October 11, 2005 at 12:33 pm #708171PunchbowlParticipant
Anyone know this building in Portobello?
It;s part of a lovely old row of shops on Lennox street and I’ve always been fascinated by it’s old world make up.
Anyway, I pass it every day and would love to be able to bore my companions with some info on it.
October 11, 2005 at 1:04 pm #762455ctesiphonParticipant
I know it well, and have often wondered about it too, particularly that unusual sheeting on the top floor- looks a bit like an old iron water-tank (though obviously isn’t- who’d glaze over one?!). The whole area is fascinating for having a few former shops like this one converted to full residential use- gives a feel for the time when ‘just popping around the corner to the shop’ wasn’t just a figure of speech, and when there was a butcher, a baker and a candlestick maker around those corners, rather than a takeaway and an off-licence.
But I can’t answer your question, I’m afraid- just taking the opportunity to remember when I lived not too far away from there.
Has it recently had a facelift? Don’t remember the windows being casement, and I thought there was a name on the fascia above the shopfront (though I could be thinking of a neighbouring building- a graphics shop springs to mind…?).
October 11, 2005 at 1:58 pm #762456PunchbowlParticipant
I think it may have had a light facelift, but I didn’t see them do it!!…
Here’s the row.. Still in varied commercial use thankfully
October 11, 2005 at 3:24 pm #762457Paul ClerkinKeymaster
a lovely quiet corner of the city
October 12, 2005 at 6:43 pm #762458GrahamHParticipant
Indeed, it’s strange to walk off the bustling main streets here and suddenly find yourself on quiet little residential roads, all of warm mellowed brick and little green lampposts 🙂
That looks like part of a railway bridge tacked on to that shop! The owner would probably have a great story of intrigue and scandal to tell about it if you asked nicely Punchbowl.
Lovely terrace of shops and display windows – pity about those upstairs.
October 13, 2005 at 1:03 am #762459AnonymousParticipant
One suspects Paul Arnold’s influence
October 13, 2005 at 1:21 am #762460ctesiphonParticipant
How do you mean, TP?
Also, Paul, I thought you were going to have the answers. Bah!
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