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Recollections

Beaverbank

1940s

Beaverbank  Motors

The Beaverbank area of Edinburgh is situated beside the Water of Leith, about a mile to the north-east of Princes Street.

Thank you to Matt Rooney, New Cumnock. Ayrshire, Scotland, for the recollections below of industries in the Beaverbank area, including   Duncan's Chocolate Factory and Beaverbank Motors.

Matt
Aged 28, 1961

    Matt Rooney, aged 28,  with his landlady's dog

Matt wrote:

Beaverbank Motors

"My time at Beaverbank Motors was weird at times, as I learned more about hunting the shops for cigarettes than learning to be a Mechanic, and I used to be sent on little errands, like the Glass Hammer, Tartan Paint and best of all The LONG STAND, where I was missing for almost 2 Hours.

What The Mechanics didn't know was that I'd been through all this with Duncans, so I played them at their own game.

I went to visit all my old pals at Duncans and a lass called Margaret who worked in the Tyresoles Office  -  and being pally with the men and lads in Lambs Cooperage, near the garage, I got them to make me a Long Stand and had the cheek to get the Mechanics to give me a hand to carry it.

I had worked out how long it had to be so that it would fit between the work benches at the head of the Garage near to the pot bellied stove which had to heat the whole garage -  and Peter if You've been to the Wee Foundry down Beaverhall Place that's where the Garage used to be."

Foundry

Yes, I know the  foundry.  Please click on the picture below to see some photos of it from the 1990s,

Edinburgh at Work  -  Laing's Foundry at Powderhall , Edinburgh

-  Peter Stubbs

"The garage was jointly owned by two cousins. One was a Turner to trade and the other was the Foreman Mechanic.  Unfortunately, I cannot recall their names.

The Boss was very friendly with William Merrilees of Police fame, and 2 Local contractors, father and son, their initials were A.R and J.R, possibly  Carmichael.

There were others in their Group.  I'm not at all sure who, but I do Know they would gamble at the Drop of a Hat."

"The boss of Beaverbank Motors was an entrepreneur.  I cannot remember his name, but he was always buying  what we thought were very odd purchases.

-  Around 1948 he bought 5 Battery Carriers.  They were similar to Bren Gun Carriers, and were used by the Tank Regiments to carry their spare batteries.  The mechanics and the two apprentices took out  the engines, Ford V-8's, which were dismantled and worked on until they were ready to be sold.  The boss then sold the remainder as scrap and made a profit on that.

-  Another time, he bought 6 Austin Army Lorries.   They were then converted by a coach builder and the engines were checked over by the mechanics and then painted and sold.

 The Head Mechanic was Mr, Michie.  The next one was Walter, a mechanic in the R.E.M.E. during the war. The Boss had a Gentleman Accountant / Secretary who had Played Football for Hibernian when he was younger."

Matt Rooney, ( now aged 73)  August 2005

 

More from Matt Rooney.

Other jobs - including Duncan's Chocolate Factory

Verse and Rhyme

 

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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