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Crewe Toll

North Edinburgh

 

Recollections

1.

Rab Lettice
Leith, Edinburgh

Church

Shops

2.

Rab Lettice
Leith, Edinburgh

Ice Cream Vans

3.

Rab Lettice
Leith, Edinburgh

Home

Ice Cream Vans

4.

Winnie Liddell (née Thomson)
Canada

Shops

5.

Rab Lettice
Leith, Edinburgh

Barrow

Do You Remember

6.

Yvonne Cain
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Rev Ian Reid

7.

Winnie Liddell (née Thomson)
Canada

Shops

Old Kirk

Homes

8.

Dorothy Finlay
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Ladies' Basketball

9.

Dorothy Finlay
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Ladies' Basketball

10.

Brian Alexander
Prestonfield Edinburgh

Mobile Shop

11.

Findlay Smith

Home and School

Ironmonger

Friends

12.

Dorothy Finlay
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

TV at Crewe Road North

13.

Graeme Charles Munro
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Under the Railway Bridges

14.

Hugh Mcleod (aka. Shuggy)
Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Myself

    -  Ferry Road Drive

My Old Pals

    -  Ferry Road Place

15.

Dave Adair
Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Crewe Road Gardens

    -  No. 8

15.

David Ross
Granton, Edinburgh

Crewe Toll and Pennywell

    -  Place Names

 

Recollections

1.

Rab Lettice

Leith, Edinburgh

Thank you to Rab Lettice who wrote:

Church

"There used to be a church at Crewe Toll.  It was knocked down and rebuilt at Pennywell Road.  The Minister there was Rev Reid.  He looked like Hitler, and had the moustache too.  I was told that he had shellshock.

All the kids at Pennywell Primary School went to the church when King George VI died in 1952.  Then in 1953, we all got Coronation Mugs.  I still have mine."

Shops

"At the bus stop at Crewe Toll, Mr Thomson sold newspapers and fresh rolls from his kiosk.  His son, Jackie had a fruit shop in Ferry Road Drive in the 1950s.  Before he had it, it was a butcher's shop."

Rab Lettice, Leith, Edinburgh:  March 22, 2011

Recollections

2.

Rab Lettice

Leith, Edinburgh

Thank you to Rab Lettice who wrote:

Ice Cream Vans

"The ice cream vans that were about in our area, West Pilton, Crewe and Muirhouse sold Polar Ices.  The vans were owned by the Dobbie brothers who had a factory in Stockbridge.

Here is a photo of Dougie Walker, aged 14, leaning out of the ice cream van:

©

Once, another company tried to muscle in with their Capaldi van, but when that van turned up, there were two Polar Ices vans beside it.  It got chased out of the area."

Rab Lettice, Leith, Edinburgh:  March 23, 2011

 

Recollections

3.

Rab Lettice

Leith, Edinburgh

Rab Lettice added:

Home

"We lived at 8 West Pilton Grove until 1974 when we bought a flat in Leith for £1,700."

Ice Cream Van

"Here is a photo that I took of Jimmy Dobbie's 'Polar Ices' ice cream van in West Pilton Grove in the late-1950s.  Jimmy gave us all a cone if I took a few photos of his van."

Group in front of an ice cream van in West Pilton Grove ©

 

Rab Lettice, Leith, Edinburgh:  March 28+29, 2011

 

Recollections

4.

Winnie Liddell (née Thomson)

Canada

Winnie Liddell (née Thomson) replied to Rab Lettice's memories of the shops at Crewe Toll in Recollections 1 above.

Shops

"I am Jackie Thomson's daughter.  I probably served you in my Dad's kiosk at Crewe Toll."

Winnie Liddell (née Thomson):  January 19, 2012

Recollections

5.

Rab Lettice

Leith, Edinburgh

Rab Lettice replied:

Barrow

"Yes, Winnie Thomson's father also went round the streets afterwards with a barrow selling rolls etc.

Do You Remember?

"The Pennywell School has sadly gone, but does anyone remember the shows at the top of Pennywell Road?   The school that was there has moved and the spare ground looks like it looked in the 1950s.  The part where I played was called 'The Corn Field'.

Does anyone remember the RAF huts over the corn field?  When we were kids, we could see search lights, but they are gone now."

