Edinburgh South Side by Jack Gillon & Fraser Parkinson book review ​Tuesday 16th May 2017



Edinburgh South Side Through Time is the latest title in the successful “Through Time” series by Amberley Publishing, released on 15th May. 

Written by local authors Jack Gillon and Fraser Parkinson, this interesting book is full of photos showing how the area has changed over the years, and telling the history of many of the streets and buildings. 

Following slum clearances in the 1950s and 1960s, expansion plans by the university, and the proposed six-lane bypass road cutting right through the South Side, the area then being designated as a Conservation Area in 1975 resulted in many of the remaining buildings being renovated rather than demolished and helped the regeneration of the area. 

If you’re not old enough to remember the area as it was, this book gives a fascinating glimpse into the past, and for those of us who are old enough it will bring back many memories of the old South Side before it was changed forever by demolition and rebuilding.  Remember Parkers, St Cuthbert’s (always known as “the store”), the old buildings of Bristo Street, Crichton Street and the Dumbiedykes?  They’re all here, along with many other fondly remembered and long gone streets and buildings. 

Edinburgh South Side Through Time is a great addition to the bookshelves of anyone interested in Edinburgh’s history. 

To order your copy on Amazon use this link


Review by Lisa Sibbald

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