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Edinburgh

Roast Chicken Shops

 

Recollections

1.

Lorraine Bruce (née Dutton)
Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland

Roast Chicken Shops

Hillwood Produce Shops

2.

Alan Raeburn
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Hillwood Produce Shop - Corstorphine

3.

Ann Moir (née Nimmo)

Hillwood Produce

Peter Nimmo & Son

4.

Lorraine Bruce (née Dutton)
Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland

Ann Moir - Photographs

5.

Ann Moir (née Nimmo)

Hillwood Produce Co

-  Official Opening

-  39 Clerk Street, New Shop

-  Business Venture

-  Ratho

-  Businesses sold

6.

Lorraine Bruce (née Dutton)
Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland

Chicken

Clerk Street Shop

7.

Stan Forbes
Australia

Carpentry

Ratho

Recollections

1.

Lorraine Bruce (née Dutton)

Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland

Thank you to Lorraine Bruce for posting a message in the EdinPhoto guest book.

Lorraine wrote:

Roast Chicken Shops

"I'm desperate to find any old memories or photos of three shops that my dad, William (Billy) Dutton managed in the early-1960s.  He will soon be 80.

His shops where the first ever roast chicken shops in Edinburgh.  This was before the time when chicken were to be seen on spits in the window.

His company was Hillwood Produce.  They had shops in:

-   South Clerk Street.

-  St John's Road (or perhaps it was Corstorphine High Street.  It was nearly opposite the Harp Hotel.)

-   Morningside Road."

Lorraine Bruce (née Dutton), Edinburgh:  Message posted in EdinPhoto guestbook:  August 23, 2010

Lorraine added:

Hillwood Produce Shops

"My father was born at Caroline Park.  He was a charming and popular grocer, first working in Low's in Nicolson street and at Ratho Station.

He then took over managing a string of Hillwood Produce shops.  These were very new to Edinburgh at the time, long before Edinburgh had fast foods chains, and when chicken was hitherto a luxury roast for special occasions.

Hillwood Produce company roasted chickens.  The chickens were not roasted on spits in the windows as they were by another business some years later, but roasted in ovens by Mrs Grinton who also made the best homemade sausage rolls ever.

My father had a strong work ethic.  I can recall going in to his shop during the week preceding Christmas and seeing floor-to-ceiling pallets of chickens waiting to be roasted. My father ran his shops in a very professional way.  He was interviewed for radio programme, 'Farm Forum'.

He was always charming and his customers loved him.  He would hand out his recipes for cuts to anyone who asked.  He believed that if one had to have canned goods in the shop, they had to be Baxters as he considered them the best at the time.

His shop in South Clerk Street must have been pretty close to The Odeon.  I can recall being sent off to the Odeon if the shop was busy."

Lorraine Bruce (née Dutton), Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland: August 23, 2010

Reply to Lorraine Bruce?

If you remember any of the shops that Lorraine mentions above, please email me, then I'll pass on your message to her.    Thank you

Peter Stubbs:  August 23, 2010

 

Recollections

2.

Alan Raeburn

Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Thank you to Alan Raeburn who added this reply in the EdinPhoto guestbook:

Alan wrote:

Hillwood Chicken Shop - Corstorphine

"I worked for the Hillwood chicken shop in Corstorphine.  I delivered orders on a bike after school when I lived in Clermiston.  I think it was about 1963-64."

Alan Raeburn, Perth, Western Australia:  Message posted in EdinPhoto guest book:  Aug 31, 2010

Recollections

3.

Anne Moir (née Nimmo)

Thank you to Anne Moir who replied:

Hillwood Produce

"I'm trying to get more information about my dad, Peter Nimmo, who along with his brother Alastair owned the chicken company, Hillwood Produce, that Loraine mentions above.  My father died in 1973 and his brother died in 1972.

I have old newspaper cuttings in scrap books that my mother kept showing photos taken inside the shops and the opening of the Clerk Street shop.  My mother is now aged 97."

Peter Nimmo & Son

"I'd love to find out more about Peter Nimmo & Son.  This was  dad's main business." ***

Anne Moir (née Nimmo):  May 7, 2011

 *** I've checked in a couple of Post Office Directories (1961-2 and 1970-1) but not found this company listed.

Peter Stubbs, May 13, 2011

Recollections

4.

Lorraine Bruce (née Dutton)

Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland

Thank you to Lorraine Bruce, née Dutton, who wrote again after reading 'Recollections 3' above.

Sadly, Lorraine tells me that her father (mentioned in 'Recollections 1' above) has now died.

Lorraine wrote

Anne Moir -  Photographs

"I've been missing my father a lot recently.

I was amazed to read the comments from Anne Moir, daughter of the man who owned the shops where my father worked.  What a surprise to hear that she has photos of the inside of he shops and of the opening of the Clerk Street store.

I have no information for Anne other that that my father spoke highly of her father, and that I remember being taken to see thousands of hatchling chickens in huge round heated pens.

Is there any way that I can contact Anne?

Lorraine Bruce (née Dutton), Edinburgh:   June 14, 2011

Message for Anne Moir

I passed on the latest email address that I have for Anne Moir to Lorraine, but unfortunately Lorraine has not been able to get in touch with Anne.

