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Edinburgh New Town

Atholl Crescent

Off Shandwick Place between West End and Haymarket

   

Recollections by Alan Fentiman

Bournemouth, Dorset, England

Thank you to Alan Fentiman for sending the memories below.  Alan used to live in Edinburgh and attended Trinity Academy 1967-72.

Alan wrote:

A Base in Town

"My sisters and I were children in the mid 60’s and lived at Gracemount.  We were fortunate that our Grannie Hardie lived in Atholl Crescent, in the centre of town. Her house was very handy as a base (and toilet) when we were in town.

She was also a larger-than-life character and always seemed pleased to see her many grandchildren. Her house was a spacious basement flat and we all have happy memories of that happy home, including damp ridden walls and cold stone floors."

Saturday Mornings

"On summer Saturday mornings we would get the bus down to Princes Street and go to the Ross Bandstand. I don’t recall much of the entertainment but there was singing and dancing which we all joined in.

Then, thanks to the proximity of grannie's house, we would make our way to Atholl Crescent.  Sometimes when we arrived she was in the middle of baking scones or making pancakes. There's nothing quite like either of these delicacies hot, with melted butter on them.

Even turning up unexpectedly, we were guaranteed something to eat and drink. Plain fare, but delicious. She could conjure up a plate of chips and a cup of tea before you had time to get back from the outside loo!"

School Holidays

"One of my own treats during the school summer holidays would be to spend the day with grannie. A typical day would be to get a number 31 bus from Lasswade Road down to the stop at Atholl Place. Gran’s house was only a short skip and jump from there.

I would sometimes be asked to empty the mousetrap - a detestable job but one which made me feel like a grown up in grannie’s eyes. She was always full of praise for a good job done when the poor wee mite was buried in the back garden."

Shopping

"On some occasions I would chum her up to Dalry Road to help her with her shopping. This was usually rewarded with 3d to spend. Other times she would ask me to go and get one or two things for her.

I recall being sent to the 'Dummy' (Dumfriesshire Dairy Co) in West Maitland Street for milk and, I think, Scott Lyons for bread (or was there a bakers in Morrison Street?) I was to get 'a well-done wheaten loaf'. I rehearsed it so many times before arriving at the shop."

Sweets

"If I had 3d to spend, I would usually dally outside the sweet shop just along from the 'Dummy' gorging my eyes on the wonderful array of loose sweets they kept in little glass bowls in the window. I don’t recall ever going into that shop as my 3d wasn’t up to it.  Instead, it was round to Jenny Halliday’s shop, I think in Grove Street. The sweets had to be very carefully picked with a mixture of nice tasty and long-lasting."

Return Home

"After what felt like a long, calm, relaxing day at my grannie’s house I would set off home – often walking all the way to Gracemount, sometimes doing that thing where I would run full pelt for a couple of streets, then walk again, getting my breath back. It was a long walk but I was usually in a happy mood – and it saved me 3d."

Grannie

"Grannie moved from 18A Atholl Crescent in 1972 and passed away in 1993 at the age of 98The whole family misses her.

A clear thinking cousin had the lovely idea of placing a bench in her memory in the gardens at Atholl Crescent, just across from the basement flat at 18A. It sits there proudly today – a pleasant spot where we can still visit Grannie Hardie in Atholl Crescent."

Alan Fentiman, Bournemouth, Dorset, England:  July 5, 2008

Atholl Crescent Gardens

Here s a photo of Alan Fentiman, aged about 4 or 5, taken with his Uncle Alex Hardie in Atholl Crescent Gardens, close to his grandmother's house:

1959/60

    Alan Fentiman and his uncle Alex Hardie in Atholl Crescent Gardens, 1959/60 ©

 

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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

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