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Recollections

East William Street

East Thomas Street and neighbouring East William Street, both now demolished, were to the west of Easter Road and to the north of London Road.

Please scroll down this page, or click on one of the links below.

1.

Margaret Hawker

Livingston, West Lothian

Neighbours

Band of Hope

Back Greens

At Home

-  Happy Time

2.

Irene Day
(
née Sharrock)

Wigan, Lancashire, England

-  Neighbours

3.

Frances Brown
(
née Barnum)

New Bern, North Carolina, USA

3+4 East William Street

Friends

School

Guising

Return to Edinburgh

4.

Christine Anderson
(
née Keith)

2 East William Street

3 East William Street

4 East William Street

6 East William Street

-  Backgreen Concerts

-  Abbeyhill Baptist Church

-  The Streets

-  School

5.

Kim Traynor

Haymarket, Edinburgh

Baptisms

-  Backgreen Concerts

6.

Gary Millar

Liverpool, Lancashire, England

The Millar Family

7.

Jim Menzies
Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, Scotland

The Miller Family

Recollections

1.

Margaret Hawker

Livingston, West Lothian

Margaret wrote:

Neighbours

"I lived at 4 East William Street with my sister Rae.

- On the top flat were Doris Marion & Jimmy the Macdonald.

- Opposite our door were Billy, Norman and Evelyn Clark.

- On the ground floor lived the Norma. Anne & Robert Smith.

Other people in the street were the Sands and the Barnums.  We had to share the outside loo with the Gibsons."

Band of Hope

"We all used to go the the Band of Hope on a Friday.  Sometimes we had slide shows and we had to recite the pledge which I can still remember to this day."

Back Greens

"There was a back green and we used to walk along the walls. I think, at one time there was front gardens but all the railings had been taken away to help the war effort and only the stumps remained."

At Home

"We used to make toast using a fork held up against the fire and my dad had a last where he used to sole & heel our shoes."

Happy Time

"I also remember Learmonths, the shop at the corner. I remember living in East William Street as a very happy time. Although we had nothing, everyone was in the same boat."

Margaret Hawker, Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland:  March 13, 2008

 

Recollections

2.

Irene Day (née Sharrock)

Wigan, Lancashire, England

Thank you to Irene Day who wrote

Neighbours

"Margaret Hawker (above) mentions some neighbours who lived at 4 East William Street.

Two of the people she mentions  Doris Macdonald and Marian Macdonald are on this Leith Walk school reunion photograph"

Leith Walk Primary School - 50th Anniversary Reunion  -  2007 ©

Irene Day, Wigan, Lancashire, England:  March 15, 2008

 

Recollections

3.

Frances Brown (née Barnum)

New Bern, North Carolina, USA

Thank you to Frances Brown who wrote

3 and 4 East William Street

"I'm Frances Barnum (Brown), one of the Barnums mentioned above by Margaret Hawker.  I lived in 3 East William Street, right across from Abbeyhill Baptist Church.  Margaret Hawkers lived at No.4

Friends

I remember all of the names that Margaret mentions, and also:

Mary and Helen Keighren.

-  Jean Clark.

-  my dearest friend, Irene Archibald (now deceased).

-  Christine Keith, now Anderson, a childhood friend.

-  Dale and John Sands

-  the Smiths, Clarks, McDonalds, etc.

My sister is Marie.  She lives in Drylaw.

School

These were good old days when we were kids.  Especially on late summer nights when we could all get out to play.  Most of us went to Leith Walk school, so we knew each other well. 

I also went to Band of Hope on Friday night.  We had a great time.

Guising

I remember the guising, going out dressed up on Guy Fawkes' NIght.  The saying we used to say was:

'Please help the guisers, and we'll sing you a Bonnie wee song.'

They would give us a penny, a fruit or a sweetie.

Return  to Edinburgh

We visited Edinburgh every year from 2000 to 2005 and are looking to come again very soon.  It would be great to see some of the folk mentioned on the site."

Frances Brown (née Barnum), New Bern, North Carolina, USA:  March 20, 2008

If you would like to contact Frances, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to her.

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  March 2008

 

Recollections

4.

Christine Anderson (née Keith)

Duddingston, Edinburgh

Thank you to Christine Anderson for sending me the message below. Christine  seems to have a very good memory of her neighbours in East William Street.

