Tuesday, 27 April 2010

LOWER WHITFIELD - 1986

This is how I remember Whitfield, the 80's being the last time I was there.
It's difficult to get a similar angle on Google Street View for a comparison, but I reckon this was probably taken around the Murrayfield Place area, looking over to the shops in Whitfield Drive. You can make out the building that is the Library & Learning Centre, just at the base of the tower block.
Not sure if the Whitfield Bar is in shot.
Most of the "flat roof" look has since disappeared or been redesigned. So much so that I've been told that some Whitfield residents now refer to it as being the West Ferry!
They must have redesigned the map while they were at it!!
This image was taken on 8th March 1986.
Photo by Neale Elder

33 comments:

  1. West Ferry is what the residents of Spam Valley call themselves. Spam Valley being Hawick Drive area at the back of Whitfield

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  2. Was that shopping precinct where a CO-OP was? It would be facing the camera in this shot? Not sure.

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  3. great picture ,hope there more to come of parts of whitfield
    looks like this was taken from the top end of murryfield walk (near the quarry).
    the big block to the right had side is murryfield quare,
    the flat roofed house in the picture now have pitched roofs on them
    the block to the left of the multi is part of salton cresent and the one to the right was part of ormiston cresent

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  4. Very brutal image. Reminds me of some of the housing estates on the outskirts of Moscow.

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  5. Whitfield bar is in the shot. White building with cars in front at left hand side of picture.

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  6. pal's sister used to live in one of the skarne blocks - fab houses inside but.... however never felt any fear walking home to douglas at the time. would be a bit wary now!!

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  7. The Skarne , was a total success in Sweden too, still is, wonder why ?

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  8. My Granny Lived in the first multi you see in the shot. Kellyfield Court.

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  9. The doctors surgery was there as well. In one of the houses near the road in the middle of the picture.

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  10. Those houses front of shot are Murrayfield Gardens. The furthest away is number 21....It's my old house!! Bloody awful damp ridden thing but we had some good times. As the earlier contributor says ...Whitfield Bar and shops in photo too. Quarry is a good bit to the laft though!

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  11. I was brought up in Fintry, and went too my first school..St Lukes.
    I can remember the farms that were there originally. Whitfield was all berry and tattie fields. We used to watch the tattie pickers from our class. When you think that now there is nothing like the good auld berry pickers eh ?

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  12. Anyone remember the Skarne street names?

    The one's I can remember so far:

    Inveresk Crescent
    Ormiston Crescent
    Sulton Crescent
    Tranent Crescent
    Haddington Crescent
    Dunbar Crescent
    Aberlay Crescent
    Carberry Crescent

    There is 3 street names I can't remember:

    The One inbetween Sulton and Haddington crescent?

    The one across from Ormiston/Inveresk?

    And the one next to Aberlady crescent? (not Dunbar), think it was May-something.

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  13. Mind seeing place back in 91 when they started demolishin', names I recall:

    Gosford (1st on left Berwick Drive after Fintry)
    Gifford (last on left near Tarzan-hill!)
    Cranson
    Inveresk
    Ormiston
    Salton (otherside o foot Bridge over Berwick Drive joining Carberry)
    Tranent
    Haddington
    Dunbar
    Aberlady
    Carberry.

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    1. Tarzan's hill i think not.Its Tarzee's Island.

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  14. Great pic, brings back memories, gonna try and get more in the comming weeks, i stayed in the large block at the right hand side, it was an L-shaped building and was Murryfield court, there was another block further to the left that had 3 sides to it, this one was called murryfield square ;)

