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George Burns Grocery & Confectionery Shop, Dean Path, Dean Village.

1951
George Burns Grocery & Confectionery Shop, Dean Path, Dean Village.

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My parents, Robert and Ann Burke, rented 13 Dean Path Buildings from 1947 until July 1957.

From 1948 until 1951, the flat lay empty because my Mother was in Hospital suffering from tuberculosis and my Father was in the Merchant Navy.

My first memory of the Dean was returning with my Mother in 1951 to see our flat and being taken into the back shop by Mrs Burns ( Shop shown in centre of above photograph ) and given tomato soup and a roll for lunch. It was a good start.

Our flat consisted of a living room with a bed recess and an open fire, a very small scullery with a gas cooker and a porcelain sink with a cold water tap, a bedroom a toilet and a coal cupboard. My parents installed a geyser for hot water.

When not in school I played with Lesley Findley – Dean Path Buildings , Carol Smith, Merris McLeod – Dean Path Buildings and Cherry Gibson – Well Court.

In the Dean Village we played houses and shops, ball and skipping games, hide and seek, peevers and chasing games.

If there was snow we sledged on coal shovels on the High Green, Hawthorn Area, Dean Village.

Once Mrs Gibson who was a War Widow ( Well Court ) and her mother took us all to a hut they had at Hillend, Edinburgh. We had a glorious day.

One of the two Tannery horses had a blue and a brown eye !

I remember taking our food waste to galvanised bins beside the Police Box ( opposite the Dean School ). I think it was collected for pig swill. The sole Telephone box was also on this Site.

Dean Village Memories Added by Dean Village Memories Attributed to: Margaret Burke

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    Kieran Turner

    Does anyone remember who had the grocer’s before Mr Burns — or if there was another grocer in the Dean Village in the earlier part of the C20th?

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  2. Patrick McCole
    Patrick McCole

    Between the 1930s to the late 1960s there were a total of 7 Shops that Traded in the Dean Village over these 4 decades. Mr Burns Grocers Shop in “Dean Path” is shown in the photo/image as shown above. Having been brought up in the Dean Village from 1949 until I left to get married in 1975 I never ever heard of another previous Grocer before Mr Burns, however if you check the Valuation Rolls on Scotlands People website 1855-1940 they have lists of the Owners, Tennant’s and other Occupiers of Buildings and other Properties which may be helpful. If you look closely at the image of Mr Burn’s Shop which is located on the right there is another Grocers Shop attached to the left and this was occupied by Granny McDougal in the 1940s. In the 1930s there was another Grocers Shop located at the foot of Bells Brae. There was also a Newsagent Shop at the top of Dean Path run by a relative of Granny Dougal with the surname of Robertson until the early 1960s which was located in a Tenement, this Tenement was demolished in the early 1960s. Another Shop in Dean Path in the 1960s was owned by the Legget Family who owned the Tannery from 1836 – 1971, they sold finished products from their Trade, fleece lined Jackets etc. etc., There was another Grocers Shop in Damside with various owners from the 1930s to the late 1960s called Mr Binnie, Mr Clelland and latterly a Mr Burnside who after School at the age of 14 I worked for delivering groceries to Villagers Houses. There was another Shop in West Mill lane which opened in the 1930s/1940s and re-opened briefly again in the late 1950s, however I am unable to provide any details apart that I remember they sold a fizzy drink called “Vimto” which was similar to Lemonade .

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