George Street


36 (The Grail) + 38 George Street

36 (The Grail) + 38 George Street, Edinburegh  -  1970

©  RCAHMS,   Photo 99972312  Scran 000-299-993-804-C                                                                                                                   Photo 1970


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   36 (The Grail) + 38 George Street  -  1970 © 


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George Street

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Thank you to Paul Sutherland, Glasgow, Scotland for telling me about this photo.

I've added the photo to the EdinPhoto web site along with Paul's recollections of The Grail Café/bookshop.  The Grail was on the first floor of 36 George Street until around 1973.

George Street

This photo comes from the RCAHMS* collection.  Commenting on the photo, RCAHMS say:

"George Street was originally two opposite rows of plain-fronted houses. As the grand central thoroughfare of James Craig's New Town, it was made wider than its sister streets, Princes Street and Queen Street..

This elegant late Georgian shop front has a central door with Ionic columns on either side, and is reached by a flight of stone steps from the pavement, as if it were still a house.

George Street had no shops at first, but quite early in the 19th century a few select establishments began to appear on the ground floors of houses.  With the Victorian age came the projecting shop front, built out over the basement area."

  * RCAHMS = Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Scotland


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