Cannonball House stands at the foot of the Esplanade. The illustration and history of the building can be found in Jan Bondeson’s “Phillimore’s Edinburgh”
Edinburgh World Heritage is delighted to welcome Richard Rodger, Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Edinburgh, and co-author of ‘Insanitary City: Henry Littlejohn and the Condition of Edinburgh.’
Victorian Edinburgh was a melting pot of industry and people. The industrial revolution created new work, attracting migrants searching for a better life. The reality however was often different, with many families having no choice but to live in the filthy, disease-ridden, overcrowded slums of the Old Town.
In 1865, Dr Henry Littlejohn – Police Surgeon, Crown Witness, and medical advisor to the Scottish Poor Law authorities, published his Report on the Sanitary Condition of Edinburgh. His meticulous research produced penetrating insights into the links between poverty, employment and public health, and gives us a very vivid and personal picture of Edinburgh during a period of change.
Please join us to hear this inspirational story of how one man made a major difference to the lives of ordinary people.
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The illustration shows the Argyle Tower at Edinburgh Castle. Master Gunner Findlay intended to use one of the twelve-pounders standing on the Argyle Battery to fire the daily time signal. He changed his mind and decided to use the twenty-four pounder standing on the Half Moon Battery. The illustration appears in “Phillimore’s Edinburgh” by Jan Bondeson.
The cable was carried across the site where the new General Post Office was being built to the Calton Jail. From the prison the cable was carried across to the Nelson Monument on the Calton Hill.
The riggers lifted the cable from the roof of the Waverley Station on to the roof of the New Buildings which stood at the corner of the North Bridge and Princes Street.
Jan Bondeson has written an article on R.P. Phillimore the postcard artist for the “East Lothian Courier”. The photograph which appears in Jan’s book “R.P. Phillimore’s East Lothian” shows the house where the artist lived.
Jan Bondeson has written an article on the history of Dunbar for the “East Lothian Courier” https://www.eastlothiancourier.com/news/19219278.dr-jan-bondeson-dunbars-historic-landmarks/
The cable was carried from the Mound through East Princes Street Gardens to the Waverley Station. The riggers lifted it on to the roof and hauled up on to the North Bridge.
The riggers carried the cable along the path running parallel to the railway line to the Mound.
A windlass was set up on the Argyle Battery watchtower. A rope was attached to the end of the cable. The cable which was coiled around a wooden drum was lowered down to the riggers waiting below at the foot of the Castle rock in West Princes Street Gardens.