So if you read this, Anne, can you please email me and let me know how Anne can contact you?

Thank you.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  June 27, 2011

Recollections

5.

Anne Moir (née Nimmo)

Thank you to Anne Moir for sending copies of the photographs and newspaper cuttings mentioned in 'Recollections 3' above, together with some comments about her father's businesses.

Hillwood Produce Co

Here is an advert for the opening of the Hillwood Produce Co shop in Clerk Street:

Official Opening

Advert for the official opening of Hillwood Produce Co roast chicken shop at 39 Clerk Street

©  Reproduced by courtesy of Evening News.   Click here for web site details.
with acknowledgement to Anne Moir for providing a copy of this photo.

Here is  photos of the Hillwood Produce Co roast chicken shops in Clerk Street., Edinburgh:

39 Clerk Street  -  New Shop

Hillwood Produce Co roast chicken shop at 39 Clerk Street

©  Reproduced by courtesy of Evening News.   Click here for web site details.
with acknowledgement to Anne Moir for providing a copy of this photo.

The article accompanying this photo mentioned that Hillwood Produce Co already had shops at Morningside and Corstorphine when the Clerk Street shop opened, and that the company's farm at Newbridge housed 42,000 chickens.

Anne Moir added:

Business Ventures

"At the peak of my father's business ventures, he owned:

-  'Hillwood Produce Co'

-  'Peter Nimmo & Sons'

-  'Easibuild', joinery contractors selling wooden sheds, coal frames and greenhouses."

Ratho

"All these businesses were situated on the same site at Ratho.  My father bought a pig farm and kept the farm-house as his main office.  Several ex-farmhands continued to live in the cottage on the land as tenants.  He built the factory, timber- yard and chicken houses on the land."

Businesses Sold

"The ill health of both my uncle Alastair Nimmo and my father Peter resulted in the joinery business being sold to 'James Whyte & Co', civil engineers, in the late-1960s.  The business went bankrupt a few years later.

The chicken business, including the four shops, was sold to Mr T Montgomery, the firm's Secretary.  Unfortunately, the shops closed a few years later:   I have no idea what happened.

I'd love to discover more about what happened to the businesses.  Sadly, my father died in 1973, a year after my uncle Alastair died, leaving us as a family with many unanswered questions as to why all the businesses were sold and lasted such a short time afterwards.

Anne Moir (née Nimmo):  Letter arrived June 30, 2011

Recollections

6.

Lorraine Bruce (née Dutton)

Dingwall, Ross & Cromarty, Scotland

Lorraine Bruce, née Dutton, replied:

Chicken

"What a lovely surprise to read 'Recollections 5' above.

I have no photographs of myself as a child but I do recall, very clearly, that there was a photograph of me with my father sitting outside the huge sheds that the 92.000 chickens were kept in.

I recall also being taken to see the little yellow chicks in their heated pens.  These all must have be part of Anne's father's business.

We stayed in a farm cottage in Ratho.  The farm was owned by the Baird Family who are based still, at Halyards farm Kirkliston. I have a feeling they would have know Anne's father as they bred chicken too -  just a thought.

Clerk Street Shop

I recall often going to see my father in the Clerk Street shop.  He was proud of the shops.  The same cook went with him.  There were two huge ovens in the back of the shops. I wish I could recall more.

I had long believed that there must be cuttings somewhere as dad was saying each time a shop opened the press were there and he was interviewed for Farm Forum. etc.

Lorraine Bruce (née Dutton), Edinburgh:   June 30, 2011

Recollections

7.

Stan Forbes

Australia

I sent the message and newspaper clippings that I received from Ann Moir (Recollections 5, above) to Lorraine Bruce.  Lorraine told me that one of the photos included her father, working in the Hillwood Produce shop at Morningside.

Lorraine sent the photograph of the Hillwood Produce shop at Clerk Street to her uncle, Stan Forbes, who was born at Boswall Place and now lives in Australia.

Stan replied to Lorraine.  Here is an extract from his letter to Lorraine:

Carpentry

"I served an apprenticeship in the Leith shipyards as a shipwright and later went to sea as a ships carpenter."

Ratho

"During one of the quieter spells in the shipyards, I was employed by Peter Nimmo of Hillwood Produce, Ratho Station Road, making garden sheds.

I remember visiting your Mum and Dad and baby Lorraine in a little farm cottage near Ratho on what might possibly have been Kirkliston Road.  I can see it in my mind's eye, as it was then, but everything has changed during the course of thirty years

It was the last opening on the right (with Corstorphine behind you) just before the big roundabout at the start of the Glasgow/Livingston motorway."

Lorraine added:

"The farm at Newbridge that I lived on as a toddler is still there, but the fields are gone.

Lorraine Bruce (née Dutton), Edinburgh,  July 2, 2011

Letter from Stan Forbes, Australia to Lorraine Bruce (née Dutton), Edinburgh,  July 2, 2011:
forwarded to me by Lorraine Bruce:   July 2, 2011

 

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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

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