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Edinburgh Then And Now

Edinburgh Then And Now

Edinburgh Then and Now charts the city from the nineteenth century, with its smoky Victorian reputation as ‘Auld Reekie’, to the present day. Using atmospheric archive photography dating back to 1860, it shows the evolution of the city through the Victorian and Edwardian eras, two World Wars and touches on the social changes of the 1960s. Over 70 historic photos of Edinburgh’s past are paired with specially commissioned contemporary views take from the same vantage point. It features both old and new parts of the city, plus the port of Leith and the Forth Rail Bridge. At its heart is the Royal Mile and Princes Street featuring John Knox’s house. There are historic images of Cowgate, Canongate, Lawnmarket, Grassmarket, Charlotte Square, Holyrood House and the old Holyrood Brewery, now the site of the Scottish Parliament. Edinburgh (Then and Now).


The Illustrated History of Edinburgh's Suburbs shows how the countryside, farms and villages developed into urban streets, residential areas, shopping districts and industrial estates that are so familiar today. In the course of the last 150 years the outskirts of the city have been transformed, and they have expanded, in a way that would astonish Edinburgh residents of just a few generations ago.In this detailed and fully illustrated account of the suburbs, Sandy Mullay not only offers a concise history of each district, but he also features local anecdotes, myths and folklore, and he remembers remarkable, sometimes bizarre, episodes and notable individuals who played their part in the story. His survey will be essential reading and reference for everyone who takes an interest in their neighbourhood and in the complex, surprising history of the city itself.Recalled in this account are the origins and development of districts as diverse as Trinity, Warriston, Drylaw, Blackhall, Comely Bank, Murrayfield, Dairy, Stenhouse, Craiglockhart, Redford, Morningside, Newington, Liberton, Craigmillar and Portobello." The Illustrated History of Edinburgh's Suburbs" records, in words and photographs, the impact made on the city by an ever-increasing population and changes in industry, at work and in the home. In particular it describes the process of urbanization that encroached on the countryside and gave birth to the city suburbs of today. The book gives a keen insight into the development of each district and into the expansion that created new communities and absorbed the old. The Illustrated History of Edinburgh's Suburbs.

Bygone Edinburgh. Edinburgh is a city of two halves: the mediaeval city with its twisting lanes dominated by the castle and St Giles and the New Town, constructed predominantly in the 18th century, with its grandiose terraces and wide streets. As well as being Scotland's capital, also called 'the Athens of the north', Edinburgh is a major commercial and industrial city with large suburbs and a port area on the south side of the Forth estuary. In order to function as a city, Edinburgh needed an efficient public transport network and, with a network of suburban railways, now largely closed, and trams and buses courtesy of the Corporation, the city was able to operate effectively. Bygone Edinburgh is a follow-up to Gavin Booth's Streets of Edinburgh, recording Edinburgh in the period between 1945 and 1980, and like the earlier book, shows the ever changing streetscape of the city. Many of the 85 colour illustrations are previously unpublished and include some aspect of public transport, such as the trams (but only until 1956, when the final trams were withdrawn) and buses, with other photographs showing a wider variety of subject, including railway and street scenes. The "Streets Of" and "Bygone" series have tapped into a rich seam of nostalgia for the lost towns and cities of the British Isles, appealing both to the transport enthusiast who find the historic views of buses and trams of interest, but also to a local audience who are fascinated by the snapshot that the books offer to their home towns. This new addition to a successful series will be sought after by all those who know Edinburgh and those with an interest in its history. Bygone Edinburgh.

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