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High School Yards

Old Town, Edinburgh

 

Recollections

1.

Linda Montgomery

Old Town, Edinburgh

Linda Montgomery used to live in the Toll House, Niddrie Mill and now lives in High School Yards, Old Town, Edinburgh.

Linda wrote:

High School Yards

"I now live in High School Yards.  I have a wonderful house at the top of my stair with a great view across to Arthur's Seat.  I think this building was the second put up by the Council, as it was called in these far off days."

High School Yards

   High School Yards  -  Just inside the old Edinburgh City Walls, to the south to the Cowgate and west of Pleasance ©

"The first tenants moved into the houses in, I think, 1920 or so.  They were begun in the late 1890s, and were made up of single ends.

 I met a lady who used to live in one of the houses in the next stair.  She, along with six brothers and sisters and her Mum and Dad, lived in one in the 50s.

My neighbour, Frank, knows a lot of the folk from the area who are still around.  If there's anything he can do, or find out, he'll be happy to oblige."

History of High School Yards

"As well as finding anyone from where I grew up at Niddrie Mill, it would be good to hear from anyone who either lived in High School Yards or knew someone who lived there at some point in the past.

I'd love to write a history of the place. I've been told that Burke and Hare used to bring their bodies through one of the vennels from the Cowgate just below where I live now.

I can see from my balcony the building that was used to dissect the bodies for the students, and at the end of the street, next to the Salvation Army Hostel, there is now a nursery.

The janitor showed me a passage that leads down to connect to other underground passages leading to the same building, unhappily having fallen into disrepair."

Linda (now Lyndsay) Montgomery, Old Town, Edinburgh:  July 15 + 16, 2008

Contacting Linda

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

Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  July 17 2008

 

Recollections

2.

Eric Gold

East London

Thank you to Eric Gold who wrote this reply to Linda's comments above.

Eric wrote:

Waverley Buildings

"Hi Linda, I liked your story above.  I had an Auntie Nancy who lived in the Waverly Buildings opposite you, now gone as per Arthur street where I was brought up.

Burke & Hare

"I went to St Anne’s school in the Cowgate now a day centre.

I used to go up the wynd (High School Wynd) and passed the University on the left were Dr Knox used to buy the bodies from Burke and Hare, years ago.

There was an Janitor there with a wee bulldog.  It was a vicious beast too and all us kids would annoy it, and the janitor would say to us all, I will let him out and he will chase you all.  I think the janitors who worked for  Edinburgh  University were called servitors or something to that effect

I remember the guy to this very day as he had a black uniform and his hair was silvery grey, not forgetting the bulldog (ha ha ha)."

Medical Centre

"At the end of High School Yards  there was a medical centre where my sister and other mothers collected the powdered milk for her wee bairns.

There was a room there that was used if you contacted scabies.  There was a lot of that in the Old Town when I was wee.  You you would get scrubbed down with a blue liquid, thankfully I never caught scabies.

We also had to get our jabs there."

Edinburgh Clubs

"I remember some of the Edinburgh Clubs well, but  I was at sea, working on the Queen Mary, so I missed the Embers.

There was a club on the left hand side of Victoria Street  and it had a lot of wee bars.  I watched a few folk music people there and I believe the Corries played there too.  I forget its name and there was the Place in Victoria Street too.

Anyway Linda, do put more memories on the website as I like history too and especially Edinburgh’s Southside and Leith as it holds a lot of wonderful memories.

Without the EdinPhoto website I would be lost, and all would be a distant memory to me."

Eric Gold, East London: July 20, 2008

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

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

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