The communities that feature in this book lie to the east of
Edinburgh and all have fallen prey over the years to its inevitable
expansion. Portobello accepted merger with Edinburgh in 1896 when
this proudly independent burgh was not only Scotland's premier
seaside resort but also boasted a strong local economy based on its
thriving pottery, brick and glass manufacturing works. All of these
underpinned a wide range of retail and commercial enterprises.
Suburban sprawl spread to the west of Portobello in the 1930s when
a mix of local authority and private housing was built over the
fields of Restalrig, Lochend and Craigentinny. This book chronicles
the early changes and also those caused by industrial collapse and
urban development from the second half of the twentieth century.
Inevitably, some of these changes have produced scars on the
landscape but there are many positive images of regeneration.
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