Beside the Steps into Holyrood Park - 1959
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Michael Lindsay and to
Edinburgh City Libraries and
I received the following message on 6
"I must e-mail you and thank you for posting
the pictures of the South side. They brought back so many memories
of when I was a kid living around that area, around the time it was
being demolished and rebuilt.
I'm very curious with regards to your
pictures showing Heriot Mount. If you magnify the picture, what is
the ornate structure with the three or four steps right in the corner or
the building and the park wall.
I've shown the picture to a few people but
we're all stumped I would be obliged if you or anyone knows what it is
could tell me."
Graham. 6 September 2005
I still don't know exactly what the stone structure
in this photograph was. However I have now received a couple of messages
giving a little more information about it.
Joyce Ritchie wrote:
"I came across your web site
while looking for photos of Heriot Mount, Edinburgh.
You ask the question:
'What is the ornate structure in the corner
with four steps leading to it?'
Well, I'm happy to tell you, it led round to
the back green, or the 'Henny' as we kids called it. I believe it was
called this because they used to keep hens there years before.
I hope this
Joyce Ritchie, London, England, September 18, 2005
Billy McCuaig who used to live at 119 Dumbiedykes Road, wrote:
"The photo of Herriot Mount the structure
with the three steps was an entrance into the backgreen that was
always known as the henny.
It was used by us as children as a short
cut from our backgreen 119 Dumbiedykes Road through to Herriot Mount
and the steps leading to the Holyrood Park"
Billy McCuaig, April 15, 2006
Cathy McKinsley, née Calvey wrote:
"The Henny, was a magical place
where girls played shops, champing away at all the
different coloured stones to make all kinds of imaginary
wares, and the boys played various games from cowboys & Indians,
King Arthur or Robin Hood, or whoever else was the character of the
Cathy McKinsley, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire,
England: September 6, 2007
Dumbiedykes Survey Photographs - 1959 Survey
The large photograph above was one of several dozen taken in 1959 by Adam H
Malcolm in the Dumbiedykes area of Edinburgh. These photographs were
taken shortly before the houses were demolished. Adam H Malcolm donated these photographs to the Edinburgh City
Libraries in the 1960s and they can now be found in the Library's
Edinburgh Room Collection.