Comely Bank, Edinburgh
Reproduced with acknowledgement to Al Lorentzen, Inverness,
Photo taken 1959
Peter Stubbs - please contact email@example.com
November 4, 2011
Inverness, Illinois, USA
Thank you to Al Lorentzen for
allowing me to reproduce Photo 1 above. He took this photo in 1959 when he was based at Kirkliston Air Base
with the US Air Force.
This view looks to the south
along Learmonth Avenue towards the steps leading to South Learmonth Avenue
and Queensferry Road.
Learmonth Avenue is the last
street on the left before Comely Bank Roundabout, when heading out of town
along Comely Bank.
The open land to the
right-hand side of Learmonth Avenue in this photo was known as
Ian Young, a contributor to the
Recollections section of the EdinPhoto web site wrote:
"The waste ground between Learmonth Ave. and
Orchard Brae was called the Mixie.
I think it was called Mixie because
all the building products for the building of the Comely
Bank/Learmonth houses were mixed roughly in that area.
I can also remember there being an area of
compacted sand which we played in as kids."
Ian Young, Hawick, Borders, Scotland:
September 18, 2009
I took Photo 2 on November 4, 2011. The homes along both
sides of Learmonth Avenue, and on the higher ground in the distance, near
South Learmonth Avenue, look very much as they did when Photo 1 was taken,
52 years earlier.
- There is now new housing on what was open ground at The
- Trees have grown along the street and especially around the
steps at the end of the street.
- Parked cars have arrived, together with yellow and white lines
on the road to show the parking restrictions.
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: November 8, 2011