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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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Recollections

Greendykes

Greendykes lies about 3 miles to the SE
 of the center of Edinburgh.

1.

Lesley Conway
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

-  Prefab Housing - Photo

2.

Sandra Givan
Craigmillar, Edinburgh

-  Prefab Housing - Photo

3.

Bob Henderson
Burdiehouse, Edinburgh wrote

-  Burdiehouse

-  Greendykes

4.

Carol Dodds
Edinburgh

-  Prefab Housing

-  Sandy's Club

5.

Brian Edwards
Edinburgh

-  Prefab Housing

-  Sandy's Club

6.

Peter Hainey
Oregon, USA

-  Prefab Housing

-  Wee Woods and Big Woods

-  Schools

7.

John Wright
Edinburgh

-  Prefab Housing

-  Wee Woods and Big Woods

8.

Lyndsay (formerly Linda) Montgomery
Old Town, Edinburgh

Sandy's Club

9.

Irene Cordier
(née Heron)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

-  Prefabs

Wauchope Estate

-  Farmer's Fields

-  Not Much Money

10.

Irene McHale
(née McGinley)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Greendykes Crescent

11.

Stuart  OGSTON Edinburgh

Greendykes House

-  Games

-  Traders

12.

Margaret DOW
(
née PORTER)
East Lothian, Scotland

Local Shops

-  Gala

-  Traders

13.

Jimmy DICKSON
Easter Road, Edinburgh

Greendykes Terrace

-  Play

-  Schools

14.

Graeme MacKAY
Liberton, Edinburgh

Greendykes House

15.

Graeme MacKAY
Liberton, Edinburgh

Greendykes House

 

Recollections

1.

Lesley Conway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Thank you to Lesley Conway for sending this photograph taken outside one of the prefab houses at Greendykes:

Greendykes - 1957

    Outside a Greendykes Pre-fab  -  Around 1957 ©

 

Recollections

2.

Sandra Givan

Craigmillar, Edinburgh

Thank you to Sandra Givan for sending this photograph taken outside one of the prefab houses at Greendykes:

Greendykes - 1961

   Outside a Greendykes Pre-fab ©

 

Recollections

3.

Bob Henderson

Burdiehouse, Edinburgh wrote

Thank you to Bob Henderson who wrote:

Burdiehouse

"Here's another type of prefab.  This photo shows the houses in their old and metamorphosed state.  These are BISF houses and were made in huge numbers all over the UK.

I have lived in one of these in Burdiehouse for the last 35 years.  The conversion has turned them into very snug and fuel efficient homes."

Greendykes

"I also lived for a short time in one of the other type, an asbestos one in Greendykes.  It was a great wee hoose.

Imagine going from a single-end with no hot water and an outside shared lav. to your own wee bungalow with hot and cold running water and a bath with, wonder of wonders, a gas- operated fridge built in to the fitted kitchen!"

Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh:  January 4, 2007

 

Recollections

4.

Carol Dodds

Edinburgh

Thank you to Carol Dodds for leaving this message in the EdinPhoto guest book.

Prefab Housing

"Does anyone remember the prefabs in Greendykes?

I used to live in this magical wee house, in what seemed to be long hot summer nights."

Sandy's Club

"I would take a wander up past the Thistle Foundation and then hang out with the gang at Sandy's club at Craigmillar Castle Avenue.

Happy days"

Carol Dodds, Edinburgh:  January 6, 2007

 

Recollections

5.

Brian Edwards

Edinburgh

Thank you to Brian Edwards  for leaving this reply to Carol Dodd's message (above)  in the EdinPhoto guest book.

Brian wrote:

Prefab Housing

"Hi Carol, I remember the prefabs but not for good memories.  Unfortunately, they where getting demolished when I first saw them.  That was my first encounter with glass wool insulation that came from inside the walls etc.  I had the itches for days after."

Sandy's Club

"I too use to hang out at Sandy's club, the guy who ran it was called Jimmy! great time had by all."

Brian Edwards, Edinburgh:  January 7, 2007

 

Recollections

6.

Peter Hainey

Oregon, USA

Thank you to Peter Hainey  for leaving this message in the EdinPhoto guest book.

Peter wrote:

Prefab Housing

"I have enjoyed the comments on this site.  They bring back a lot. memories of Greendykes.  From 1951 to 1955, we lived in the pre-fabs (now long gone)  at Greendykes Road"

Wee Woods and Big Woods

"I also remember the Wee Woods and the Big Woods and a fire that burned down an abandoned mansion in the Big Woods."

Schools

"After Greendykes, we moved to Bo'ness until 1960, then the Leith Walk / London Road. area until about 1962. I went to Broughton Primary & Secondary schools."

Brian Edwards, Edinburgh:  January 7, 2007

 

Recollections

7.

