The corner of

Cowgate

and

St Mary's Street

Photo 1    -    2009

St Mary Street, 2009  -  Travelodge

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs  -   please contact peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                    Photograph taken:  October 26, 2009

Photo 2    -    1911 to 1916

When and where might this photo have been taken?  J Weinberg, Furniture Dealer

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to John Stirling, Currie, Edinburgh:  Oct 22, 2009                                    Photographer not known

Photo 3    -    1951

  Forbes Wilson, Guilford, Surrey, England                                                                                               Photo taken:  December 1951

 

The corner of Cowgate and St Mary's Street

Location

The first photograph above was taken in October 2009.  The second was taken almost a hundred years earlier, between 1911 and 1916.

The roads in both of these photos above are:

LEADING TOWARDS LEFT BORDER: Cowgate

LEADING TOWARDS RIGHT BORDER:  St Mary Street

LEADING TOWARDS LOWER LEFT CORNER: Pleasance

LEADING TOWARDS LOWER RIGHT CORNER: Holyrood Road

Photos 1 and 2

Comparing the two photos, we see:

-  The shop belonging to Joseph Weinberg, Furniture and Tool dealer at 85 St Mary Street and the low buildings beside it have been demolished and replaced by a new hotel:  Travelodge, Edinbrugh Central.

-  A Holiday Inn has been built a little further up Cowgate, at the junction of Cowgate and South Gray's Close, centre-left in the 2009 photo.

- The old lamp post on the extreme right has been replaced by a sandwich board advertising pizza, falafel, panini and coffee.

-  The shop in the bottom left corner of the old photo has been taken away BUT the high wall behind it, part of a Salvation Army building has survived.  The same piece of stonework can be seen jutting out into the sky on both photos.

Photo 3

Thank you to Forbes Wilson, now living in Guildford, Surrey, England for sending me Photo 3 above, after seeing Photos 1 and 2.

Forbes' photograph was taken in December 1951.  I feel that it really captures the atmosphere of a damp and misty day in Edinburgh.

Acknowledgement:  Forbes Wilson, Guildford, Surrey, England:  October 27, 2009

 

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1911 to 1916

      When and where might this photo have been taken?  J Weinberg, Furniture Dealer

2009

   St Mary Street, 2009  -  Travelodge

 

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   When and where might this photo have been taken?  J Weinberg, Furniture Dealer

 

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