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Recollections  -  Edinburgh Old Town

Chessel's Court

The back of the south  side of Chessel s Court, as seen from the back garden of No 6b  -  May 2006 ©

 

Recollections

1.

Kathleen O'Donnel

San Antonio, Texas, USA

-  Schools

-  Question:  Photo 1943-53

-  Question for Kathleen

2.

Tony Ivanov

Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland

-  Schools

3.

John Childs

Whakatane, New Zealand

-  1985-88

4.

John Childs

Whakatane, New Zealand

-  1.30am

-  History of the House

-  Ghosts

5.

Eileen Findlay

Gold River, California, USA

-  Mrs Lawson

6.

Eileen Findlay

Gold River, California, USA

-  Chessels Court Garden

-  Accident

7.

Tony Ivanov

Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland

-  Accident

 

Recollections

1.

Kathleen O'Donnell

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Thank you to Kathleen O'Donnell who wrote:

Schools

"I was raised in Chessel's Court, 240 Canongate and went to St. Ann's and St Pat's schools from 1948 to 1956, then St. Thomas' at Lauriston.

I've managed to see old friends from school:

Catherine Baker, from Arthur Street (best friend)

 Marlene Davis

 June Valente, now in New Zealand

 Jim DiMambro

James O'Day.

I'm still in touch with the girls from St Thomas's and meet when I go home.

I have a brother Danny O'Donnell born 1939 who went to St Mary's York Lane, then St. Pat's then St Anthony's"

Question

Photos of Chessel's Court

"Does anyone know where I can get an old photo of Chessel's Court,  1943-1953?  I lived in the tenement that is painted red.

The south and west sides of Chessel s Court  -  photographed May 2006 ©

Thanks again for the memories.

Kathleen O'Donnell, San Antonio, Texas, USA
Message posted in EdinPhoto guest book:  January 14, 2008

Messages for

Kathleen O'Donnell

San Antonio, Texas, USA

Your email Address?

Hi Kathleen.  I now know of two people who would like top get in touch with you again:

- Tony Ivanov, who lived at Chessel's Court, and wrote Recollections 2.

-  Pat Foy (née McGachie) who lived beside you at Chessel's Court, and last saw you a few years ago.

Unfortunately, the only message that I have from you came to me via the EdinPhoto guest book, so I don't know your email address.  So, please  email me, then  I'll pas on your email address to Tony and Pat.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  February 23, 2009

 

Recollections

2.

Tony Ivanov

Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to Tony who replied to Kathleen's comments above.

Tony wrote:

Schools

"Kathleen obviously lived at Chessel's Court during the period that I lived at No 8.  If my memory serves me right, I think the red building was No 6, Kathleen will correct me if I'm wrong.

Kathleen may remember an elderly lady living on the first floor of her building in the fifties by the name of Mrs Lawson. I used to run errands for Mrs Lawson, mainly to the local shops in the Canongate."

Tony Ivanov, Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland:  January 15, 2009

 

Recollections

3.

John Childs

(Haggis)

Whakatane, New Zealand

Thank you to John Childs who wrote of the time when he lived in Chessel's Court.  John wrote:

1985-88

"Chessel's Court is a great place to have lived.

-  I lived in the main building at Chessel's Court for just over 3 years, 1985-88.

-  I lived in the top house, 4/4 Chessel's Court .  My room looked over Salisbury Crags.

-  At the end of my time at Chessel's Court, I lived on the 2nd floor of the 'Red Building."

John Childs (Haggis), Whakatane, New Zealand:  August 5, 2010

  Recollections

4.

John Childs

(Haggis)

Whakatane, New Zealand

Thank you to John Childs who wrote:

1.30am

"One night, I was lying in my bed night when, at about 1.30am, I heard my landlady's dog growling and scratching at my door to get in.  At that same moment something or someone came through the wall beside my bed and started to climb over me.

I could feel it pushing down on the blankets as it climbed over me.  This went on for about three minutes, with the dog growling at the door all the time.  It was pitch darkI just froze and couldn't move.

As soon as it got to the other side of my bed and climbed off me, the dog stopped growling and went back to her bed.

I waited a few moments then got up, turned the light on and looked about out the room and out the window, but there was nothing to be found."

History of the House

"A short time later a gentleman from the floor below mentioned how things have changed at Chessel's Court.

I asked him what he meant and he said that my bathroom used to be where the kitchen was and the kitchen where the bathroom was, and that the door to my bedroom used to be at the end where my bed is now.  That gave me the answer as to why whoever it was  came through the wall where they did."

Ghosts

"People in the court  have said that there were ghosts about the place, but in all the years I lived there this was the only encounter I have had.  You'll have to take it from me that what I tell you is the truth I'm not into made up stories and stuff like that, just the facts."

John Childs (Haggis), Whakatane, New Zealand:  August 14, 2010

  Recollections

5.

Eileen Findlay

Gold River, California, USA

Thank you to Eileen Findlay who wrote:

Mrs Lawson

"Tony Ivanov mentions Mrs Lawson in his Recollections 2 above.

I have a very old picture of all the old ladies standing/sitting around the bench in Chessel's Court. Their names have been written above the photo, and a Mrs Lawson (elderly) is one of them.

I knew the Lawson's, who lived in a corner flat, above a close that took you down to St. Johns Street/Dumbiedykes.

My family, all of whom lived in Chessel's at the time knew them well. I was born in 1944 at 2 Chessel's Court, and moved to St. Mary's Street around 1959. I have gone on your site, but cannot see the email I sent you earlier."

Eileen Findlay, Gold River, California, USA:  November 18, 2013

  Recollections

6.

Eileen Findlay

Gold River, California, USA

Thank you to Eileen Findlay who wrote:

Chessel's Court Garden

"I remember the garden, surrounded by the wrought iron fence, in the main square of Chessel's.  It was a garden owned by a children's nursery that you accessed from the Canongate, just the next close down from Chessel's.
(That was NOT St Saviour's Child Garden Nursery)"

Accident

"My school chum, Tommy Logan, who lived in the flat above ours at 2 Chessel's Court, at the age of 7 or 8, was impaled on one of the spikes when he tried climbing over it one day, his foot slipped and the spike went into his throat, luckily missing his lung.

I remember we all had to hold him up until the ambulance came and got him off it. But he was never the same again. He left school at 15 and never worked a day in his life.

He lived with his mother until she died and literally became a recluse. Just another story in the life and times of the kids growing up in the Canongate."

Eileen Findlay, Gold River, California, USA:  December 27, 2014

 

Recollections

7.

Tony Ivanov

Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to Tony who replied to Kathleen's comments above.

Tony wrote:

Accident

"I’ve just read the post from Eileen Findlay regarding Tommy Logan and his unfortunate accident.

I was with Tommy when this accident happened as we were pals and I clearly remember it still today. He was climbing the railings surrounding the nursery gardens as a lot of us used to do. We were all youngsters at the time and were in a complete state of panic."

Tony Ivanov, Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland:  December 28, 2014

 

  Chessels Court

More Recollections

More recollections of Chessels Court can be found on these pages:

Canongate

Chessel's Court
South and West sides

 

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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