John Wright

Edinburgh

Thank you to John Wright for leaving this message in the EdinPhoto Guest Book.

John wrote:

Prefab Housing

"I used to live in Greendykes Crescent and lived in a prefab, the best houses in the world.  Well, except for the winter when the ice was on the INSIDE of the house.   lol."

Wee Woods and Big Woods

"I remember:

-  the wee woods and the big woods

-  the ''Tarzan swing' over the burn

Kerr's field and the mansion.

I hope it brings back memories to some of my old mates."

John Wright:  Edinburgh:  June 7, 2007

 

Recollections

8.

Lyndsay (formerly Linda) Montgomery

Old Town, Edinburgh

Thank you to Lyndsay Montgomery for leaving this message in the Guest Book.

Lyndsay wrote:

Sandy's Club

"I've just read Carol Dodds' entry (4 above) and yes I remember Sandy's club up at the back of Craigmillar.  I remember meeting a boy called Johnny who lived in the Thistle Foundation.  I can't remember what his last name was.

A day later, we went to the cinema to see an Elvis movie at the Playhouse.  Somehow, his choice of movie put me off him. He was a really nice guy, but too quiet for me.

I used to know Roy Mcgregor and went out with him for a while.  There was his mate George Smith as well, and another two pals, one I only knew as Big Brian and the other was Peter Storey. Does anyone remember them?  Roy and George were both Craigmillar boys and the other two, I think, were from Niddrie Mains.

Lyndsay (formerly Linda) Montgomery, Old Town, Edinburgh:
Message posted in Guest Book, July 18, 2008

Reply to Lyndsay

If you'd like to send a reply to Lyndsay, please email it to me then I'll forward it to her.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, July 18, 2008

 

 Recollections

9.

Irene Cordier (née Heron)

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thank you to Irene Cordier (née Heron) who wrote:

Prefabs

"We lived in the prefabs in Greendykes from 1948 to 1957/58."

Wauchope Estate

"Does anyone remember the Wauchope Estate?  As kids we would go for walks in the woods - absolutely beautiful - and the mansion.  One of my first memories is of snowdrops and frogs in the burn that ran through the grounds."

Farmer's Fields

"Let's not forget the famer's fields next door, and the haystacks we use to play in.  I'm sure the farmer was delighted!  He used to chase us and, God forbid, catch us.  Then he would drag us in front of our parents and make us pay for the damage."

Not Much Money

"Oh to turn back the clock!  Nobody had much in the way of money, but somehow it didn't matter.  We made our own funI will always have very fond memories of growing up in Greendykes and living in Auld Reekie

Irene Cordier, Toronto, Ontario, Canada:  February 25, 2009

 

 Recollections

10.

Irene McHale (née McGinley)

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Thank you to Irene McHale (née McGrinley) who posted a message in the EdinPhoto guestbook after reading John Wright's comments (7 above).

Irene wrote:

Greendykes Crescent

"I also lived in Greendykes Crescent, at the top of the crescent, with my family:

mum and dad, Agnes and Gerald

brothers, Gerald and Kenneth

-  sisters, Eleanor and Grace Marie.

I remember:

-  the big wood

-  the wee woods

-  the rope swing over the burn

-  the swing park nearby

I remember fireworks and everyone making a great big fire for Guy Fox Night, where we threw in potatos.

We all had fun back then.  We we used to just wander off as kids. I lived there in the 1950s for a few years, then moved to Leith Street Terrace.

Irene McHale (née McGinley), Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
Message posted in EdinPhoto guest book, January 6, 2011

 

 Recollections

11.

Stuart Ogston

Edinburgh

Thank you to Stuart Ogston for posting his (pre-teens) memories of living at Greendykes in the EdinPhoto guest book.

Stuart wrote:

Greendykes House

"I lived in Greendykes House from mid-1965.  I watched the building of New Niddrie House, Greendykes Primary School and the bus terminus (no walking to Niddrie Mains Rd) where the 36 stopped before returning to the city.  This service was soon to be replaced by the 21."

Games

"Memories that have remained with me are playing:

 Coco 21 in and around the base of the flats. ***

 High Tig in the graveyard at the bus terminus (a very creepy little place as the nights drew in).

 Tap Door Run in the 14 storey block of flats.

Traders

Other fond memories are of :

Arcaris Ice Cream van

the Chip van

 and of course

-  the bugle of the Rag and Bone man.

Stuart Ogston, Edinburgh: Message and email address posted in EdinPhoto guestbook
January 10, 2010

*** Update

I did not recognise the game 'Coco 21' so I asked Stuart about it..  He replied:

Coco 21

"In answer to your question, Coco21 was a game of hidey.  It started by someone counting coco1, coco2, coco3..... up to coco21, whilst everyone hides.

