Fettes Row

Fettes Row is one of the streets that crosses Dundas Street about half a mile to the north of Princes Street.  It lies on the northern edge of Edinburgh New Town.

Fettes Row -  Looking east across Dundas Street

Around 1970

Fettes Row, Edinburgh - 1970s
  John Knight, Edinburgh                                                                                                                                          Photo taken:  1970s

 

Comment

1.

John Knight

Thank you to John Knight for sending me six photos taken in the 1970s before conservation work really got underway in Fettes Row and before the  new developments were built to the north of Fettes Row.

The photo above is one of these photos.

John wrote:

Looking east across
Dundas Street

Fettes Row, Edinburgh - 1970s

"This view looks to the east along Fettes Row and across Dundas Street where the lorry can be seen.  The lorries in this photo are parked.  The trees are as today.

I think the corner building had been a billiard hall."

John Knight, Edinburgh:  January 2+5, 2012

 

Comment

2.

Morris Borthwick

Edinburgh

Thank you to John Knight for sending me six photos taken in the 1970s before conservation work really got underway in Fettes Row and before the  new developments were built to the north of Fettes Row.

The photo above is one of these photos.

John wrote:

Showroom for Farm Machinery
 (but please also see 'Comments 3' below)

"I grew up on Fettes Row and remember the corner building as not being a billiards hall, but a showroom for farm machinery.

The rest of the site was occupied by the firm Bowens who made or repaired the machinery. It stretched all along the East side of Fettes Row and went as far along as the park (King George V Playing Fields).

It even included the open air part where the old St Bernard's football pitch used to be. (That's now a parking area for the Bank.)

Stewart's Dance Hall

"Only part of the North side of the street (opposite about No.10) was Stewart's Dance Hall."

East Silvermills Lane

"My father had a yard in East Silvermills Lane opposite the sauce factory. He had a firewood business there, but also used the rest of the land as lockup garages.

I'd love love to see some photos of it."

Morris Borthwick, Edinburgh (ex-No.7 Fettes Row):  December 25, 2014

UPDATE

January 2015

Morris Borthwick has now thought again.  See his 'Comments 3' below.

 

Comment

3.

Morris Borthwick

Edinburgh

Morris Borthwick thought again about his 'Comments 2' above and wrote:

Machine  Shop

"After reading this page about James Brown & Son, I'm now not sure if my memory in 'Comment 2' above is fully correct.

Yes, I remember seeing the showroom which had machinery in it, I also remember the large outdoor area which was once St Bernard's ground, and also seeing it filled with farm machinery.

I remember, a few times, looking into the building through a window half way along Fettes Ave -  and yes, what I saw could well fit in with it being a machine/fitters shop."

Morris Borthwick, Edinburgh (ex-No.7 Fettes Row):  January 4, 20155, 2014

 

Photos:    Fettes Row

Recollections:    Fettes Row

 

 

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