Tom Watson has been digging out some excellent historic photographs of Leith and sharing them on Twitter recently. In particular, he shared some photos showing the area around the Foot of Easter road which illustrate exactly how much the area has changed. He’s kindly agreed to let us share them here, for the benefit of folk who aren’t on Twitter.
Several people have remarked on how few cars there were then – and how much better the road surface was maintained.
You can also see how many of the tenement buildings at the foot of Easter Road just aren’t there any more. Tom explains: “In the foreground of the old photo is the bridge carrying the Caledonian line, which ran from Dalry to South Leith Docks via Bonninton. 100 yards or so further on is the North British Railways bridge, across which trains from Waverley entered Leith Central station. Between the two bridges, on the right, there was a Drambuie factory!”
The next photo Tom has dug out, is taken from a different angle, whilst the area was being cleared. To help you get your bearings – the person who took this photo was standing in what is now the Tesco car park and looking towards Leith Academy.
Leith Central station was closed in 1972 and the lines serving it were subsequently removed. What a difference a few decades can make.
You can find Tom on Twitter here: @edinburghtom