Rab Lettice, Leith, Edinburgh:  January 19, 2012

Recollections

6.

Yvonne Cain

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Thank you to Yvonne Cain for responding to Rab Lettice's comments in Recollections 1 above.

Rev Ian Reid

"I was christened by a  minister, Ian Reid, on the 19 July 1950.  I don't remember what he looked like.

I also have a postcard  from the Old Kirk of Edinburgh  with 'Birthday Greetings from your Parish Church'.

We lived at 6 West Pilton Broadway.  I can remember  where the church was.  It was on the main road - could it have Pennywell Drive?

I can remember the minister coming around.  We had a budgie that swore only one word, and only at him.  It had to be covered up as my mum was embarrassed at that."

Yvonne Cain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia:  January 21, 2012

 

Recollections

7.

Winnie Liddell (née Thomson)

Canada

Winnie replied to Rab's comments in Recollections 5 above:

Shops

"Rab is close. After the kiosk, before the store, was a wee dot truck, a motorbike vehicle that did the job."

Old Kirk

"I remember The Old Kirk with the minister Mr Reid."

Homes

"Like Rab,  I also lived in West Pilton Grove.  Then I moved to West Pilton ViewIsn't it amazing after all these these years technology brings us this close amazing, cheers."

Winnie Liddell (née Thomson):  January 20, 2012

 

Recollections

8.

Dorothy Finlay (née Cossar)

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Thank you to Dorothy Finlay (née Cossar) who wrote:

Ladies' Basketball

"When I lived at Crewe Road West in the 1950s, there was an Army Sergeant who started the Shooting Stars ladies' basketball team.

I was one off the first to join.  We trained at some facility in the Pleasance.  Mary Davis played for Scotland and also a team called Auld Reekie.  Do they still exist? *
 
*
I think the answer is 'No'..  - Peter Stubbs.

The other players were Cathie Duncan and Betty Desousa.  They came from around the Boswall area."

Dorothy Finlay (née Cossar), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook:  February 20, 2012

 

Recollections

9.

Dorothy Finlay (née Cossar)

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Following her comments in 'Recollections 8' above, Dorothy posted this message in the EdinPhoto guestbook:

Ladies' Basketball

"Do you remember me asking about a ladies basketball team called Auld Reekie?  Well, while reading the Evening News, I came up with the obituary of Cathie Preston, née Duncan, who played for Shooting Stars, Auld Reekie and Zephyrs' ladies basketball teams.

Like me, she was a founding member and was in the first international team which went to Prague in 1956.  I was 16 and trained with the team, with Mary Davis, Betty de Sousa and Anna Herman.

Cathie married the Hibs player, Tommy Preston, and like me in her later years was a bowls champ.  I was a Queensland State Champion in 2004.  She lived in the Wardie area.

If anyone remembers the team I'd love to hear from them.

Thank you."

Dorothy Finlay (née Cossar), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook:  April 8, 2012

 

 Recollections

10.

Brian Alexander

Prestonfield, Edinburgh

Thank you to Brian Alexander who read Alistair Rankine's comments about mobile shops in the streets at Colinton, and added:

Mobile Shops

"Alistair Rankine's comments on mobile shops and Martin's Bakery certainly brought back memories of the late-1950s and early-1960s.  I lived in Telford Drive at that time.

- One of the mobile shops was a converted Bedford OB single deck coach, known as 'Johnny's'.  He sold almost everything!

- We also had the SCWS bread van and a fruiter but I can't remember the name of the company.

During school holiday, we kids would be sent to the vans with the shopping list."

Brian Alexander, Prestonfield, Edinburgh:  July 17, 2012

 

Recollections

11

Findlay Smith

Thank you to Findlay Smith for posting a reply to Dorothy Finlay's message (West End, Recollections 2 above) in the EdinPhoto Guestbook.

Findlay wrote:

Home and School

"Dear Dorothy:  I remember you from the old days in the 1940s.  I was brought up at 204 Crewe Road North, opposite Crewe Path.  I had a brother called Andrew.  I was at Ainslie Park School from 1951 to 1954.  I notice from your previous comments that you also used to live in the Crewe area."

