North Edinburgh, between Silverknowes
and West Pilton, close to the Firth of Forth




Graeme Charles Munro

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Graeme wrote:

War Years

"I remember living in Pennywell during the 'war years.  We had backgreen concerts and gas lamps in the street, and in the house.  I remember:

the army barracks along the road, firing big guns at planes, and the shock going right through our bodies.

-   all the people in the street waving at a plane in 1942;  they thought it was British when it was actually a Junkers.

-  my dad lifting off his helmet, as a fire warden, to stoke his hair flat, putting his helmet on again and finding a piece of shrapnel burying inside it."

Firth of Forth

"As kids, we roamed the seafront, and found huge boxes washed up on the beach due to ships getting sunk.

We went  down to Leith to see the five U-boats down there, when peace was declared.  I wondered where all the men were who were on them

I remember my Dad, building the gun emplacements on Cramond Island, and having to wade through three feet of water, of a turning tide to cross there."

Easter Drylaw Drive

"We lived at 47 Easter Drylaw Drive for nearly a year.  Our milk came for the local Hastie Farm, just up from us.  Mrs Hastie made us treacle toffee for taking empty bottles to her."

 The rents at Easter Drylaw Drive went up twice, so my mother decided to put her name down for a house across the street, and we ended up in 6 Ferry Road Gardens

Funnily enough, all the children whom we had made friends in Drylaw, all came up with the same story eventually... 'My Mum said I wasn't to play with you any more', as if we had shifted from the supposed 'upper crust' to the scrubbies across the street.   Edinburgh at its best!  We used to fight pitch battles with the boys over there as the years went on, in anger."

Davidson's Mains

"We went to Davidson's Mains school, and Sunday School there.  I remember buns from the baker at the end of the street.

I remember the garage in Quality Street, that played radio music, at full pitch.  The only man to own a car was the local councilor."

Graeme Charles Munro, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia:  October 31+ November 29, 2007




David Ross

Granton, Edinburgh

Thank you to David Ross who wrote

Crewe Toll and Pennywell

"Crew Toll was a place where drovers from Leith Docks had to bring their cattle, horses and other animals to get them up North.  It was a good road for them, but once they reached Crewe Toll, they had to pay a toll for each head of animals for the use of the road.

 Then they had to get water for their animals before heading north.  That was done at Penny Well, the last watering hole from the Docks until they got them much further north.  They  paid a penny per head with a discount for large numbers of animals.  The name 'Penny for the Well' soon got changed to Pennywell.

Later, the railways started moving cattle etc to the North."

David Ross, Granton, Edinburgh:  15 November 2015



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