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City Hospital

and

Deaconess Hospital

and

other hospitals

 

Recollections

1.

Bryan Gourlay

Biggar,  Lanarkshire, Scotland

Thank you to Bryan Gourlay who wrote:

My stay in the City Hospital

"I wish I could say your photos of what was the City Hospital brought back memories. But, although I spent six weeks in there as a patient, I can’t remember a thing.

Phthisis Ward at the City Hospital ©      City Hospital Wards  -   now converted to housing ©

I was taken in, aged about 18 months, with diphtheria and put in isolation. Apparently, although my family weren’t allowed in to visit, the nurses used to take me to out to one of the upstairs balconies so they could see and wave to me.

Return Home

I’m told that the most memorable outcome was that I came back home with the ability to curse and swear like a trooper – something the older kids in the ward got blamed for.

Bryan Gourlay, Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland:  January 11, 2010

 

Recollections

2.

Eileen Cameron

Derby, Derbyshire, England

Thank you to Eileen Cameron for sending me a few photos of the City Hospital, Edinburgh, where she worked from 1948 to 1952.

Eileen wrote:

My stay in the City Hospital

"Here are a few photos taken at The City Hospital, Edinburgh, around the time that I was a nurse there (1948-52).

-  I took Photos 1 and 2 below with my wee box camera.

-  Photos 3 and 4 below were taken by another nurse, a friend who was Swiss.  She had a superior camera.  I can't remember her name."

Photo 1

Nurse Barbara in Uniform

The Nurses' Home is in the background

City Hospital Nurse Barbara and Nurses' Home  -  photo taken around 1948-52
©  Eileen Cameron, Derby, Derbyshire, England

Photo 2

TB Patient

The patient is in his bed on the ward balcony at the City Hospital.
He is wearing on his head his occupational therapy lampshade.

TB Patient at the City Hospital  -  photo taken around 1948-52

©  Eileen Cameron, Derby, Derbyshire, England

Photo 3

City Hospital view to the Pentland Hills

When this photo was taken, there were no buildings between the City Hospital and the Pentland Hills
 except a few prefabs (in the picture) and the Oxgangs estate (out of picture on the right).

   View from the City Hospital to the Pentland Hills and Prefab Houses  -  photo taken around 1948-52

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Eileen Cameron, Derby, Derbyshire, England and her nurse friend from Switzerland

Photo 4

The Hospital Buildings

   The City Hospital Buildings  -  photo taken around 1948-52

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Eileen Cameron, Derby, Derbyshire, England and her nurse friend from Switzerland

Eileen Cameron, Derby, Derbyshire, England:   2 + 4 January, 2016

  

Recollections

2.

Reply

1.

Wilma Shaw

Thank you to Wilma Shaw who saw the comments about Photo 3 in Recollections 2 above and sent some further comments about it.

Here is the photo.

City Hospital view to the Pentland Hills

When this photo was taken, there were no buildings between the City Hospital and the Pentland Hills
 except a few prefabs (in the picture) and the Oxgangs estate (out of picture on the right).

View from the City Hospital to the Pentland Hills and Prefab Houses  -  photo taken around 1948-52

©  Reproduced with acknowledgement to Eileen Cameron, Derby, Derbyshire, England and her nurse friend from Switzerland

Wilma wrote:

The Oxgangs Estate

"Oxgangs estates were not built at the time this photo was taken.

- The houses to right are Colinton Mains housing group, possibly built by Gumley.

- The fields beyond the prefabs became Oxgangs.  The 'Fifty Housing Association' self build scheme was the first scheme.

-  This scheme was built to the right of the road seen leading through the fields in the centre to the wood near the top.

Home owners started moving in during 1953, as and when those houses were completed.

- The wood is the 'Cockit Hat'. Beyond it, you catch a glimpse of the 'T Wood' up from Swanston.

The older properties on Oxgangs Road are leading the eye out of the picture at top left.

The wooded area in the centre is where today's Police Station is, but when this photo was it was a farm that used to be known to Robert Louis Stevenson.

- The hedge-line along the foreground of the photo is bordering the present day burn.

Wilma Shaw:  30 January, 2016

  

Recollections

3.

George Renton

Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Thank you to George Renton for sending me:

-  his memories of Edinburgh hospitals (below)

-  his thanks to contributors to the EdinPhoto web site.

-  his views on Edinburgh Recollections (below)

-  comments about his family living in Edinburgh

-  his memories of growing up in Portobello, before emigrating to Canada.

