25 photos showing Leith as it looked in the 1980s - before regeneration

Much has been made of the social changes that have taken place in the regenerated Leith district in the past few decades. Some refer to it as “gentrification”...

Thursday, 26th September 2019, 11:54 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th October 2019, 3:33 pm
Workers from the Henry Robb shipyard in Leith march to demonstrate against job redundancies in April 1983.

See 25 images showing Leith as it was in its “pre-gentrification” days in the 1980s. For all the latest Scottish news, sport and features click here, or head to our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Section of the Water of Leith where it runs under the bridge at Great Junction Street, Leith, in March 1981. On the right bank, junked cars in a scrapyard.
Mothers and children at the New Kirkgate in Leith, March 1986.
Waste ground at the junction of Maritime Street, Tolbooth Wynd and Queen Charlotte Street in Leith, July 1981.

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JG Thomson and Co Ltd, whisky, spirits and wine merchants' bonded warehouse (established 1709) at The Vaults in Leith, Edinburgh. Picture taken January 1983.
Teenagers helping to clean up the Water of Leith remove abandoned tyres from the river during Operation Riverbank in May 1983.
The sludge vessel MV Gardyloo,arrives at Leith docks in May 1983.
The derelict warehouses at Commercial Wharf by the Water of Leith, February 1982.
Exterior of Todd's building at the corner of Prince Regent Street Leith, August 1982.
The Cavern Bar in Bernard Street Leith was the first pub licensed to open at 8 am in April 1981. By 8.05, Customers Doug Affleck and Tom Henderson had their first pint of beer in their hands.
Rubbish piles up on the kerb at Great Junction Street during the binmen's strike in November 1987. Picture: TSPL
Restaurateur Tommy Miah (right) taking Maureen the Robert Brothers' circus elephant to the Raj Indian restaurant in Leith, March 1986.
A waterfront wine bar, a sign of Leith's regeneration in March 1986.
Two elderley women chatting by the Water of Leith, with the Cooperage in the background, March 1986. Picture: TSPL
Traffic in Leith walk, looking towards the multi-storey flats in March 1986. Picture: TSPL
Exterior of Leith Central railway station at the junction of Duke Street and Leith Walk, October 1985.
Interior of the derelict Leith Central railway station at the junction of Duke Street and Leith Walk, October 1985.
Firemen attend the fire at the Courage private sports centre in Easter Road, Leith, March 1984.
Henry Robb's Shipyard, Leith, January 1984. Workers demonstrating in the yard. Picture: TSPL
The gathering spot - Men wearing caps, standing at the foot of Leith Walk, Edinburgh, October 1983. Picture: TSPL
Derelict lock-up garages at the junction of Sloan Street and Lorne Street in Leith, March 1987. Picture: TSPL
New housing built at The Shore at Leith, June 1987. Picture: TSPL
Lawrie Reilly, legendary Hibs football player (one of the Famous Five) behind the bar of his Leith pub the Bowlers' Rest in August 1985. Picture: TSPL
Colin Bellett (right) and Gleeson's John McEwan enjoy the view from the newly-refurbished Persevere Court tower block in Leith, September 1989. Other tower block is Citadel Court.
Andy Barlow, then manager of the Boundary Bar in Leith, standing outside his pub with the original brass Leith/Edinburgh boundary sign in March 1989. Picture: TSPL
A 63ft section of wall collapsed at Leith Central station, hitting James Duncan's taxi and David Ross's Ford Fiesta car in March 1989. Picture: TSPL