Ferry Road Avenue
miles NW of the centre of Edinburgh
Reproduced with acknowledgement to David Malcolm, New Zealand.
North Island, New Zealand
Thank you to David Malcolm,
now living in New Zealand, for allowing me to reproduce this photograph of
his sister-in-law Margaret Malcolm and his cousin's daughter, Kim, both standing on the back green behind 25 Ferry Road
Avenue. The photo was taken around 1960.
"This photo was taken around 1960
at the rear of 25 Ferry Rd Ave showing the back green, bounded by:
- Ferry Road Avenue.
- Ferry Road Drive
- Ferry Road
- Ferry Road Grove.
Ferry Road Drive is on left with
Ferry Road at the top.
Notice the pole for the
clothesline rope. In the early 1940s, the green had numerous
allotments as well as being a great play area.
I lived at No 25 Ferry Road
Avenue until 1956 when I left for New Zealand."
Move to Pennywell
"We moved from Holyrood Square to
25 Ferry Road Avenue in 1941. It was a significant upgrade in
When we moved there, the building programme was on hold due to the war."
classrooms for Pennywell School were situated in a number of houses on
Ferry Road, and the Administration Block was in a house near the
Our play area was on open space,
alongside the rail line to the north of the double bridges.
When building started up (in
1945?) an Administration Block and a Hall were built on the north side of
Ferry Road Avenue, to the west of West Pilton Drive.
I had just one teacher during my
five years at the school, Miss Jenny Geddes who became Mrs Wallace.
She was a dedicated and inspiring teacher."
- soccer with a tennis ball
in the street
- 'Kick the Can'
- 'Hide and Seek' in the
partially built houses.
We socialised at the Old Kirk
Youth Fellowship on. Friday nights, in an obsolete army hut at the SE
corner of Crewe Toll with table tennis, billiards and dancing.
On Sunday evenings we went to the
Church Hall for a documentary movie or an invited speaker.
We had walks along the promenade
to Cramond and annual camps in Iona. A church was eventually built
on Pennywell Road. Our wants were pretty minimal in those days,
certainly unsophisticated by today's standard."
David Malcolm, North Island, New Zealand: October 22, 2008
Thank you to Harry Brodnick
to Hearts' Match
"I stayed at 22 Ferry Road Avenue
from 1945 to 1961.
I used to follow Hearts' football
team and, yes, I got the train at Boswall Park and we got off at McLeod
Street to go to Tynecastle Park. Alas, it's all gone now, but very
Harry Brodnick, Pilton, Edinburgh: April 5, 2009