Ironmonger

"I used to work after school hours for Mr Irvine the ironmonger in Crewe Road North, delivering wireless batteries etc. on an old fashioned bike with a huge holding bay on the front."

Friends

"My good friend was Billy Stevenson.  He married Eleanor Irvine who I also knew very well.  We were the same age.  Sadly, Eleanor died at an early age."

Findlay Smith:  Reply to Dorothy Finlay's Message of September 9, 2012
posted in
EdinPhoto Guestbook on October 5, 2012

 

Recollections

12.

Dorothy Finlay (née Cossar)

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Dorothy Findlay has posted a reply to Findlay Smith (Recollections 11 above).

After reading that Findlay used to live at Crewe Road North, Dorothy wrote:

TV at Crewe Road North

"Findlay:

I remember a couple who lived at the corner of Crewe Road North and Crewe Path.  Their name was Dalziel.  It was in their house that I first saw TV.

'Bill & Ben, The Flowerpot Men'

We sat with the curtains closed.  It was magic.

I guess there have been many changes in the Crewe area."

Dorothy Finlay (née Cossar), Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook:  October 12, 2012

 

Recollections

13.

Graeme Charles Munro

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Thank you to Graeme Munro who wrote:

Under the Railway Bridges

"I've just been reading about the White Warden in the 'Ghosts' paragraph on this Royston page.  We had one too, at Crewe Toll.  He was not a nice man!

He used to stand under the bridges on Ferry Road at Crewe Toll in the war years.   He wore a white coat and grabbed ladies as they passed under the bridges when it was dark.

Some men got together and went along and took him to task in the end."

Graeme Charles Munro, South Australia, Australia:  March 29, 2013

 

Recollections

14

Hugh Mcleod (aka. Shuggy)

Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England

Hugh Mcleod wrote in the EdinPhoto guestbook:

Myself

Ferry Road Drive

"I lived in 37 Ferry Road Drive from 1945 until late-1950s.  I'd  love to here from anyone who remembers me.

I went to Ainslie Park school.

I had two brothers, Charles and Marcus (both deceased)

I also had 4 sisters, Doreen (deceased), Margaret, Evelyn and Lily."

My Old Pals

Ferry Road Place

"I'd love to find my two pals, namely:

-  Billy Hamilton who lived in Ferry Road Place in 1950.

-  Eddie Traynor.   I think he also lived in Ferry Road Place.

I'd be very happy if anyone could put me in touch with either of them."

Hugh McLeod, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England:
Posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook, 4 December 2013 (2 messages)

Unfortunately, I don't know the email address for Hugh McLeod, so if you'd like to send a reply to him, please post it as a reply to one of the two messages that he posted in the EdinPhoto Guestbook on 4 December 2013.

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  9 December 2013

 

Recollections

15

Dave Adair

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Dave Adair wrote in the EdinPhoto guestbook:

Question

8 Crewe Road Gardens

"Hi.  I'd like to know if 8 Crewe Road Gardens is still there.

The reason I'd like to know is that my late father, John Adair, lived there in 1940 before joining the RAF I have only found this out because of his service records."

Dave Adair, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England:
Message posted in EdinPhoto Guestbook, March 5, 2014

Reply

Yes.  I visited Crewe Road Gardens last week and found that No. 8 is still there.  I took a photo of it., and photos of other houses in the street.

Please click on the thumbnail image of it below to see the photos:

Crewe Road Gardens  -  No.8  -  March 2014 ©

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  15 March 2014

 

Recollections

16.

David Ross

Granton, Edinburgh

Thank you to David Ross who wrote

Crewe Toll and Pennywell

"Crew Toll was a place where drovers from Leith Docks had to bring their cattle, horses and other animals to get them up North.  It was a good road for them, but once they reached Crewe Toll, they had to pay a toll for each head of animals for the use of the road.

 Then they had to get water for their animals before heading north.  That was done at Penny Well, the last watering hole from the Docks until they got them much further north.  They  paid a penny per head with a discount for large numbers of animals.  The name 'Penny for the Well' soon got changed to Pennywell.

Later, the railways started moving cattle etc to the North."

David Ross, Granton, Edinburgh:  15 November 2015

Recollections

Pilton and Crewe Toll

Edinburgh

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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

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