The Footballer's Arms

at the corner of Easter Road and Thorntree Street

Photo 1

1974

The Footballer's Arms at the corner of Easter Road and Thorntree Street  -  1974

Photo 2

2011

The Footballer's Arms at the corner of Easter Road and Thorntree Street  -  2011

 

The Footballer's Arms

Thank you to Patrick Lindsay for allowing me to reproduce the two photos above.

Patrick wrote:

Photo 1

1974

    The Footballer's Arms at the corner of Easter Road and Thorntree Street  -  1974

"I found this picture in my Auntie's Craigentinny house.  It has been dated on the back by Kodak  - 1974.

It shows my uncle's pub, 'The Footballer's Arms' on the corner of Easter Road and Thorntree Street.  That's the corner one up from Manderson St, near the foot of Easter Road.

Interestingly, the photo it also shows the old LMS rail bridge over Easter Road. This was the continuation of the line which crossed over the lower part of Leith Walk on a similar bridge  then ran along the arches on Manderson Street towards the bridge over Easter Road."

Photo 2

2011

    The Footballer's Arms at the corner of Easter Road and Thorntree Street  -  2011

"I was back in Edinburgh this last autumn and went down Easter Road looking for the pub, and took this photo:

I took the photo from as near as I could to where the 1974 photo was taken from, except there were cars and big rubbish bins blocking my field of view from the original pavement location."

The remains of the left hand side of the old rail bridge are now completely gone and a relatively new building now occupies the space.  The pub has now reverted to dwellings, I think."

Patrick Lindsay, Perth, Western Australia, Australia:  December 30, 2011

 

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