For our new year post we thought we’d share these photos that give an impression of how The Shore area of Leith has changed over the years.
You can use the slider in each photo to flip between a historical photo and a current photo taken at approximately the same spot.
Its surprisingly difficult to take photos that get exactly the same perspective, so please forgive us if they don’t match up perfectly.
The first pair of photos above are the most far apart.
You can tell from the number of ships that are moored, and the water level, that this image dates back before the water level was controlled by a lock at the mouth of the harbour.
But, although this photo is old, it’s remarkable how little has really changed.
On the west bank of the river you can see Customs House, which the council recently bought using Common Good funds.
The skyline of the buildings on the east bank is also broadly the same, even if the uses the buildings are put to today are no doubt different.
This “then and now” shot illustrates how where The Shore really has changed. Gone are the warehouses and workshops along the edge of the water. In their place stand new blocks of flats. The older photo must have been taken after 1962, as that’s when Cable’s Wynd House was built.
The last pair of photos below, which looks down river toward the docks can be dated more precisely, because the person who kindly posted it to Flickr, says it was taken in September 1988.
Thanks alljengi for posting this photo with a Creative Commons license.
Again many of the buildings remain the same, although again flats have replaced the large warehouse on the east bank.
A note on copyright. The historic photos in this post are available on other places in the internet, but we’ve been unable to contact the copyright holder of the top two, older images, if indeed they are still in copyright.
If you are the copyright holder, or you know how to get in touch with the copyright holder of those two photos, we hope you’ll forgive our republishing them, and we’ll be happy to give credit where it’s due if we can identify the right people to credit. If you have any information about the photos please do get in touch.