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Recollections

Haymarket

 

1.

Doug Chatham
Edinburgh

AJ Downie  Cycle Agent

-  Question 1

2.

Gerald J Robertson

Roller Skating Indoor Park
 -  Question 2

3.

Simon Capaldi
Sheriffhall, Midlothian, Scotland

Roller Skating Rink
-  Q2:  Reply 1

4.

Yvonne Cain
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Ice Skating Rink
-  Q2:  Reply 2

5.

Peter Stubbs
Edinburgh

Skating Rink
-  Q2:  Reply 3

6.

Gus Coutts
Duddingston, Edinburgh

Skating Rink
-  Q2:  Reply
4

7.

Jeff Nisbet
USA

17 Elgin Place

8.

Jeff Nisbet
Midland Park, New Jersey, USA

17 Elgin Place

 

Recollections

1.

Doug Chatham

Doug Chatham wrote:

A J Downie  -  Cycle Agents

"I have recently restored a 1960 Heinkel Scooter which has its original dealer transfer from AJ Downie, cycle agents of Haymarket..

I believe the shop was part of the block demolished, probably around the late 1960s to form Haymarket station car park."

Doug Chatham:  December 4, 2008

NOTE

The Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories appear to confirm Doug's belief above.

Haymarket Railway Station is at 1 Haymarket Terrace.

-  The 1961-62 PO Directory includes Andrew Downie Ltd at 19-33 Haymarket Terrace.

-  The 1970-71 PO Directory lists no buildings between 3 and 53 Haymarket Terrace (now the station car park), and shows that Andrew Downie Ltd had, by then, moved to 40-44 Lochrin Buildings, Gilmore Place, Tollcross.

Peter Stubbs:  December 13, 2008

Doug asked

Question

AJ Downie, Dealership

"Does anybody have recollections or photographs of the AJ Downie dealership to complete my dossier on the bike, which includes the original hire purchase agreement signed by AJ Downie as witness along with his wife(?), Margaret who was apparently the saleswoman."

Doug Chatham, Edinburgh:  December 4, 2008

If you have a response to Doug's question, above, please email me, then I'll pass your message on to him.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs:  December 13, 2008

 

Recollections

2.

Gerald J Robertson

Gerald J Robertson wrote:

Question

Roller Skating Indoor Park

"I am 63 yrs of age and I vaguely remember there being a roller skating indoor park at Haymarket.  I'm sure that it was made of wood.  Can anybody enlighten me on this please?"

Gerald J Robertson :  June 1, 2013

Reply to Gerald?

If you remember the roller skating indoor park that Gerald mentions, and would like to send a reply to him, please email me then I'll pass on his email address to  so that you can contact him.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  June 1, 2013

 

Recollections

3.

Simon Capaldi

Sheriffhall, Midlothian Scotland

Thank you to Simon Capaldi for replying to the question in 2 above asked by Gerald J Robinson yesterday.

Simon wrote:

Reply

Roller Skating Rink

"I remember the rink that Gerald asks about.  It was on the south side of Haymarket Terrace, about 150 yards west of the station. Steps lead down to it. There is now an office building there. I think the rink was demolished mid- to late-1970s."

Sheriffhall, Midlothian, Edinburgh:  June 2, 2013

Recollections

4.

Yvonne Cain

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Yvonne Cain wrote:

Reply

Roller Skating Rink

"I remember the rink that Gerald asks about.  It was on the south side of Haymarket Terrace, about 150 yards west of the station. Steps lead down to it. There is now an office building there. I think the rink was demolished mid- to late-1970s."

Yvonne Cain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

 

Recollections

5.

Peter Stubbs

Edinburgh

After reading Recollections 4 and 5 above, I'm left wondering:

Skating Rink

"Was the skating ring at Haymarket a roller skating rink  or an ice skating rink  -  or was it perhaps a roller skating rink in the summer and an ice skating rink in the winter?"

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  2 June 2013

 

Recollections

6.

