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Old Calder Road from Broomhouse Road towards the City.

1968
Old Calder Road from Broomhouse Road towards the City.

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From Broomhouse Road to the Longstone Road junction, down the left hand side, was a grassy area with a few trees in front of the houses then St. Josephs Roman Catholic Primary School.

The patch of grass from here to the Longstone Road Junction had been part of the grounds of Saughton House destroyed by fire in 1918.(further details in my Social Events Scrapbook)

On the right hand side were the houses of the Sighthill and Parkhead Estates built between 1934 and 1945 with a few shops at the top of Parkhead Gardens.
Going towards City the shops were as follows:-

Tarrys Chip Shop run by an Italian family called Tartaglia who lived in the upstairs of the house next door. This later became the Post Office.

Hewitts the Butcher

Newsagent /Post Office run firstly by a Mr White then an ex-policeman called Mr Patterson.

Johnstones Grocery/Sweet shop which was double fronted.

Yardleys Drapers selling baby clothes.

Barbers/Ladies Hairdresser ( Etta’s ) which later became W P Harrowers the Bookies.

The Silver Wing was and still is round the corner

On the opposite corner was St Cuthberts Co-op whose various departments included Butchers, Fishmongers, Fruiterers, Grocery and Chemist.

After the Shops were the rest of the Parkhead Estate houses down to Longstone Road.

My thanks to Bill Lamb for these details.

Stuart Laidlaw Added by Stuart Laidlaw

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