Cables Wynd House, better known as the Leith Banana Flats or as the Banana Block because of its curved shape, is a nine story local authority block in Leith, Edinburgh.
Take a look and see how they’ve changed, and stayed the same, since they were built in 1965.
View of the flats being built at Cables Wynd in Leith, May 1965 Here you can see the new flats being built at Cables Wynd as part of the redevelopment of Leith in January 1966 Children playing in a park in Henderson Gardens, Leith. Cables Wynd Banana Flats in the background. Mrs Mary Eves can be seen here in the kitchen of her new home at Cables Wynd in April 1966 Mrs Mary Eves relaxing in her sitting room at her new home, knitting by the fireplace. April 1966 The flats have been used twice by writer Irvine Welsh - first as the home of Simon ‘Sick Boy’ Williamson in Trainspotting and during filming for Wedding Belles, also created by Irvine Welsh In 2012, a fire broke out in a second floor flat at Cables Wynd House. Here, the fire service can be seen responding to the emergency The nine storey building is home to 212 flats which, at the time they were built, offered families improvement over the overcrowding and slum housing conditions. 2015 In this picture you can see the front of the banana flats in all their brutalist glory, 2017 The banana flats got their name due to their curved shape. This is a view of the nine storey building in 2018