'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

Friday, 27 July 2018

Oxgangs - A Pastime From Time Past #1

'For men and women are not only themselves; they are also the region in which they are born, the city apartment or farm in which they learnt to walk, the games they played as children, the old wives tales they overheard, the food they ate, the schools they attended, the sports they followed, the poets they read, and the God they believed in. It is all these things that have made them what they are, and these are the things that you can't come to know by hearsay, you can only know them if you have lived them.'

W. Somerset Maugham, The Razor’s Edge, 1943  
Each Sunday an extract from the book, 'The Stair An Oxgangs Childhood 1958-1972' will be published to help stimulate discussion and encourage people from throughout the world to record their memories, stories, experiences, photographs and other memorabilia of Oxgangs and the surrounding area leaving a valuable legacy for the future.

Oxgangs Mains, ploughing in November near the Pentland Hills 1932 (Photographer Unknown, Edinburgh Libraries and Galleries and Museums Collection)

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