site at the corner of Princes Street and Hope Street at the West End
of Princes Street was:
Osborne Hotel until
damaged by fire in 1879.
1879: Scottish Liberal Club
and several other businesses, each
occupying part of this site until Robert Maule's arrived.
- 1893: Robert Maule & Co, Department Store,
one of the first tea rooms and electric lifts in Edinburgh. The
store was expanded to include 145 +145A Princes Street in 1928.
store's advertising slogan was: "Meet me at Maule's".
This corner of Edinburgh became a popular meeting place, though
the clock under which people meet was not added until 1960., then
1931: Binns & Sons,
the result of an
acquisition following the death of Robert Maull
though Binns had, in fact, been owned
by House of Fraser since 1953.
[Edinburgh Evening News: 28 Mar
2002 - corrections and additions for earlier years from