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Granton House

The Night of the Fire

1 January 1954

Granton House

Granton House was a  24-room three-storey mansion  situated  to the west of Gypsy Brae at Granton. 

The house was built in 1807 and demolished following a fire in the early hours of January 1, 1954.

Memories of the Fire

Thank you to Thelma Ramsdell, Nebraska USA, for sending me her memories, below.  Thelma was in Granton House when the fire broke out. 

Thelma wrote:

My Home

 Juniper Green

I was born and brought up in Juniper Green.  That was the best place to bring up children. As a  family we left when I was 16 years old.  I only have fond memories of growing up there.

I try to make a point of visiting Juniper Green whenever I am home

Baby Sitting

I was baby sitting for my twin nieces on the night of the fire, New Year's Eve.  My Aunt and Uncle  had gone out for the evening.  I was 15 years old at the time. 

The blaze was seen all over Edinburgh  -  by the party goers on Princes Street, even.

I have been thinking of who was living there at that time who would  be alive to day -  perhaps only the children, and they would possibly be too young to remember. There was a baby born that night, the mother went into labour as we were walking up Gypsy Brae.

Fire!

I woke to choking smoke. I left my 5 year old  nieces in the bedroom so they would not catch cold, then went to every floor to waken the residents.  Most had been partying and did not want to get out of their warm beds.

I then ran up two flights of stairs to put something warm on the twins. My face was on a few papers that morning but it was nice to think no-one was hurt.

One of the Survivors

One of the residents who lived in a basement flat came through the smoke carrying her mattress and saying:

"The Lord says:  'Pick up your bed and walk'."

House destroyed by the Fire

Granton  house was a lovely building and was mostly made of wood and was set in beautiful grounds.  To see it burnt to the ground was so sad.  It burnt very quickly.

The only wall remaining was an outside wall that had been my Aunt and Uncle's flat. It had a picture of the Sacred Heart Of Jesus and it never burned.!!!

Taken to Craiglockhart Poor House

We had to meet at a specific place and get on buses to take us to the Poor House at Craiglockhart. We got a hot meal and it was warm there.

Everyone was given warm clothes and a bed for the night except me because I had a home to go to.

My Journey Home

I asked for money for the S.M.T bus to go home to Juniper. They could not give me money so I had to go around and ask these poor unfortunates who had just lost everything they owned, if anyone had bus money.

That devastated me more than anything and I cried all the way to the bus stop.

 

 

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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