The last remnants of Edinburgh’s ‘welly boot’ factory

Amid the increasing number of modern retail units and apartment blocks slowly eating up gap sites in Fountainbridge for the past decade, stands the last remnants of one of Scotland’s most important industrial landmarks.

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Princes Streets gorgeous vistas are famous the world over. This photogrraph was taken c.1900. Picture: TSPL

Lost Edinburgh: The fight to keep Princes Street views

Princes Street is somewhat unique for a busy, modern, commercial thoroughfare in that it offers unobstructed, world-class panoramic vistas on one side across the former Nor’ Loch Valley. It’s hard to imagine walking along Princes Street without being able to see Edinburgh Castle, but if not for the efforts of a small band of homeowners who took their fight to the town council, our main drag’s famed outlook towards the crag and tail of the Old Town could have been blocked out by buildings.

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Video: The forgotten tunnels hidden beneath Waverley Station

THE CENTRE of Scotland’s capital city is built on many layers and levels, all of different ages, interlocking and enveloping one another; a veritable warren of subterranean secrets.

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An original sample of arsenic, a key piece of evidence in the trial of Madeleine Smith who was indicted for the murder of her lover. Picture: Toby Williams

The Glasgow woman who laced her lover’s cocoa with arsenic

IT WAS labelled as the ‘crime of the century’, and even now, 160 years on, the Madeleine Smith murder case continues to fascinate criminologists and forensic experts around the world.


Meet the family that lived on Calton Hill

PERCHED high atop Calton Hill, the Nelson Monument is one of Edinburgh’s must-visit tourist attractions, offering unrivalled panoramic vistas of the entire city and beyond.

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The Nor' Loch once filled the deep valley on the north side of Edinburgh's Old Town. Picture: National Galleries of Scotland

Five of Edinburgh’s lost lochs

FOR every hill in Scotland’s capital - and there are several - there was once twice as many lochs. Had they survived, the ‘Athens of the North’ would have had more in common with Venice.

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Beaumont Place tenements demolished - General view showing area cleared to ground level. Picture: TSPL

The ‘Penny Tenement’ collapse that changed Edinburgh forever

LIKE A dormant volcano, it was a disaster waiting to happen, but sadly the authorities failed to act in time. The Penny Tenement collapse of 1959 left 19 families homeless and prompted the eradication of Edinburgh’s slums.

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There was a public outcry when the Life Association of Scotland building was demolished in 1967. Picture: TSPL

The destruction of a Princes Street palazzo

IT HAD been labelled one of Britain’s most architecturally valuable buildings, but nothing could halt the destruction of Princes Street’s magnificent “palazzo”.

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A stretch of pavement measuring 120 yards along Queen Street was shattered in 1945. Picture: The Scotsman

The 1945 blast which shook central Edinburgh

ON THE night of 24 August 1945 the centre of Edinburgh was rocked by a colossal explosion which tore up 120 yards of Queen Street.

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The former Ramsay Tecnical College building on Inchview Terrace. Picture: Bill Henry/TSPL

When the army took over Charles’ Portobello chocolate factory

WHEN successful Galashiels cloth merchant Charles Schulze decided to open Scotland’s first continental chocolate factory in Portobello, it should have been a triumph. But within just a few short years the venture would quickly melt into a tragic case of wrong time, wrong place.

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Madame Doubtfire outside her shop in 1973. Picture: Jane Glover

How Mrs Doubtfire was based on a Stockbridge shopkeeper

GROWING up in the 1990s, I was well acquainted with the Hollywood box office hit about a cross-dressing, half-Scottish nanny played by the sorely-missed Robin Williams.

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Nirvana play in Edinburgh in 1991. Picture: Copyright Mary Boon.

Memories of Edinburgh’s most legendary gigs

THERE was a time when the city’s music aficionados didn’t have to stray too far to see their heroes.

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The interior of Drumsheugh Baths showing the 70ft pool. Picture: Kate Chandler

A trip back in time: Edinburgh’s exclusive Victorian baths

EDINBURGH’S luxurious Drumsheugh swimming baths have been a popular hotspot for well-heeled individuals for well over a century.

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The main hall for the 1886 International Exhibition filled half of the Meadows. Picture: Contributed

Surviving relics of the 1886 Edinburgh International Exhibition

MORE than 130 years since its closing night, traces of the Edinburgh International Exhibition of 1886 are easy to find if you know where to look.

Neil Guthrie's recreations of iconic scenes from the film Trainspotting have taken the internet by storm.

Trainspotting ‘then and now’ series proves online hit

A SERIES of innovative then and now photos recreating iconic scenes from the original Trainspotting film has gone down a storm on social media.

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Scotland fans show their support versus Georgia. Picture: Ian Georgeson

The origins of Scotland’s most popular football chants

WITH melodies pinched from operas, church hymns, folk songs, nursery rhymes, and patriotic Cuban anthems about elderly peasant women from Guantanamo, the origins of Scotland’s favourite terrace chants are as diverse as they are fascinating.

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19th century view of Edinburgh showing Calton Jail in the foreground. Picture: Contributed

Calton Jail’s most daring escapes

IT WAS once described as “the poorhouse of all prisons, with the cold chill of a grim fortress”. No wonder then, that so many risked life, limb and future freedom escaping Edinburgh’s notorious Calton Jail.

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Bessie Watson, aged 9, dressed for the Womens Franchise Procession and Demonstration in October 1909. Picture: The People's Story, Edinburgh Museums & Galleries

The incredible story of Bessie Watson: the youngest suffragette

SHE WAS the girl piper who joined the suffragette movement at its peak and attracted the attention of some of the most influential figures of the twentieth century.

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The famous opening scene features Renton and Spud running down Princes Street after stealing goods from John Menzies. Picture: Film4.

Five Trainspotting locations which have changed beyond recognition

IRVINE Welsh’s Trainspotting with its mean streets, drug-ridden council estates, and dodgy toilets showed the world a gritty side of Scotland’s capital they had never seen before.

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Bill and Helen Teviotdale, owners of Casey's sweet shop on St Mary's Street, stand outside their shop in 2002. Picture: Rob McDougall/TSPL

Edinburgh’s lost sweet shops remembered by city’s residents

CHOOSE sweets, choose acid drops, choose jelly babies, choose a really big gobstopper. Choose sherbert dabs, kola kubes, parma violets, Edinburgh rock and liquorice straps in a wee paper bag.

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