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Granton Square

and Granton Eastern Harbour

Looking down on Granton Square and across to Granton Harbour

Around 1958

Looking down on Granton Square and across to Granton Harbour  -  Photograph possibly taken around 1950

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to the Robert Grieves Collection and to Argyll Publishing

    

Enlarge this photo

   Looking down on Granton Square and across to Granton Harbour  -  possibly about 1950

Granton Square   2007

   Granton Square -  2007

Granton Square  1955

   Looking to the north across Granton Square towards Granton Western Harbour and Fife

 

Granton Square

and Granton Eastern Harbour

Transport

This photo includes a wealth of information for anybody interested in transport in Edinburgh in the mid-20th century.

Perhaps somebody will e-mail me with a few comments about the vehicles and ships in this picture.

-  Peter Stubbs:  November 22, 2006

 

Answer 1

It didn't take long for the first comments to arrive!  Within a few hours, Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of Wight, sent the following comments.

Walter wrote:

The Closest Ship

   Looking down on Granton Square and across to Granton Harbour  -  possibly about 1950

"The closest vessel in the picture is at Lighthouse Pier.  It is the twin screw motor ship 'Pharos VIII', built at Dundee by Caledon Shipyard:  [1712 gross tons, 257-ft  length, 39-ft beam, 13-ft deep.]

Pharos was used:

as a relief tender for North Carr Lightship, Bell Rock, May Island, Bass Rock and Fidra Island

-   for servicing beacons and buoys on the East Coast.

-  for conducting the annual Inspection Commissioners cruise around all the Scottish coast.

Pharos was sold to Windjammer Cruises, Bahamas in 1988, renamed 'Amazing Grace', and is still in service."

The Distant Ship

"The ship berthed at the steam crane on east side of middle pier would have been loading coal, or possibly laid up.  The coal conveyor clearly visible at end of middle pier, with trawlers on the west side."

Drilling Rig

"The drilling rig was moored in Granton late 50's, having been used by the National Coal Board in the area between Portobello and Port Seton."

Taxi Office

"The taxi office and kiosk can be seen on the left, in the middle of the picture"

Walter Lyle Hume, Cowes, Isle of Wight, England:  November 23, 2006.

 

Answer 2

Thank you to Patrick Hutton, Edinburgh,  who wrote:

The Railway

"An excellent photo. The tramlines have gone, so I'd guess the photo was taken in the  late-'50s.

I think the locomotive is a J35 or  J37.:

The J35 locos were withdrawn by  the end of 1962.

-  The J37 locos lasted right until the end of Scottish steam in 1966-67.

If the engine has two windows in the cab side (which is not possible to tell from the web photo), it would be either a J38 (more likely) or a J39 (almost indistinguishable).  I've seen a photo of one shedded at Seafield in the early '60s."

I've checked the original photo that I scanned, and it's still not possible to tell how many windows are on the cab side.  -  Peter Stubbs  December 2, 2006

Patrick Hutton, Edinburgh:  November 27 + 30, 2006, and also
March 7, 2010 (including comments from John Wilson)

 

Answer 3

I was also pleased to receive this reply, from Grant King, Aberdeenshire:

The Two Boys

"The two children coming up the steps are:

-  on the right, Paul Lorimer and

-  on the left, John Harkness.

This I got from a good source  -  Paul, who I grew up with."

Grant King, Aberdeenshire, now working in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil::  December 13, 2006.

 

Answer 4

Thank you to Hughie Grey, Australia,  who wrote:

Post Office and Police Box

"On Granton Square  there used to be the Post Office,  good for  sweeties.  We used to buy cinnamon sticks to smoke.  Yikes!

I wonder if the old police box is still there.  I've  been in it  a couple of times.   I even remember the  Policeman's  name.  It was 'Big Archie'  and he had a big  'back hand'.

Many of the old police boxes can still be found in the streets of Edinburgh, some now converted to coffee kiosks, but the one in Granton Square (above the road sign at the left-hand side of this picture) has been removed.  -  Peter Stubbs.

The Railway

We  were always getting caught   in the  railway yards  jumping on the wagons.   I lived in  Granton Medway,  top stair.  We had  great fun as kids.

Oor Wullie   couldnae  dae better,  eh!"

Hughie Grey, Australia::  March 5, 2007

 

Answer 5

Thank you to Denis Kelly, Edinburgh, who started his working life on Edinburgh buses, for writing:

1958

"Just looking at the Granton Square picture.  I'd date it 1958.  The bus is an Edinburgh Corporation Transport Bristol L6B with Brockhouse body, probably fleet no 764, which was a regular on route 17 between Granton Road and West End."

   Looking down on Granton Square and across to Granton Harbour  -  possibly about 1950

"The Bristol was new in 1950  and placed in service at McDonald Road. It was taken off mainline duties around 1959 and withdrawn in 1960.  By 1959 double-deckers  had taken over on  route 17. Tram rails were lifted in 1957, so a good guess would be 1958 !"

Denis Kelly, Edinburgh, August 1+7, 2009

 

Answer 6

Thank you to Kim Traynor, Tollcross who wrote

HMS Claverhouse

   Looking down on Granton Square and across to Granton Harbour  -  possibly about 1950

"The building on the far right with the flag flying was H.M.S. Claverhouse where Sea Cadets were trained until, at least, the late-1960s.

My eldest brother served for many years in the Navy and this is what probably encouraged my other older brother to join the Cadets at Granton.   The Cadets were taken out on the Forth to learn basic seafaring skills."

Kim Traynor:  Tollcross, Edinburgh:  September 21, 2009

This building was originally built as a hotel for passengers travelling from Granton Harbour.

Peter Stubbs:  September 21, 2009

Answer 7

Thank you to Jim Woolard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia who wrote

Distant Ship at Middle Pier

   Looking down on Granton Square and across to Granton Harbour  -  possibly about 1950

"The ship in the distance, on the east side of Middle Pier is a Liberian tramp steamer registered in Monrovia.

It was laid up there for a number of months"

Jim Woolard, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia:  June 26, 2010

 

 

 

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A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks