South Clerk Street
Julian Bukits has been looking into the history of South Clerk Street.
I was particularly interested to discover whether or not No 87 is likely
to have been a photographic studio. Julian
- The numbering of South Clerk St is a wee bit complicated. As
well as the northernmost section being originally known as simply Clerk
St, it was re-numbered several times during its construction.
- Before Nos 2-10 South Clerk St and the road for Hope Park Terr
were built, this ground was occupied by dwellings numbered 79-87, occupied
only by builders, smiths, coopers & plasters. Sounds more like a
collection of builders' yards to me than somewhere a well-to-do society
photographer would have his studio.
- As for George R Lawson, he
is listed on South Clerk St from 1868 until 1871, at 'newly appeared'
(temporary?) premises, at what was numbered '12'. Do you think it may be
possible that '87' lay empty until Lawson moved in in 1868, and only then
was it renumbered to 12?
The construction of the tenement numbered 12-18 didn't begin until
1872. To add to the confusion, a 'G Lawson' was listed at No 10 South
Clerk Street (part of the newly built tenement 2-10) in 1867, though I
have him listed as a baker - I can't remember why at the moment, but I did
decide that this was definitely another G Lawson.