Pilrig is half-way down Leith walk,
between Leith and Edinburgh.
where passengers used to change between
the Edinburgh Cable Cars and Leith Electric Trams.
Livingston, West Lothian
Thank you to John Stewart who wrote:
18 shillings a week
"My first home as a newly-wed was at 18 Pilrig
Street in 1958. I saw the street just lately and it has never changed.
My wife and I lived in the attic paying 18/-
a week rent for furnished accommodation - no bath or shower,
just a W.C.
We used to put our milk outside the window to
keep it cool until our landlady saw it and blew her top. 'Bringing the
tone of the place down' she said.
Those were the days."
John Stewart, Livingston, West Lothian: August 10,
Thank you, Fiona, for sending me phtographs taken outside her home at
16 Murano Place, Pilrig in the 1960s. Thanks also for adding comments to
the EdinPhoto guest book.
have any info on the workplaces in Murano Place? There were a few at
one time. I remember Cummings box makers opposite no 16, a bookbinders
and most importantly Charlie's chip shop in Albert
Street and Arestie's (my spelling) ice cream shop.
"My most magical memory is being sent to Charlie's
for a fish supper and to Arestie's for a tub of ice cream and a bottle of
juice after Dr Who.
I managed to evade the cybermen (my imagination) and the rats (real), we
were in for a feast - all 4 of us!"
Fiona Logan, Leith: Message in EdinPhoto guest book,:
December 5, 2007
Wigan, Lancashire, England
Irene Day wrote:
11 Buchanan Street
"I wonder if anybody remembers a Sandra
Whitehead who lived at 11, Buchanan Street. She lived there from 1945
till around 1970.
I know she married and moved to Canada and I
would love to find her.
I have found a lot of old school friends over
the last couple of years but just cant get any more information about
Irene Day, Wigan, Lancashire, England: June 17, 2008
If you have any information about Sandra Whitehead, and would
like to contact Irene Day,
please email me, then I'll pass on your message to Irene.
Thank you. - Peter
Stubbs: June 21, 2008
Thank you to Donald Graham who wrote:
"After reading on
News about this being the 65th anniversary of the first 'Ten Pound
Poms' sailing out to Australia, I came to the conclusion that my
Grandmother and uncle must have been 'Ten Pound Poms'.
Back in Edinburgh, in the early-1960s
when I was just a boy, they seized the opportunity for a better
life and a chance to escape, perhaps from harder times back then."
"I can't recall
where they landed in Australia, or whatever
became of them, although I vividly remember them
sending me an unmistakably wrapped Boomerang
through the post. On it was hand-painted Aborigines with spears,
told my mother it was for display purposes only, but she insisted we take
it to the Park at Pilrig, to test if they really
do come back. No sooner had she thrown it
into the air, than it hit a tree
then fell to the ground in two halves. So
I reckon it must have been a sign from my Grandmother, as she didn't come
Donald Graham, Basel, Switzerland:
March 28, 2012