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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

Lower Granton Road

 

Recollections

1.

Shaun Hanlon
Middlesbrough, Teesside, England

No.12

2.

Shaun Hanlon
Middlesbrough, Teesside, England

Another World

Return Visit

Parks

Houses

Ocean Terminal

Schools

3.

Shaeron Averbuck
Edinburgh

No.161

4.

James Rillay
Silverknowes, Edinburgh

No.161

Return Home

Doors Open Weekend

5.

Peter Stubbs
 Edinburgh

Nos.160+161

6.

David King
Trinity, Edinburgh

No.161

-  Granton Hotel

-  The Granton Tap

-  Old Maps

7.

Lizzie Stenhouse
Granton Edinburgh

No.141a, 141b, 141c

-  School, Net Making,
    Boxing Ring and Bingo

8.

'Mad Sailor'

No.161

-  The Granton Tap

Recollections

1.

 Shaun Hanlon

Middlesbrough, Teesside, England

No.12

I lived at 12 Lower Granton Road.  I remember Granton beach as the Costa Bravo, golden sands.

Can you remember the railway line right past our house?  It's gone.  Why?  Me and my mates used to wait till the train came with rocks, and try and smash the lantern at the back of the guard's coach.

Shaun Hanlon:  Middlesbrough, Teesside, England;  March 17, 2006

Recollections

2.

Shaun Hanlon

Middlesbrough, Teesside, England

Another World

I left Lower Granton Road in 1975 to go live in Middlesbrough.  It was like going to live in an other world, never mind another country.  Everybody lived in semi detached houses with a garden.  I had lived in a tenement slum all my life. 

Return Visit

I came up to Edinburgh a few years ago.  It was the first time I had been up for years.   Our houses are still there in Lower Granton Road.  Why haven't all those tenements been demolished?

Parks

I went into Starbank Park and Victoria Park.  How come there are no people about.  In Middlesbrough, any park has hundreds of kids in it.  Don't people have kids in Edinburgh?

Houses

The house prices are so expensive there as well,  You can buy a 3 bedroom, detached house here for the same price as a 2 bedroom tenement house,  I suppose you have more better paid jobs there though.  We have a lot of unemployment here.

Ocean Terminal

I cant believe Ocean Terminal  -  pity about the air traffic tho'.  It spoils a beautiful view with a noisy plane every 30 minutes.  We used to go down there to collect washed up bottles, to get the deposit of them.

Schools

All the shops past Starbank have been turned into homes and Ainsley Annex at Trinity has gone, and the main school at Pilton is shut down,  Where have all the school kids gone?  At least Vicky school is still there.

Shaun Hanlon:  Middlesbrough, Teesside, England;  March 17, 2006

Recollections

3.

Shaeron Averbuch

Edinburgh

Thank you to Shaeron Averbuch for contacting me.  Shaeron is an artist who was based at The Lighthouse, West Harbour Road, Granton, until recently.

She created the 'Cavorting Sailors' sculpture that stood on the land at the corner of Ferry Road and North Junction Street, Leith, for a few years from 2002.

Shaeron wrote:

No. 161 Lower Granton Road

"We moved from The Lighthouse at Granton to No.161 Lower Granton Road a couple of months ago.  We will be participating in Doors Open Day on September 24-25 from our new address.

Question

The Tap

No.161 Lower Granton Road is another of the old properties that I am trying to gather information on. I believe it was formerly know as 'The Tap'.  Does anybody know why it was built originally?"

Reply to Shaeron

If you know anything about the history of 161 Lower Granton Road, please email me, then I'll pass on the information to Shaeron.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  September 19, 2011

Recollections

4.

James Rillay

Silverknowes, Edinburgh

Thank you to Jams Rillay, formerly of 37 Granton Crescent, who replied:

No. 161 Lower Granton Road

"Iím not too sure about 161 being 'The Tap', as the blue door which used to be the front door of 'The Tap' has 160 on it, according to Google street view anyway.

Iím uncertain of itís origins, but I do know it was my Dadís local pub for many years during the 1970s and 1980s.  It was one of only three local pubs (excluding the Forth Corinthian Yacht Club) in the area.

They were:

 TheTap,

-  Wardie Hotel,

-  Anchor Inn.

I would assume it was a busy place in itís day, given the amount of local industry that surrounded it."

 Return Home

"I used to watch my Dad wonder up the hill (Granton View) from my front window (Granton Crescent), after he had spent a leisurely Sunday afternoon in The Tap.  Some wonderings to longer than others on occasion.

I recall it closed as a pub in the early 1990s, and turned into an office of some description. I think the property has been closed for some time now **."

James Rillay, Silverknowes, Edinburgh:  September 20, 2011

** Doors Open Weekend

The 'Doors Open brochure for 24-25 September  2011 includes  the following paragraphs:

"One of the oldest buildings in Granton, commissioned by the Duke of Buccleuch in Granton's thriving industrial heyday, it was a pub for many years, fairly notorious as many locals would say.

Currently, the building is taking on a new life and is being used by the Granton Improvements Society along with other organizations and individuals operating out of the shared space.

