Young, Kilbarchan, Renfrewshire, Scotland

1996 Photo

All I have is a relatively recent photo, taken in 1996, after Cowans had left the yard and George Christie had moved in.

In this photo, the yard was being used by George Christie to store building materials.  The markings on the walls show the positions of the old ramps to the stables.

Christie's Yard

   Edinburgh at Work  -  George Christie's Building Yard  -  Albert Street, off Easter Road ©

Now, it is several years since George Christie left the yard.  The old buildings surrounding the yard have been demolished and new apartments have been built on the site.

Peter Stubbs:  August 25, 2009

 

Recollections

2.

Mitchell Rankin

Loanhead, Midlothian, Scotland

Thank you to Michael Rankin who wrote:

Cowan's

"My father, Willie Rankin, worked in Cowan's as a farrier.  We stayed at 167 Easter Road, I think that section of read was called Tait Street.  It was between Drum Terrace and Albion Road.

When they finished work, the workers would go to the Drum Tavern, which is now the Royal Nip.

I was taken down to the yard sometimes and put on one of the horses. I think they were Clydesdales. My father brought the horse brasses home to polish up most nights."

Mitchell Rankin, Loanhead, Midlothian, Scotland:  August 25, 2009

   

Recollections

3.

Elizabeth Maritz

Thank you to Elizabeth Maritz who wrote:

Cowan's Stables

"I lived across the road from the Cowan's Stables during the 1930s and 1940s.  Carts were delivering goods around Edinburgh, I think on behalf of the Railways.

There must have been about 30 - 40 horses stabled there and it was quite a popular venue for parents to sit their young children on the wall at 5 p.m. to view the carters guiding their carts into orderly rows then taking their horses up the ramp to where they were stabled."

Elizabeth Maritz:  15 September 2013

 

Photos:  George Christie

Photos:  Edinburgh at Work

  

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

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

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