'And finally, not everyone’s being doing topical. In fact, here’s the rather lovely 6 Oxgangs Avenue devoted to the history of the development of the area, this week highlighting how the block of flats came into being. Could have been prompted by Who do you think you are? Or just a timely reminder that not everything worth blogging about is in the here and now.'

Kate Higgins, Scottish Roundup 26/08/2012

Sunday, 31 January 2016

Braidburn Valley 1936

For anyone who missed this post yesterday by 'Lost Edinburgh' here's a re-post of David McLean's vignette and Mrs Elcock's charming photie:
'Braidburn Valley Park looking towards Pentland Hills, 1936. This view is looking in a southerly direction towards Oxgangs Farm - the council estate was still another 20 years away. Apart from the odd cottage or farmhouse, it was mostly green fields from here all the way to the foot of the Pentlands.When this photo was taken Braidburn Valley Park marked the edge of the city boundary. There are also tramcars running up and down Comiston Road!
Thank you to Mike Elcock, whose mother took this photo from her bedroom at 1 Greenbank Crescent.

Friday, 22 January 2016

From the City Hospital Looking Out to Oxgangs, Colinton Mains and the Pentlands 1948-1952

Reproduced with acknowledgement to Eileen Cameron, Derby, Derbyshire, England and her nurse friend from Switzerland

This fantastic photie was taken from the City Hospital grounds, between 1948 and 1952, looking out onto the Oxgangs farmland in the foreground, with a few prefabs and Colinton Mains in the middle distance to the right and the Pentlands in the far distance. It appears on Peter Stubbs' Edinburgh Photo site along with a few others sent in by a former nurse. It's really quite amazing what treasures are now appearing and being shared by people from the mists of time for others to enjoy thanks to the internet.

Thursday, 14 January 2016