First sought out was next up to seek, but they only counted to coco20, and so on until coco1, by which time the best hiding place may well have been right behind the seeker.

Throughout the course of the game, there was always the chance that by being last yet to be caught and arriving at the base whilst the seeker was away they could declare "last man frees all" .  Everyone would scarper until all were caught.

However, at any time, the game could be stopped by calling "The game's up the pole".  I cannot explain why this phrase was used, unfortunately."

Stuart Ogston, Edinburgh: Message and email address posted in EdinPhoto guestbook
January 12, 2010

 

 Recollections

12.

Margaret Dow (née Porter)

East Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to Margaret Dow for posting her memories of living at Greendykes in the EdinPhoto guest book.

Margaret wrote:

Local Shops

"I have lots of memories of growing up in Greendykes prefabs. We lived in the Drive. Our local shops were:

Densleys, Post Office

Melis, butcher

Centra, Grocer.  One of my brothers delivered groceries in a wooden wheelbarrow for pin money.

Gala

"Most memorable was a Gala, when we walked behind a pipe band to Duddingston train stop and went all the way to St Margaret's Park in Corstorphine.

We had our tinny cups affixed to our chest with a coloured sash. We had a bag of buns, including sausage roll etc., also races with prizes.

The Gaff

"There were Saturday matinee films at the County (gaff) with hula hoop and other competitions."

Play

"Greendykes was a safe secure place to grow up.  We had:

-  skirmishes to the woods, big and wee

-  rafter jumping in the 'new builds'

 and for the very brave

-  the graveyard.

I could go on and on."

Margaret Dow (née Porter), East Lothian, Scotland: Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook
January 10, 2010

 

 Recollections

13.

Jimmy Dickson

Easter Road, Edinburgh

Thank you to Jimmy Dickson who  wrote:

Greendykes Terrace

"I grew up in Greendykes Terrace from 1963 until 1984.  Then, I met my future wife and moved to Easter Road where I have been since."

Play

"Greendykes was a superb place to grow up inI remember the freedom of being able to roam the streets with all my pals, without any worries.  We played footie in the car park till all hours, until your ma shouted you in for your bed because you had school next day."

I remember the skinny woods, the dangers, and the quarry where we used to go at weekends and during school hols.  We stayed over from the shops  where there was:

-   a grocers.

 DensleysI think it was a clothes shop

-   a bakers and a butchers."

Schools

"I went to St Frannies school, then to Holyrood.  All my mates went to Castlebrae, but we always met up after school and had a great time.

Sadly since moving away I have lost touch but would like it if anybody remembers me and sends a reply"

Jimmy Dickson, Easter Road, Edinburgh:  April 10, 2011

Reply to Jimmy Dickson

If you'd like to send a reply to Jimmy, please email me, then I'll pass your message on to him.    Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  April 13, 2011

 

 Recollections

14.

Graeme MacKay

Liberton, Edinburgh

Thank you to Graeme MacKay for writing about the time when he lived at Greendykes House in the late-1960s.

Wauchope House
and Greendykes House

2007

   Wauchope House and Greendykes House, Greendykes Road, Edinburgh ©

Graeme wrote:

Greendykes House

"I grew up in Corstorphine before moving to Greendykes.  I lived at Greendykes House from 1967 to 1969, on the tenth floor as it happens.  The flats were brand new at the time.  I believe they were constructed in 1966 as were those at Wauchope House, right next door.

I loved the view from the living room balcony, but I didn’t care for the elevator or the concrete stairwell which I used on occasion, when the power was out.

Graeme MacKay
and Greendykes flats

1967

      Graeme MacKay and Greendykes flats, 1967 ©

Here is a photo that was taken in 1967.  It looks towards the north, I believe.  Please click on this thumbnail photo to enlarge it.​"

 Graeme Mackay, Liberton, Edinburgh:  May 18, 2014

 

 Recollections

15.

Graeme MacKay

Liberton, Edinburgh

Thank you to Graeme MacKay for writing again.  Graeme wrote:

Greendykes House

"I grew up in Corstorphine before moving to Greendykes.  I lived at Greendykes House from 1967 to 1969, on the tenth floor as it happens.  The flats were brand new at the time.  I believe they were constructed in 1966 as were those at Wauchope House, right next door.

I loved the view from the living room balcony, but I didn’t care for the elevator or the concrete stairwell which I used on occasion, when the power was out.

Graeme MacKay
and Greendykes flats

1967

      Graeme MacKay and Greendykes flats, 1967 ©

Here is a photo that was taken in 1967.  It looks towards the north, I believe.  Please click on this thumbnail photo to enlarge it.​"

 Graeme Mackay, Liberton, Edinburgh:  May 18, 2014

 

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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