George wrote:

Accident

"I recall when I was about 8 years old, give or take, through no fault but my own misadventure, I had one of my big toes partially severed by a siver.
(It
would be called a storm sewer grate, around these parts, and is found in the street gutters to strain out debris.  I'm sure you know what I'm on about!)"

Hospital

"Anyway, I spent some time in hospital, but it seems to me, that it was a low lying structure perhaps one or two floors, possibly an addition, perhaps an annex.

I remember the Ward Room where there where other young boys and girls, and the view from the window.  It was right at the foot of the hills  -  much closer than the view from the City Hospital.

For some reason, I think the hospital was close to Holyrood Palace, or backed onto Arthur's Seat.  Do you have any thoughts on where that would have been?**  I as born at Elsie Inglis ( spell ) maternity hospital in 1953. Now a home for the aged as I recall."

** George:  The only hospital that I can think of that might match your description is the hospital that you mention;  Elsie Inglis Memorial Maternity Hospital.    -  Peter Stubbs

Thank You to Contributors

"In closing Peter, let me say once again how thankful I am for the effort you put into keeping the EdinPhoto web site alive. Over the years, it has been a door through the mist of time to my earliest and fondest memories.

I'd also like to thank the wonderful people who are scattered to the four corners of the earth who, though much older than I, inspire me with their recollection of one of the world's most beautiful cities.  If only it was warmer!  (Lol)

But, as I always said to my daughters when they where young, "Adversity builds character."  That's my family motto, and your contributors certainly have been tempered by that too."

Our Recollections

"As I have gotten older - and, debatably, perhaps wiser - I realize that everyone has a story. Thank you for being the enabler.

Even if no-one recalls our recollections, it's warming to have the opportunity to share them.  No-one should be denied there past.  That's what makes us relevant.

All the names on your contributors list aren't just names, they are the neighbours. The late Jessie Newland lived in Revelstoke B.C.

I never knew her, but I know she was one of the first female police officers in Edinburgh.  As I pass that town on my way to Vancouver. I know that Jessie lived there, thanks to you.

Writing this has made me home sick, and I know there is only one cure for that."

George Renton II, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada:   George formerly lived in Joppa, Edinburgh He is now  long haul lorry driver in Canada. Today, he is in Vancouver.        6 February 2016

 

Recollections

3.

Reply

1.

Mike Melrose

Greenbank, Edinburgh

Thank you to Michael Melrose who replied;

Deaconess Hospital

"The Deaconess Hospital at the top of Pleasance, St Leonards, was a children’s hospital.

The Deaconess had wards that looked onto Arthur's Seat – could this be a possible for GeorgeI spent many a time there being fixed up after various mishaps etc. when I was a child in that area!"

Michael Melrose, Greenbank, Edinburgh:  7 February 2016

Thank you

Thank you, Mike, for your 'Deaconess Hospital' suggestion.

In fact, I wondered if the 'Deaconess Hospital' might have been the hospital that George remembered, but I dismissed that idea because it did not seem to fit in with George's description of the hospital as being a 'low lying structure'.

However, I was not aware that The Deaconess had been a children's hospital, and that certainly seems to be relevant..

I've now sent an email to George, to let him know about your suggestion.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  7 February 2016

 

Recollections

3.

Reply

2.

Jim Robertson

Berlin, Germany

Thank you toJim Robertson who replied;

Deaconess Hospital

"I lived about 100 meters from the Deaconess Hospital, which was situated at the top of Brown Street next to the church on the Pleasance.

It was indeed a Children's Hospital, or it had a Children's Ward.  I spent many a weekend in there with injuries received from events in Holyrood Park, which was our playground. That was in the 1940s.

I have great memories of that time!"

Jim Robertson, Berlin, Germany:  9 February 2016

 

Recollections

3.

Reply

3.

Mike Melrose

Greenbank, Edinburgh

Mike Melrose who replied:

Deaconess Hospital

"The Deaconess was the kids' first port of call for that area.  There was also the Sick Kids' Hospital up at Sciennes.

Yes, the Deaconess was where wewent to as a child to get our tonsils out  -  lots of ice cream to cool the pain!

We went there as Out Patients to get their plaster casts fitted when we broke our arms, legs or ankles, r to be stitched up when we  had cuts and bruises.

My Dad was in the Deaconess for Scarlet Fever and Mumps.

My recollection is that Elsie Inglis was a maternity hospital only.  Can any contributors clarify that?

Childhood - happy days!"

Mike Melrose, Greenbank, Edinburgh:  8 February, 2016

 

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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

  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