Kenneth Williamson, member of the local bowling club, will talk about the history of the area.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh,  September 20, 2011

Recollections

5.

Peter Stubbs

Edinburgh

After reading James Rillay's comments above, I went down to Lower Granton Road this afternoon to look at the buildings there.

Here's what I found:

Nos 160 and 161

"At the western end of Lower Granton Road, very close to Granton Square, there is a large stone building with four blue doors.  They are (from left to right):

1.  a door into the yard beside the building

2.  a door numbered 160.  This is the door that James mentions above.   It used to be the main door into 'The Tap'.

3.  a door with no number.  The old lettering above the door has been painted over, but is still visible.  It reads:  'Granton Tap Games Room'.

4.  a door numbered 161.  This is the door that to the premises that are to be open for 'Doors Open Weekend' on September 24-25, 2011.

Incidentally, the name of the pub that appears in the Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories (at least for the years 1950 to 1970) is not 'Granton Tap':  It is 'Granton Tavern'.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  September 21, 2011

Recollections

6.

David King

Trinity, Edinburgh

Thank you to David King for responding to Shaeron Averbuch's request for more information about the history of 160 Lower Granton Road.

David wrote:

No.161

Granton Hotel

"The premises at No.160 Lower Granton Road were originally part of the Granton Hotel, the main building of which faces Granton Square and is now HMS Claverhouse. 

J M Postcard  -  Caledonia Series  -  Granton Square ©

The hotel was built in 1838 and included stables to the rear (east) and a Ďtap roomí (which is where No 160 is) linked to the hotel, but with a courtyard between.  Immediately east was a further courtyard (still there) with stables (now a garage).  This page on the Historic Scotland web site gives more details.

A new building was later built immediately behind the hotel which confuses the picture a bit."

The Granton Tap

"The tap room became a public house, the Granton Tavern, usually known locally as the Granton Tap.  It supposedly had the longest bar in the Edinburgh area, and was popular with the trawler crews when they returned to Granton Harbour from their fishing trips.  When it closed, the Leonard Cheshire Foundation used the premises as an office."

Old Maps

"You will see the buildings on old maps of the area, such as:

-  This 1896 map on my Granton History web site

-  This 1853 map on the National LIbrary of Scotland web site.  You can zoom-in to this map to see more detail."

David King, Trinity, Edinburgh:  September 21, 2011

Recollections

7.

Lizzie Stenhouse

Granton, Edinburgh

Lizzie Stenhouse wrote:

No.141a, 141b, 141c

School

Net Making

Boxing Ring

Bingo

Question

"Do you have any information about the building at 141a, 141b and 141c, Lower Granton Road, across the road from the Granton Square bus stop in Lower Granton Road?

It is believed to have been:

-  a school, before Granton Square School was built.

-  a place for net making or repairs.

-  a boxing ring, at one time.

-  a Bingo Hall at one time.

Lizzie Stenhouse, Granton:  July 21, 2014

Reply to Lizzie

If you have any information about 141a, b and c Lower Granton Road that you'd like to pass on to Lizzie, please email me to let me know, then I'll give you her email address.

        Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  July 24, 2104

 

Recollections

Lower Granton Road

 

Recollections

1.

Shaun Hanlon
Middlesbrough, Teesside, England

No.12

2.

Shaun Hanlon
Middlesbrough, Teesside, England

Another World

Return Visit

Parks

Houses

Ocean Terminal

Schools

3.

Shaeron Averbuck
Edinburgh

No.161

4.

James Rillay
Silverknowes, Edinburgh

No.161

Return Home

Doors Open Weekend

5.

Peter Stubbs
 Edinburgh

Nos.160+161

6.

David King
Trinity, Edinburgh

No.161

-  Granton Hotel

-  The Granton Tap

-  Old Maps

7.

Lizzie Stenhouse
Granton Edinburgh

No.141a, 141b, 141c

-  School, Net Making,
    Boxing Ring and Bingo

8.

'Mad Sailor'

No.161

-  The Granton Tap

Recollections

1.

 Shaun Hanlon

Middlesbrough, Teesside, England

No.12

I lived at 12 Lower Granton Road.  I remember Granton beach as the Costa Bravo, golden sands.

Can you remember the railway line right past our house?  It's gone.  Why?  Me and my mates used to wait till the train came with rocks, and try and smash the lantern at the back of the guard's coach.

Shaun Hanlon:  Middlesbrough, Teesside, England;  March 17, 2006

Recollections

2.

Shaun Hanlon

Middlesbrough, Teesside, England

Another World

I left Lower Granton Road in 1975 to go live in Middlesbrough.  It was like going to live in an other world, never mind another country.  Everybody lived in semi detached houses with a garden.  I had lived in a tenement slum all my life. 

Return Visit

I came up to Edinburgh a few years ago.  It was the first time I had been up for years.   Our houses are still there in Lower Granton Road.  Why haven't all those tenements been demolished?

Parks

I went into Starbank Park and Victoria Park.  How come there are no people about.  In Middlesbrough, any park has hundreds of kids in it.  Don't people have kids in Edinburgh?

