Tag: Written 2020
The thread about the wealthy inventor, the Bard, the first steamboat, the paddle-powered Georgian warship, the Kings of Denmark and Sweden and what any of this has to do with turnips
The thread about the little suburban “Jewel Carriageway”, how its curious street names came to be and what became of a lost mining village
The thread about Leith’s disappeared Eagle Buildings; the company that supplied all the cement for the Forth and first Tay Bridges; and what has been watching you from up high on Rose Street
The thread about an old photo of the Shore in Leith, exploring the myriad of details that it contains and looking for clues to try and date when it was taken
The thread about the Edinburgh Emigration Home for Destitute Children and the evangelical women who helped “poor homeless and destitute” girls to new lives in Canada
The thread about Leith Fort; why and where it was built, what it was armed with and why it soon had to be abandoned as a defensive position
The thread about Leith shipping owners, their pivotal part in 20th century industrial whaling, the penguins of Edinburgh Zoo and the city’s “homes for heroes”
The thread about the last days of the old Edinburgh and Leith tramway network; how and why the system was deliberately run down at breakneck speed
The thread about a remarkable view of Edinburgh in 1750; what we can see of a city whose landscape was about to be changed forever
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