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Simon Square

Simon Square - Public Wash House - 1959

Dumbiedykes Survey Photograph - 1959  -  Simon Square Public Wash House

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Edinburgh City Libraries and Information Services                                          Neg. L973C

 

Recollections

1.

Dave Elgin

Dundee, Tayside, Scotland

Thank you to Dave Elgin who wrote about this photo of the Public Wash House, seen here on a misty day in 1959.

Dave wrote:

Wash House

   Dumbiedykes Survey Photograph - 1959  -  Simon Square Public Wash House

Washing and Drying

"This photo brings back lots of memories of the days my mother would take her washing in a large black bag and head off for the wash house with the children following her.

As you went into the building you paid your money and proceeded to put your washing into big machines on the right- hand-side of the building.

There were no spin dryers in these days.  The washing was dried by hanging it on large horse pulleys, I think they were called, which had hot air blown through them  When your washing was dry, you pulled out the horse and removed the washing.

Beside the Wash House

Beside the wash house, was a small swings park where we played while the washing was being done.

On the other side of the building, if I can remember correctly, was a church which I attended many times. It may have been Salvation Army.  It was always a very happy, easy going service which attracted a lot of people.

The Lamp Post

I was also interested to see the lamp post with the gas lamp which would have been lit each evening by a gentleman with a long pole who used to do the rounds when it got dark.

Dave Elgin, Dundee, Tayside, Scotland:  January 6, 2009

 

Recollections

2.

Tam Smith

Germany

Thank you to Tam Smith, formerly known by his middle name, David Smith,  who wrote:

Simon Square

"Simon Square was more or less my first address.  We stayed there with my grandparents, in 1951, on the top floor of No.1, shown here:

Gibbs Entry

    The corner of Gibb's Entry and Simon Square  -  July 2008

I remember the inscription above the entrance to the wash house, opposite:

'PVBLIC WASH HOVSE'

-  strange things you remember.

Moves

Around 1952-53, we left and moved into a Prefab in no. 11 Greendykes Crescent, next to the swing park.

Then, when the prefabs were being demolished, we moved to 9 Craigmillar Castle Grove. A lot of the recollections of Craigmillar listed here are the same as mine.

I became a Ferranti apprentice then left Scotland for Germany in 1971, and have been here ever since.

Tam Smith (David Smith), Germany:  July 20, 2011

 

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

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