Green Jenny's Close

and Giles Street, Leith

Buildings demolished 1914

JCJ Kirk's Hairdressing Rooms, Green Jenny's Close, Giles Street, Leith  -  Demolished 1914

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh

Site of Jenny Green's Close  -  2011

Car park and Yardheads School, now converted to housing.  The car park in the foreground is where the hairdresser at the corner of Green Jenny's Close and Giles Street once stood.

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                           Photo taken:  January 21, 2011

 

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Demolished 1914

   Newhaven Road  -  Proposed Road Widening, 1909

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2011

Car park and Yardheads School, now converted to housing.  The car park in the foreground is where the hairdresser at the corner of Green Jenny's Close and Giles Street once stood.

 

Comparison of 'demolished 1914' photo  and 2011 photo

Jenny Green's Close

All the buildings in the foreground of the early photo have been demolished,  most or all of them about a century ago.  The land where they stood is now a  car park for Farmfoods supermarket, seen in the 2011 photo above.

Two towers on the roof of Yardheads School can be seen in both photos..  Yardheads school was constructed in 1875-76 and enlarged in 1888 and is in Henderson Street.   It has now been converted to housing.

These two towers are near the right-hand side of the old photo, a little higher  than the wall-mounted street lamp on the right.

 

Green Jenny's Close

Giles Street Area, Leith

Demolition 1914

The caption says that Green Jenny's Close was demolished in 1914.  The old maps show several narrow closes in the vicinity of Giles Street, Leith.  I don'e know which one was Green Jenny's Close.

Lamp Posts

There are three lanterns in this photo, all different styles.

Acknowledgement:  Archie Foley, Joppa, Edinburgh:  January 5, 2010

This is one of a series of photos posted onto boards in an old album that Archie Foley acquired a few years ago.  Archie believes that these are likely to be official photos that probably once belonged to Leith City Council.

 

Reply

1.

John Hadden

Edinburgh

Location

Thank you to John Hadden for sending me:

-  this link to an 1894 map of Leith on the National Library of Scotland web site.

-  an extract from this 1894 map, on which he has marked where this photo would have been taken from.

Newhaven Road  -  Proposed Road Widening, 1909

Green Jenny's Close is the narrow lane running down the left-hand side of the hairdressers.

Giles Street is the street running along the front of the hairdressers and out of the photo at the lower-right corner.

 

Extract from 1894 Map

Detail from an 1894 map showing the corner of Giles Street and Green Jenny's Close

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to John Hadden, Edinburgh

On this map:

-  St Anthony's Lane is the street running from top to bottom of the map, on the left.

-  Giles Street is the street running from top-centre to lower-right corner.

-  Green Jenny's Close is the narrow land running along the bottom of the map, linking St Anthony's Lane and Giles Street.

 

John wrote:

Location

"I think this photo was taken from near to the rear of Trinity House, Leith.  This 1894 map matches the photo.  It shows a building (hairdresser) with:

-   a urinal to the left of the building

-   a gated yard to the right of the building.

There are also streetlamps shown on the map (with symbol 'L') that correspond to those on the left and the right of this photo."

Newhaven Road  -  Proposed Road Widening, 1909

John Hadden, Edinburgh:  January 7, 2011

1870 Map

The small triangular plot containing the hairdressers and the yard beside it can be seen on this 1870 map, immediately to the west of the buildings shown in black in the centre of the map, Trinity House and South Leith Church.

Map of Edinburgh and Leith, 1870  -  Leith Section

 

1894 Map

Here is a link to the 1894 map on the National Library of Scotland website.  The old hairdresser and the yard beside it are about a third of the way down this map, a short distance:

-  SE of 'School, Boys and Girls'

-  West of 'Trinity House'.

 

 

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2.

John Dickson

Silverknowes, Edinburgh

Thank you to John Dickson who wrote:

John wrote:

Nicol's Court

"In James Scott Marshall's book, 'The Life and Times of Leith', there is a drawing of Nicol's Court which is to the right side of the barber's at Green Jenny's Close.

Nicol's Court was unofficially so-called in honour of Mrs Nicol, an auld wife who lived there and kept a mangle.  She took in mangling for a farthing a pin."

Demolition

"Nicol's Court and the court and barber's shop was demolished to make way for an extension to Yardheads school."  ***

John Dickson, Silverknowes, Edinburgh:  January 7, 2010

*** Extension of Yardheads School?

John mentions the demolition of Nicol's Court and the barber's shop to make way for an extension of Yardheads School (above).  Was this extension ever built?

The hairdressers and the yard were not demolished until 1914, according to the caption written on the photo at the top of this page.

There is a sign carved in a stone plaque above one of the entrances to Yardheads School.  It reads:

LEITH

SCHOOL BOARD

YARDHEADS SCHOOL

BUILT 1876

ENLARGED 1888

 

There is no mention on the plaque of any further school extension having been built in the 20th century, and the book 'The Buildings of Scotland - Edinburgh (John Gifford et al) makes no mention of any such extension having been built.

Maybe there were plans that were not implemented due to the outbreak of World War I in 1914.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  January 29, 2011

 Reply

3.

Frank Ferri

Newhaven, Edinburgh

Thank you to Frank Ferri who wrote:

Frank wrote:

Yardheads School

"Yardheads School is now housing.

The school became 'St Mary's Star of the Sea which I attended from 1940 to 1947.  The school moved to the former Leith Links school property a few years ago."

Frank Ferri, Newhaven, Edinburgh:  January 26, 2011

 

 

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