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Just past the Newsagent’s Shop Sign, attached to the Tenement, is where I was

Just past the Newsagent's Shop Sign, attached to the Tenement, is where I was

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1950 – born in July 1944, in my Granny’s House, in number 33 Dean Path.

In the Stair we lived above our Granny’s House, it was a Room and Kitchen.
We had a Sink at the Window and a Cast Iron Fireplace with an Oven Door on the side of it to heat or cook your food. There was also a (Two Ringed Gas Hob) in the Cupboard and in the Living Room we had a Pulley for drying our clothes. We had Gas Mantle lighting but Dad converted it to Electric in the early 1960s.

Dad put a coconut shell outside our Bedroom Window and we would put food out for the Blue Tits and they would come down the string to feed.

Within the Tenement there was a Basement and 3 other Landings which housed 30 people — 19 Adults and 11 Children (with only 4 Outside Toilets available on the Stair Landings.

We shared our Toilet with 3 other Families and there were 7 Adults and 5 Children on our Landing. The Toilet had no light, but each Landing had a Gas Mantle. Most times the Mantle was broken so it was pitch black in the toilet, so we occasionally brought a Candle or Torch with us.

The people who lived in my stair were
my granny Margaret Shaw,
3 sisters called Ina, Janet, and Jean Beveridge,
Christine Robertson, Maureen and Grace Scott,
Betty, Andrew and Mrs Jessie Ford,
Mable & her mother and Kenny her husband,
Michael, Teresa with her husband Craig Brash,
Reggie, Brian, Hughie, Mr & Mrs Young,
Sandra, Roberta, Tommy Mr & Mrs Hailstones,

Dean Village Memories Added by Dean Village Memories Attributed to: Gail Feathestonehaugh

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    Todd Nicol

    Wonderful picture of 33 Dean Path… thanks so much for sharing! My 2x great grandfather, Andrew Nicol, and his wife (Janet Steel) lived in the same building from 1883 to 1901.

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  2. Patrick McCole
    Patrick McCole

    I am a former Dean Villager having been brought up there. Over many years I have solely been responsible in co-ordinating and adding the memories/story’s/ photos/images of former Dean Villagers to Central Libraries Edinburgh Collected website to which you have clearly enjoyed seeing the picture of the building of where your 2x great grandfathers lived in Dean Path. As a child I remember the building/Tenement and Stairwell, the Stairwell lit by gas/mantles, and I remember the stone steps which were well trodden/worn before the building was demolished in the early 1960s. I used to buy Comics with my pocket money from the Newsagent Shop highlighted in the picture. Its very interesting to read that your Roots are in the Dean Village with your family living in the building from 1883 to 1901. I would be interested to hear more about your family even briefly, particularly over their 18 years living in Dean Path in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as I have no details of any of the former Dean Villagers as early as 1883, if you would like to send me an e-mail to informationdigital@edinburgh.gov.uk, Edinburgh Libraries’ Digital Team will pass it on to me.

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