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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

  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

 

History of

Edinburgh 

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Early History      Old Town       New Town      Dates

 

Early History

There is some uncertainty about the early history of Edinburgh, many of the records having been lost in early invasions.  However, Edinburgh is believed to have taken its name from Edwin of Deira who fortified the castle rock around 617AD.   

Edinburgh has a long history, that pre-dates photography by many centuries.  Yet, some of the buildings painted by the 17th and 18th century artists and photographed by the mid-19th century photographers can still be recognised today.

Edinburgh was originally a walled town, extending less than a mile down the ridge to the east from Edinburgh Castle.  As recently as 1763, the area of Edinburgh was only about 1 square mile.  

Its boundaries expanded gradually, and by 1840, when photography came to Edinburgh, the area covered was about 4 square miles.  The City's expansion, with the creation of the New Town, was well underway. 

The population of Edinburgh has gradually grown.  It was about 100,000 in 1811,  160,000 in 1841 and  270,000 in 1891, and is about half a million today.

 

Edinburgh Old Town

Edinburgh Castle to Holyrood Palace

Edinburgh Old Town is built on a ridge extending  for about a mile down the slope to the east from Edinburgh Castle (with its buildings dating from the 12th century onwards) towards Holyrood Palace and Abbey.

Edinburgh Castle

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Holyrood Palace and Abbey

  Holyrood Palace and Chapel  -  Photo by Alex A Inglis

The Great Hall of Edinburgh Castle dates from the early 16th Century.  Its timber roof was much restored by the architect, and Edinburgh Photographic Society President, HJ Blanc in 1888.  [IAG]

The One 'o Clock Gun is a cannon that, for over 140 years, has been fired from Edinburgh Castle to signal the time of day.

The High Street

The houses in the Old Town were built high and close together, with narrow alleys, or closes, between.  Landmarks on the Royal Mile, that leads from Edinburgh Castle include St Giles' Cathedral, John Knox's House, and White Horse Close.

St Giles' Cathedral

St Giles Cathedral in the Royal Mile, Edinburgh  -  Photo by Alex A Inglis

John Knox's House

Stereoscopic View by Archibald Burns  -  John Knox House in the Royal Mile

White Horse Close

White Horse Close in the Royal Mile, Edinburgh  -  Photo by Alex A Inglis

     

 

Edinburgh New Town

James Craig's Plan

1766

Edinburgh's New Town was built to enable Edinburgh's inhabitants to live in more spacious surroundings, away from the unhygienic high-rise buildings of the Old Town.

The New Town consists of a formal arrangement of straight streets, squares and crescents, based on plan designed by James Craig in 1766. 

The New Town occupies the top half of this map of 1860, with Princes Street running from West to East along the centre of the map.  It can be contrasted with the narrow streets and closes of the Old Town in the bottom right hand corner of the map.

[Please click on this map, or on any other small images to see enlargements.]

Central Edinburgh

1830

 

Princes Street

Princes Street was the location chosen by most of Edinburgh's early photographers.  For most of the length of Princes Street, there were buildings only on the northh side.  The top floors of these buildings would have been bright and have had an open outlook towards Edinburgh Castle.

Princes Street extended from St John's church at the West End, past the National Galleries and the Walter Scott Monument towards the site where the North British Hotel, now the Balmoral Hotel, stands at the East End.

National Galleries of Scotland as seen from Hanover Street  -  Photograph by George Washington Wilson

Royal Scottish
Academy

The West End of Princes Street  -  1902  -  JCH Balmain

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St John's
Church

Walter Scott
Monument

 

Rock House

About a quarter of a mile beyond Princes Street, to the east, lies Rock House, where Hill & Adamson's studio was based, 1843-47, at the foot of Calton Hill

.Rock House Studio  -  1870s

Rock House  -  Valentine post card 2

Rock House

Calton Hill

 

Dates

Please click here to see a list of dates when

-  foundation stones were laid

-  buildings were opened

-  buildings were destroyed by fire

-  royalty visited Edinburgh

-  streets were lit

-  canals, railways and tramways were built

-  etc.

 

 

Edinburgh

Why Edinburgh?     Events     Trades    History     Years     Transport    Tours     Maps

 

  

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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