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Portobello grew from a settlement founded around 1750 on the Figgate Whins, a desolate area of scrubland 3 miles east of Edinburgh. It took its name from Puerta Bella, the port in Panama that was captured from Spain by the British in 1739 and is best known as a popular beach resort. What is less well-known is that during the First World War it was home to thousands of British troops, some of whom were billeted in a former pleasure garden and others in a chocolate factory. The story of wartime Portobello makes for fascinating reading. Many Portobello residents lost their lives in the conflict, and are now commemorated by memorial monuments throughout the town. Life on the Home Front changed a great deal for Portobello's residents. Troops for a new Edinburgh battalion were recruited from an office in Portobello and, for its size; the town sent an impressive number of men and women to serve in the war. In Portobello and the Great War, authors Archie Foley and Margaret Munro document the impact of the First World War on day-to-day life in Portobello, including a selection of old photographs to show how the conflict left its mark on the people and places around the area, and personal heart-felt diary entries from the era.
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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Contains approx 200 archive images accompanied by captions. This work provides a pictorial history of Portobello, famous as a seaside holiday resort, and the adjoining parish of Duddingston, which maintains its rural village life centred around the church and the loch, despite the advance of suburbia.
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