"Florence Smith is quite right. There
was a place at the top, between Yardleyís
the newsagent and the ice factory, there ws
a wig maker. I
think it was on the upper floor of the building. I donít know
whether the entrance to it was in Canon Street or in Eyre Place."
Motor Cycle Shop
"Along from the above newsagent, going
towards Rodney Street, there was a small row of about four shops on the
left, including the Motor Cycle shop
belonging to the Shaw Brothers who live in No 10 Heriothill Terrace.
I canít remember the names of the other
shops in that row, but I vaguely remember a small
them, at the entrance to the Scotland Street rail yard, was a
Tenements, Shops and Pubs
"There used to be 3 or 4 tenements beside
the motor cycle shop,
but most have now been demolished,
leaving only one, next to The Old Coach Inn
owned by John Twist. Commonly known as Twissies.
Proceeding along from there, past the Rodney
Street Lane, on the right hand side, was a
radio shop where we
used to get our accumulators charged for our radios.
On the opposite corner to that was Heriot
House, now the Navy Club,
and on the other side was a pub called The
Near 'The Ritz' Cinema
"Rodney Street, where Canonmills Primary
school was situated, it was all shops with tenements above. The only
exceptions being the Snooker Hall, the Ritz Cinema and St Maryís church
The entrance to
Zacarehelliís Wafer Factory
was between the cinema and the church hall.
With the exception of the St Cuthbertís
bakery, grocers and butchers, all the shops were privately owned. "
remember that until 1952/53 we had rationing still so you had to have
your ration books to get anything. As a child, 2oz of sweets a
week wasnít very much, but we didnít know any better and still had a
I can still remember my Motherís Co-op
Borders, Scotland: 22 August 2016