Princes Street

Late-1950s

Between South St David Street and South St Andrew Street
including Jenners Department Store at 47-52 Princes Street

Princes Street Lamp Posts in late-1950s  -  Jenners and other shops

   Any reproduction requires  prior permission of Edinburgh City Archives  Photo from Edinburgh Street Lighting Collection SL/90/8
Photo Ref.  Photo Illustrations (Scotland) H18/1

 

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      Princes Street Lamp Posts in late-1950s  -  Jenners and other shops

 

Princes Street

Lamp Posts

This photo comes from the Edinburgh Street Lighting collection of photos held in the Edinburgh City Archive.

The photo was taken presumably to show the lamp standards in Princes Street, following the removal of the old tram tracks after the trams stopped running in 1956.

Building Work

The BOVIS building work here (at Marks & Spencer?) may give a clue as to when this photo was taken.)

Question

1.

Dan Hertzfeldt

Dan Hertzfeldt wrote:

Lamp Posts

"I presume the large lamp posts running down the middle of Princes Street were installed in 1956 or 1957 after the removal of the trams.

But do you happen to know when these particular lamp posts were themselves removed from Princes Street?"

Dan Hertzfeldt:  September 22, 2011

Reply to Dan

If you know the answer to this question, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to Dan.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  September 22, 2011

 

Reply

1.

Steven Oliver

Thank you to Steven Oliver who replied:

    Princes Street Lamp Posts in late-1950s  -  Jenners and other shops

Princes Street Lamp Posts

"The Princes Street, the lamp posts in this photo were removed around 1968.  They were replaced by wall-mounted floodlights on the shops side and by railing-top lanterns on the Gardens side west of the Mound.

The railing-top lanterns are still there today, albeit running a different light source in place of their original mercury lamps.

I suspect that the floodlights on the shops side of the street will have been renewed several times since they were originally installed."

Steven Oliver, Duns, Borders, Scotland:  September 22, 2011

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2.

Gus Coutts

Duddingston, Edinburgh

Thank you to Steven Oliver who replied:

    Princes Street Lamp Posts in late-1950s  -  Jenners and other shops

Supports for Tram Cables

"I think the posts in the centre of Princes Street in this photo  are the ones which doubled up as supports for the overhead cables for the trams. 

If you click on the last 2 thumbnail images  in the 'More Photos' section at the foot of this page, you can see what look like the brackets for the cables below the fancy ironwork for the lights.

These lamp posts are far easier on the eye than the monstrous poles erected for our current trams fiasco."

Supports for Tram Cables

The lamp posts supporting the tram lines in this painting of a tram in Princes Street in the 1950s look similar to those in the photo at the top of this page:

Tram crossing Princes Street from Hanover Street, at the foot of the Mound

 

Lamp Posts Removed

"As far as I can remember the posts were removed in the late 1960s or very early 1970s to be replaced by lights mounted on the buildings  which at the time seemed to produce an amazingly bright almost daylight effect compared to the old lights."

Gus Coutts, Duddingston, Edinburgh:  September 23, 2011

 

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3.

Steven Oliver

Thank you to Steven Oliver who replied:

    Princes Street Lamp Posts in late-1950s  -  Jenners and other shops

Princes Street Lamp Posts

"Gus is correct: the lamp posts in the middle of Princes Street also acted as supports for the overhead tram wires. 

 These were also used in Leith Walk and Craighall Road."

Steven Oliver, Duns, Borders, Scotland:  September 25, 2011

 

 

More Photos

Princes Street Shops

Around 1957

Below are a few photos from the same collection as the photo at the top of this page.  All photos look to the east along Princes Street.

The photos appear below in the order that the views would be seen by somebody walking east from the West End of Princes Street.

Charlotte Street to Castle Street

-  including Moffat Photographers at 126 Princes Street

Princes Street Lamp Posts in late-1950s  -  Moffat, Photographer and shops 

Castle Street to Frederick Street

-  including Mackie's Shortbread at 108 Princes Street

Princes Street Lamp Posts in late-1950s  -  Mackie's Shortbread and other shops 

Frederick Street to Hanover Street

-  including Marcus Furs at 97  Princes Street
 on the corner of Frederick Street

Princes Street Lamp Posts in late-1950s  -  Marcus Furs and other shops 

Hanover Street to South St David Street

-  including Jenners Department Store at 47-52 Princes Street
on the corner of South St David Street

Princes Street Lamp Posts in late-1950s  -  Jenners and other shops 

South St David Street to South St Andrew Street

-  including  Old Waverley Hotel at 43 Princes Street and
RW Forsyths at 30 Princes Street

Princes Street Lamp Posts in late-1950s  -  Old Waverley Hotel and shops 

 

Street Lighting

Princes Street

Around Edinburgh

 

 

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