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Photograph taken 21 August 2004
photograph above was taken on 6 April 2003, from near the foot of
Wardie Steps, that lead down from
Granton Road beside the house
that was once home to the Royal Forth Yacht Club to Lower
Granton Road at a point close to the
Eastern Breakwater of
view looks to the west into
A new building can be seen in the background. This is the top
of apartments built on the north side of Granton Road, close to
the point where it meets Granton Square.
Please click on the image below to see
a view from a similar position, but taken with a longer lens about
sixteen months earlier, before the new apartments were built in
Lake Maquarie, New South Wales, Australia
Thank you to Ian
Thomson who wrote:
"This photo, looking west
in Wardie Square, certainly brought back memories to my wife and
The last house on right
is where my wife's grandparents, the Bells, spent their married
lives and raised 6 children. They rented the house from the
Duke of Buccleuch.
worked in the Granton Harbour all his working life, so, at a
guess, we are looking at early 1900s. My wife's mother, Ean
Kearnan (married name) was also brought up here."
"The houses, in these
days, were fairly spartan with outside toilets and no hot water.
So, in the 1950s, with my time as an apprentice plumber just about
completed, I decided to impress my then girlfriend's grannie by
installing an Ascot gas heater over the sink.
there were numerous problems
including the Toby key breaking the shut-off valve under the
ground and the Water Board being called upon.
grannie Bell, in the end, was absolutely delighted to have hot
water, and I became very popular with requests for further
the Bells' house, there were also John, Jim, Willie, Jean and
Ian Thomson, Lake Maquarie, New South Wales, Australia:
October 11, 2011
Ian Thomson asked when
the houses in Wardie Square were built. They were built around
1840. That was about the same time as Granton Harbour was
being built nearby.