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It's Friday, so let's start the day with a #NowAndThen animated transition to visualise a bit of local history. This view shows Jock's Lodge toll house in the mid-late 19th century, looking east down the Portobello Road at Willowbrae. 🧵👇
The original image is from Old & New Edinburgh by James Grant, published 1885. The tollhouse is in the middle of the image, you can see the barriers, one on each side of the cottage, and another on the left of the road. Jock's Lodge tollhouse and the Portobello Road, 1885. © Edi
Other features we can see are what was the Jock's Lodge Tavern (for now, The Willow), with a cavalryman from Piershill Barracks standing outside. The belfry belongs to the barracks chapel. Jock's Lodge public house, a cavalry trooper, the belfry of
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📢The time has come to create a chronological thread of all my other threads to help keep track of everything.
📥If you ever feel like helping out, here's a link to my collection tin which goes a bit towards the costs of archives, subscriptions & books
March 2018. The tread about Restalrig, Lochend, the Logans and their place in Early Modern Scottish History.…
March 2018. The thread about the Lost Streets of Leith.…
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It's fittingly dark and late, but here follows the story of the Zeppelin air raid on Edinburgh and Leith of 2-3 April 1916. It's a long-ish story which I'll break it down into 3 parts and hopefully I can clarify a few points and add some extra details to other versions of it 🧵👇
Part 1. Prelude.
The frightening and fascinating new technology of Zeppelins burst quite literally into the British public consciousness on 19-20 January 1915 when an attack on Great Yarmouth, King's Lynn and Sheringham left 4 dead and 15 injured.
Follow up raids are a failure, until bigger and more capable Zeppelins arrive and in April and May 1915 towns across the southeast of England from Ipswich to Dover are targeted and hit. 3 are killed and there is public outrage. (📷© IWM Q80142)
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It's been a while since I made a #nowandthen image transition, so have yourselves one showing the "new" (old) Gaelic Chapel at the top of what was Horse Wynd, now slap bang in the middle of Chambers Street (original image…)
This is one of a pair of images in the National Galleries of Scotland collection made by Archibald Burns about 1868 or 9. The other is here and is taken looking along what is now Chamber's Street, with Horse Wynd running downhill to the right…
We can see that the church was a relatively plain and roughly finished 2-storey, 5 bay building, with its better face to the front and Horse Wynd.
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A wee #nowandthen animated gif to start the day
Where are we this morning? Well, it's now just an extension of George IV Bridge, but in 1912 it was a street in its own right known as Lindsay Place, in a now forgotten neighbourhood called Society
Quick history. Society referred to the "Fellowship and Society of Ale and Beer Brewers of the Burgh" who were chartered in 1598 to have the supply monopoly for "good and sufficient ale" for the burgh, and granted land on this site to do it.
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Just came across an amazing but bittersweet video. The launch of the Sealink ferry MV St. Catherine from Henry Robb's yard in Leith on 30th March 1983. The 2nd last ship ever launched by Robb's and also therefore built in Leith.
It's filmed from the top of one of the yard cranes, so has a spectacular vantage point, but you can hear everything from the clapping and cheering of the crowds, the howl of the wind and of course the blast of the ferry's siren as she slips into the dock basin.
Check out those brave souls in the moving cage suspended from the crane!
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#Nowandthen at Granton. A BR Standard Class 5 picks its way across the transfer tracks at Granton Middle Harbour. This was the main point of goods transfer in Edinburgh between the old North British/LNER and Caledonian/LMS systems.
Maybe this is a bit better scaled, h/t @DonnyEdinaloka
In 1980, the rails still led as far as a Texaco fuel depot where Saltire Street now is. The direct line from Roseburn was long gone, so the approach was along the shore at Wardie then across Lower Granton road, as we see a railtour doing here #nowandthen
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Been talking about Sandport Street in Leith. From one direction, nothing has really changed at first glance #nowandthen
But from the other, everything has... #nowandthen (sorry about crummy perspective mash)
And it's been a while since "Tam's Bar" served those Wm. Younger Sparkling Ales
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