Christine wrote:

2 East William Street

"I stayed at 2 East William Street In our stair there lived:

-  John and Mary Ferrier

-  Charlie, Mary, Sonny and Carol Munro

Terry and Elizabeth Philston

-   Mrs Tait

-   Amy Martin

-  Peter and Irene Menzies

-  Alan  and Charlotte Kinnaird"

3 East William Street

"At stair No 3, there lived:

Mrs Black

Jean, Francis and Marie Barnum

-  Sandra Thomson(

-  Norma and David.McQueens

Nan Grant

-  George and Moira Williamson"

4 East William Street

"At stair No 4, there lived:

-  Norma, Robert and Ann Smith

Mrs Gordon

-  Margaret and Rae McCauley

-  Evelyn and Norman Clark

-  Doris, Marion and Jimmy McDonald"

6 East William Street

"At stair No 6, there lived:

-  Dale and John Sands

-  The Alcorns"

Backgreen Concerts

"We played in the street and held concerts in the backgreen Jacky Dennis who lived round the corner in Elgin Terrace would sing and Maisie Stewart from East Thomas Street would help us put it together !!   Our backgreen backed on to hers."

Abbeyhill Baptist Church

"At Abbeyhill Baptist Church there were the Brownies and Girl Guides and we went to the Band Of Hope on certain Sundays. We loved to go in to  watch the Baptisms.

The Streets

"I remember:

-  London Road Gardens.  We gathered conkers and slid down on tin trays!

- The fishwife with her creel, selling buckies / mussels outside Middleton's Pub in Easter Road

-  The Cooperative (Store) where you would take your ration book and get it stamped

 Eastway Picture House ("the fleapit "!!)

-  The Rag Store.  Later on, it became the Hibs Club.

-  Going to to 'Woolies' at the fit o' the walk, just to smell 'Evening in Paris' and 'California Poppy'.

Schools

"I also have memories of East Thomas Street and Elgin Terrace. I attended Leith Walk Primary School, then then went on to Norton Park Secondary School."

Leith Walk Primary School - 50th Anniversary Reunion  -  2007 ©

"This photograph of a Leith Walk school reunion, held in 2007. It includes Doris and Marion McDonald from 4 East William Street and myself."

Christine Anderson (née Keith), Duddingston, Edinburgh:  September 8, 2008

 

   Recollections

5.

Kim Traynor

Haymarket, Edinburgh

Thank you to Kim Traynor who read Christine Anderson's comments, and replied:

Baptisms

"I don't remember full-immersion baptisms at the Baptists.  If I’d known such free entertainment was on offer, I’d have been round like a shot!

Backgreen Concerts

"I, too, remember the backgreen concerts and, in particular, Jacky Dennis performing.  He was an overnight sensation after appearing on 'The 6.5 Special', belting out a pop song while swirling around in his kilt - local boy made good. He sank without trace.

He is, as far as I know, still alive. The Aunt who left me the Spinks and the Cochrane photographs received two visits a week from him a few years ago when he happened to be her home-carer!   How odd is that?"

Kim Traynor, Haymarket, Edinburgh:  September 20, 2009

 

   Recollections

6.

Gary Millar

Thank you to Kim Traynor who read Christine Anderson's comments, and replied:

The Millar Family

"My family lived in East William Street from I think 1959 to 1963.  I lived with:

my dad, Gordon Millar

my mum, Madge

my grandad, Archie (Archibald Riva McMillan) and

my brother Norman.

I was four when we left to go and live in Burdiehouse.  I think we lived at number 4 East William Street.  We shared an outside loo. 

People may remember my mum as she gave birth to Leslie who was born disabled (Thalidomide).  He had to stay in hospital when born in 1962.

Gary Millar:  October 8, 2009

The Millar Family

If you remember the Millar family and would like to contact Gary, please email me, then I will give you his contact details. Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  October 9, 2009

   Recollections

7.

Jim Menzies

Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, Scotland

Thank you to Jim Menzies who remembers the Miller family above.

Jim wrote:

The Millar Family

"I was James Munro, and lived in 6 East William Street with:

-  my Mum and Dad (Margaret and David)

-  my brothers (David and Christopher) and sister (Mary).

About 1966, we all moved to West Pilton Gardens where my sister Helen was born.  My brothers and sister and I were all aged between about two and six when we moved.

In 1969/70, we moved to Gorgie Road.  I remember, about a couple of years later, Madge, Gordon, Gary, Norman and Leslie Miller moved into the same stair as us.

My name is now James Menzies.  I took my husband#s name when we got married in 2007.  I hope Gary remembers me."

Jim Menzies, Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, Scotland:  November 13, 2011

 

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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