Houses

The house prices are so expensive there as well,  You can buy a 3 bedroom, detached house here for the same price as a 2 bedroom tenement house,  I suppose you have more better paid jobs there though.  We have a lot of unemployment here.

Ocean Terminal

I cant believe Ocean Terminal  -  pity about the air traffic tho'.  It spoils a beautiful view with a noisy plane every 30 minutes.  We used to go down there to collect washed up bottles, to get the deposit of them.

Schools

All the shops past Starbank have been turned into homes and Ainsley Annex at Trinity has gone, and the main school at Pilton is shut down,  Where have all the school kids gone?  At least Vicky school is still there.

Shaun Hanlon:  Middlesbrough, Teesside, England;  March 17, 2006

Recollections

3.

Shaeron Averbuch

Edinburgh

Thank you to Shaeron Averbuch for contacting me.  Shaeron is an artist who was based at The Lighthouse, West Harbour Road, Granton, until recently.

She created the 'Cavorting Sailors' sculpture that stood on the land at the corner of Ferry Road and North Junction Street, Leith, for a few years from 2002.

Shaeron wrote:

No. 161 Lower Granton Road

"We moved from The Lighthouse at Granton to No.161 Lower Granton Road a couple of months ago.  We will be participating in Doors Open Day on September 24-25 from our new address.

Question

The Tap

No.161 Lower Granton Road is another of the old properties that I am trying to gather information on. I believe it was formerly know as 'The Tap'.  Does anybody know why it was built originally?"

Reply to Shaeron

If you know anything about the history of 161 Lower Granton Road, please email me, then I'll pass on the information to Shaeron.  Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  September 19, 2011

Recollections

4.

James Rillay

Silverknowes, Edinburgh

Thank you to Jams Rillay, formerly of 37 Granton Crescent, who replied:

No. 161 Lower Granton Road

"Iím not too sure about 161 being 'The Tap', as the blue door which used to be the front door of 'The Tap' has 160 on it, according to Google street view anyway.

Iím uncertain of itís origins, but I do know it was my Dadís local pub for many years during the 1970s and 1980s.  It was one of only three local pubs (excluding the Forth Corinthian Yacht Club) in the area.

They were:

 TheTap,

-  Wardie Hotel,

-  Anchor Inn.

I would assume it was a busy place in itís day, given the amount of local industry that surrounded it."

 Return Home

"I used to watch my Dad wonder up the hill (Granton View) from my front window (Granton Crescent), after he had spent a leisurely Sunday afternoon in The Tap.  Some wonderings to longer than others on occasion.

I recall it closed as a pub in the early 1990s, and turned into an office of some description. I think the property has been closed for some time now **."

James Rillay, Silverknowes, Edinburgh:  September 20, 2011

** Doors Open Weekend

The 'Doors Open brochure for 24-25 September  2011 includes  the following paragraphs:

"One of the oldest buildings in Granton, commissioned by the Duke of Buccleuch in Granton's thriving industrial heyday, it was a pub for many years, fairly notorious as many locals would say.

Currently, the building is taking on a new life and is being used by the Granton Improvements Society along with other organizations and individuals operating out of the shared space.

Kenneth Williamson, member of the local bowling club, will talk about the history of the area.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh,  September 20, 2011

Recollections

5.

Peter Stubbs

Edinburgh

After reading James Rillay's comments above, I went down to Lower Granton Road this afternoon to look at the buildings there.

Here's what I found:

Nos 160 and 161

"At the western end of Lower Granton Road, very close to Granton Square, there is a large stone building with four blue doors.  They are (from left to right):

1.  a door into the yard beside the building

2.  a door numbered 160.  This is the door that James mentions above.   It used to be the main door into 'The Tap'.

3.  a door with no number.  The old lettering above the door has been painted over, but is still visible.  It reads:  'Granton Tap Games Room'.

4.  a door numbered 161.  This is the door that to the premises that are to be open for 'Doors Open Weekend' on September 24-25, 2011.

Incidentally, the name of the pub that appears in the Edinburgh & Leith Post Office Directories (at least for the years 1950 to 1970) is not 'Granton Tap':  It is 'Granton Tavern'.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  September 21, 2011

Recollections

8.

'MadSailor'

Thank you to 'Mad Sailor' who wrote:

The Granton Tap

"The Granton Tap was a pub that made a fortune from trawlermen during the 1950s and early-1960s."

'MadSailor':  12 September 2015

 

 

North Edinburgh

Cramond - Granton - Royston - Trinity -  Wardie

Maps

Granton:  transport map 1932

Granton:  small map 1870

Granton:  large map 1870

Recollections

Cramond:                        from 1940s

Cramond Island:              1970s

Granton:                           1930s   1940s   1950s   1970s

Granton, Trinity, Wardie:  1940s   1950s - 60s   Shops

Lower Granton Road        all dates

Muirhouse                         from 1930s

Pilton:                               1940 bomb

Royston:                            from 1930s

Wardie School:                 1930s    1940s   1950s

                                         1960s    1970s   1980s

History

Granton, Trinity, Wardie:  from 1544

 

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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

  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