Old Murrayfield and Corstorphine
Old Murrayfield and Corstorphine Old Murrayfield and Corstorphine. Despite not being developed extensively until the 1860s, these districts on Edinburgh's western fringe are rich in history. Starting at the former Donaldson's School for the Deaf and moving west, Robin Sherman follows a route taking in Roseburn, Coltbridge, Murrayfield, Saughtonhall, Balgreen and finally Corstorphine. Along the way he recalls many of the institutions once to be found in the neighbourhood, including the Edwardian roller skating rink in Russell Road, the Convalescent Hospital and the Astoria Cinema. There's coverage of the zoo and its history, along with photographs of the buses, trams and (later) trains that brought visitors from the city centre. Well-to-do suburban streets are illustrated before the boom in private car ownership led to modern-day traffic congestion, and here bicycles and horse-drawn carts are seen being used to make deliveries to and from neighbourhood shops. Other interesting aspects of the area's history, such as the nurseries which were located here, are included in this varied selection of images, accompanied by detailed captions.
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