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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

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Calton Hill

   Engraving in 'Modern Athens'  -  The New Observatory and Playfair's Monument on Calton Hill

 

 

Restoration

2003

Edinburgh Council has announced plans for restoration of two of the buildings on Calton Hill. 

With the help of cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund, 500,000 has been acquired to be spent on the following buildings.  It is proposed that,  following restoration,  they will be opened more regularly to the public:

James Craig House
(Observatory House)

This is a rubble built tower, designed by James Craig, the designer of the New Town of Edinburgh.

Observatory House was opened in 1792 and extended in the 19th century.

 

City Observatory

This is a classical building, designed by William Henry Playfair who also designed:

-   Donaldson's Hospital to the West of central Edinburgh

-   The National Galleries at The Mound

-   St Stephen's Church at Stockbridge

-   many other Edinburgh buildings. 

Since 1938, the Astronomical Society of Edinburgh has been based at the City Observatory.

 

Edinburgh Evening News  1 November 2003, p 9

 

Restoration

2006

Time Ball

   The Nelson Monument on Calton Hill.  The time ball being raised at 12.55pm

 Nelson Monument

Edinburgh City Council and The One o' Clock Gun Association have announced that they have applied for 15,000 of lottery funding to enable the time ball, at the top of the Nelson Monument on Calton Hill, to be restored.

History of the Time Ball

The time ball is a large white ball weighing 762 kg.  It has been signalling one o' clock in Edinburgh since 1852.

Its original purpose was to give an accurate time to sailors in the Firth of Forth, about three miles to the north of Calton Hill.

Professor Charles Piazzi Smyth, was a prominent early photographer.  He was born in Naples in 1800 and went on to become the 2nd Astronomer Royal for Scotland, a post that he held from 1846 to 1888.  He set up the time ball with the help of clockmaker Frederick James Ritchie.

The ball was originally linked to a master clock in the City Observatory, whose  time was set from observation of the stars.

Later, the time ball was linked to the One o' Clock Gun by a wire that stretched across the Waverley Valley.  The One o' Clock Gun was installed on the ramparts at Edinburgh Castle in 1861.

 

Today

The ball is still raised daily at the top of the Nelson Monument  (except on Sundays and in windy weather) then lowered at 1pm.  The ball is now raised and lowered manually, using a system of pulleys and a wheel near the top of the monument, operated by an employee of James Ritchie, who is also responsible for winding several of Edinburgh's public clocks.

UPDATE  -  SPRING 2007

The time ball  suffered some damage in the recent winds so is temporarily out of action.  It is hoped that a full restoration can be carried out.

UPDATE  -  SPRING 2008

The time ball is still awaiting repair.

 

Most of the details above taken from Edinburgh Evening News  October 7, 2006:  p.5

 

 

Beltane Fire Festival

Photos 2006

Beltane Fire Festival

Photos 2007

Beltane Fire Festival

Background

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Links to Other Pages

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