Gus Coutts

Duddingston, Edinburgh

Thank you to Gus Coutts who wrote

Skating Rink

Ice Skating

"The rink was 150 yards west of Haymarket Station.  It was definitely an Ice Rink  -  at least it was in winter.  I don't know about it ever being a Roller Rink in the Summer.

I went there every Saturday afternoon for about 3 years in the early-1950s, from 1952  -  4.30 till 6.30,  Admission 2 shillings."

Curling

"As I remember it, most of the ice time was devoted to curling, and the rink just closed in the summer, although I may be wrong about the closing as I was only in my early teens then.

Haymarket and Murrayfield Rinks

Haymarket was generally considered to be upmarket compared to Murrayfield which had a reputation for unruly behaviour.

Furthermore, Haymarket didn't turn off the freezing so one didn't get soaked if one fell, unlike Murrayfield where the ice normally had about half an inch of water on the surface."

Gus Coutts, Duddingston, Edinburgh:  June 3, 2013

 

Recollections

7

Jeff Nisbet

Midland Park, New Jersey, USA

Thank you to Jeff Nisbet who wrote: wrote:

17 Elgin Place

1970s

I originally had this photo dated '1970' but 'K' car registration numbers were not issued until August 1971.

17 Elgin Place

  Jeff Nisbet, USA

"The last place I lived in Edinburgh before emigrating to the USA in 1960, aged 11, was up a stair at 17 Elgin Place -- the top three windows of the building shown in this photo.

The building was located at the extreme south end of the road, and faced into Sutherland Street.  As you mention on your site, the entire community was demolished in the mid-1970s.

I took the photo in 1970, on a trip "back home.

At 17 Elgin Place, we had:

cold water

a coal fire in the living room/kitchen

two bedrooms

one inside latrine

a coal bunker. 

Nobody had a telephone, but there was a booth at the far end of Sutherland Street.  I was happy living there, and attended Roseburn Primary School."

Jeff Nisbet, Midland Park, New Jersey, USA, 20 April 2016

  

Recollections

08

Jeff Nisbet

Midland Park, New Jersey, USA

Thank you to Jeff Nisbet for sending me more recollections of his homes in Edinburgh.

Jeff wrote:

My Edinburgh Homes

"I emigrated from Edinburgh to the USA in 1960, when I was 11 years old, but have been 'back home' many times since.  I suppose I could speak for thousands of ex-pats around the world when I thank you for the many pleasurable hours I've spent on your site, looking at the many photos and memories you have posted of my dear home town.

My folks and I lived in three Edinburgh neighborhoods before we emigrated.

1.  Herriot Mount, near the steps leading down to Holyrood Park.

2.  Jamaica Street.

3.  Elgin Place

I attended Roseburn Primary while living at Elgin Place.  I am attaching a photo of our building, taken circa 1970 before the demolition.

All three neighborhoods are now, sadly, gone -- but they live on in your site, and therefore in my memory.

Elgin Place

"I lived in the top flat of the 24-flat, three-floor building at No. 17 Elgin Place, set a  among the warren of Colony Flats across from Donaldson's Hospital  during the latter half of the 1950s while a student at Roseburn Primary School.

17 Elgin Place

17 Elgin Place

My folks and I lived there until October 1960, at which time we emigrated to the USA.  

It was a cold-water flat, consisting of:

-  a kitchen/living room with a coal fire
(the only source of heat),

 -  two bedrooms (one big, one small),

-  a coal bunker and toilet (no bath) in our hallway.

The place was a vast improvement from our previous Edinburgh flats in that we did not have to share our toilet with any of the building's other tenants, and the building had already been converted from gas to electric.

Our small community of Colony Flats was served by one public telephone booth, one general grocery store run by a Mr. Holmes, and, of course, coal and milk deliveries still brought by horse and cart at the time.

In spite of the fact that our material wealth was low, we were happy there.  I took the photo you see here circa 1971, on my second trip 'back home', and the entire area was bulldozed a few years later to make room for new housing.

Elgin Place, as a street name, no longer exists, but the Edinburgh I knew as a schoolboy still exists in both my mind and your website.

Jeff Nisbet, Midland Park, New Jersey, USA, 19 February 2017 (3 emails)

 

 

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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