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  15. My family left Whitfield for Kirkton in 1979 and I remember having a wonderful time growing up there as a child. We lived in lower Whitfield at 13 Whitfield Terrace. Our neighbours were great and Ajaz ran the Spar at the end of the street. I remember the egg van coming and all the mums would get eggs every day in the afternoon. My brother and I would spend a great deal of time in the playparks on Whitfield Loan and Maybole place. I went to Kellyfield Primary and it was a nice modern school. Granny Edwards lived across the street from us in the "old peoples' maisonette and she was really nice to all of us. My father fixed her electric kettle once. I remember what we referred to as "The Big Shops"-Officially known as The Whitfield Shops. Just before Christmas 1978, I went to the Co-Op with my mother and I remember her ruefully complaining "You can only get two bags of messages for ten pounds these days". My brother and I got into a great deal of trouble once because we started a bonfire with a bunch of friends near to the Kellyfield Hotel in the woods and the fire brigade came. We used to go to the Montpelier House all the time and borrow library books. My Aunt Pam lived in the Skarne-in Haddington Crescent and her house was quite nice. My sister went to Greenfield Primary on Aberlady Crescent until Kellyfield was built in 1972 and one of our friends, Andrew Kennedy went to St. Matthews. Remember Tarzan's Island? Someone mentioned it here. My brother and I would go there all the time and I was truly convinced that Tarzan really lived there! I think it is too bad that the city council knocked down most of the buildings. I think with the right people and with upgrades, the area could have stayed nice.

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    1. Darren we lived at 17 Whitfield Terrace, across from you.....I remember your sister Veronica? as well as all the other neighbours! I remember living in Whitfield in the 70s as being great and we also moved away in 1979 the Menzieshill. Very sad to see that all the old buildings and play parks have been knocked down, the place looks depressing!

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    2. It's great to hear that you remember us. Yes my sister is Veronika. You can email me to let me know who you are. I remember the Greens moving to Menzieshill around '79.

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  16. Darren, Ajaz still has the Spar. It sticks out like a sore thumb now as the entire surrounding area was levelled a few years ago. He's hanging on waiting for the redevelopment but it's tough going. I grew up in Kilwinning Place (also gone) and we moved into one of the semi's in Strathaven Terrace. I spent 23 years in that area and it was a great place to grow up. My parents are still in the same house. It's a sterile, boring place now, fine for older families.

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  17. The blocks are Murrayfield Court. I live there for a number of years. Neightbours where the Suttenwoods, the Irvins, Kat Courley etc. Good times mostly.

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  18. I actually lived in the manse next door to Whitfield parish church. My Dad was the minister there. We left in 1977 I think.

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    1. You must've had a bro Euan eh wiz at the greenie wi him.

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    2. Your Dad must be Hugh. He was a great Minister and a great man. Remember his always being out and about and us all going on bus trips in the summer he had organised on a beat up old bus. Is he still around?

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  19. I believe this is the same view, unfortunately it could do with a couple steps to the left, but Google haven't photographed that. yet...

    maps.google.com

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  20. My mother lived in Murrayfield Walk for a few years - about 3rd floor in a block.
    I remember looking down on flat roofs below and wondering what fools approved that design - most of them had a pond on them.

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  21. I was 2 at the time of this photo my family stayed at 68 murrayfield court.Scott Adams my mum and dad are Sheila and johnny Adams

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    1. i stayed at number 68 aswell
      the courty
      good days
      adso

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  22. Wow, it was good to hear back from someone; please email me and let me know who you are. Indeed Veronika is my sister. I remember the Coopers, the Clarks and the Greens living across from us.

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  23. I lived in 77 inveresk crescent when I was a kid my dad was a single parent to me and my brother have some memories of it especially. The fire in the landing loved being in the fire truck lol

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  24. I stayed at number 19 from 1968 (4 month old, moved out in 1885,age 16). Never been back,the place could burn down for all I care. YOS.

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  25. My dad called it hells kitchen. Anybody remember the nut who got stuck in the duct for the laundromat,he tried to break into the chippy,ended up in the 'washy' had to get the polis + fireez to save him. Ha Ha.

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  26. I'm Scott (fino ) Finlay and I still live in Whitfield started in 1970 in 15b Whitfield court movin too 2d greenfield court in 78 coz mum Francis Finlay could not get a shower no pressure 15 up it was the best skeme ever havin the country side rite by the skeme if you wanted to party this was it drinkin beer and smokin hash pills and thills magic mushrooms too the friends' I had stuck by me through thick and thin Jim (hendo)Henderson and Cameron Mitchell n Davie (skinny) Leighton Richard (grubby)Grubb had great time's

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