Inverleith Park 1914

This description is from the City of Edinburgh Report on Public Parks, Gardens and Open Spaces, 1914, by John W M'Hattie, Superintendent of Parks and Gardens.

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Tanfield Works, 1938

At a time when the future of the Standard Life Tanfield buildings is again under discussion, it is interesting to be reminded of Tanfield's heyday as the premises of one of Edinburgh's great printing firms

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Inverleith Memories

The following excerpts are taken from the long out of print A Picture of Health by Constance Hardy (Milngavie, 1987). The author (1911-2004), a doctor herself, was married to Dr Ekke Kuenssberg. She was born and brought up in Inverleith and lived and worked in the area most of her life.

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A Cover Up - A & A Studios at Tanfield

In the early 1950s my father, a 42-year-old craftsman wigmaker, moved into the old building that still occupies the top of Canon Street. 

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Warriston and Inverleith in 1835

The old map (click here to view) of Warriston and Inverleith is taken from the plan engraved by W. H. Lizars for the Edinburgh Post Office Directory for 1835-36. It shows the extent of development before the arrival of the cemetery and the Trinity and Leith railways in the early 1840s. The plan was first issued in the Directory for 1834-35, and should therefore be fairly well up to date (there were many further issues right up until 1859, but often with only major changes indicated). These Directory plans are particularly valuable to us as most previous town plans stop at Canonmills Bridge.

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Memories of Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark, the celebrated author of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie and many other black-humoured philosophical novels, was a frequent visitor to Inverleith in her childhood.

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Robert Louis Stevenson and Inverleith

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-96), one of Edinburgh's best loved authors, ended his life in exile in the South Seas but looked back nostalgically on the city of his birth.

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The Union's Prayers Answered

Let me put my cards on the table. I'm an Inverleith fanatic and lucky enough to live on Inverleith Place. So when the opportunity arose in October 2001 to bid for St Colm's Church on Inverleith Terrace I took no persuading - and once we had viewed the building nor did my partners.

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World Exchange at St Colms

St Colm's International House, at 23 Inverleith Terrace, was built in 1908 for the training of women missionaries and in its heyday was a centre for innovation and international community.

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Sad closure of local landmark - James Cook's Antique Furniture Shop, Summer Place

We were all saddened to see the closure of James Cook's antique furniture and furniture restoration   shop early this year. The closure followed the loss of both James Cook himself   in October 2001, and his wife Irene in Febuary 2003, leaving their three sons, Murray, Graeme and Martin.

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Diary of Mary Ann Gibb, 1847

This little booklet, published in 2004, gives the text of a diary kept by Mary Anne Gibb, age 32, from London, during a visit to Scotland between 5 May and 8 July 1847, made primarily to attend a family wedding (her sister’s?).

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Lament for a Skatepark

A skateboard facility for Inverleith Park was first mooted by Edinburgh Council in 2004.

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The Highs and Lows of Inverleith in 1845

The following extracts are from a little guide by John Willox entitled The Edinburgh Tourist and Itinerary … consisting of a Series of Walks in the City, published by W. H. Lizars. It is undated but clues in the text suggest it was published in 1845.

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Warriston Community Tennis Club

The derelict tennis courts on Warriston Recreation Ground are owned by the City of Edinburgh Council’s Children and Families Department. Over the years various people have asked for the courts to be restored, but the Council have been unable to do so because of competing demands on the schools budget.

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Northern Bowling Club and Warriston Playing Field

At a meeting in November 2006 attended by representatives of the Northern Bowling Club, the schoolchild football users of Warriston Playing Field, relevant councillors, residents’ associations and the Inverleith Society the future of the Bowling Club and the uses of the playing field were discussed. 

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RBGE Gateway Project

Construction has started of an exciting new visitor facility at the West Gate of the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh.

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Warriston Cemetery

Warriston Cemetery lies just outside the Inverleith Society area, but many Inverleith residents are saddened by the appalling neglect and dilapidation in what was once one of the most cherished of Edinburgh’s Victorian cemeteries and a popular local walking place.

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