The artist also specialised in depicting views of Edinburgh. The postcard is one of the many featured in Jan Bondeson’s ‘Phillimore’s Edinburgh’.
The eighteen-pounder standing on the Half Moon Battery pointed east. It was said that the station master at North Berwick set his clock when he heard the signal. Jan Bondeson’s ‘East Lothian’ is now available in the bookshops. The book contains the work of R.P. Phillimore the postcard artist who lived in the town.
The illustration shows the main street in Newhaven.
Edinburgh Castle has now re-opened to visitors. The One o’ Clock Gun exhibition which was set up by the One o’ Clock Gun Association in collaboration with Historic Scotland stands on the Mills Mount Battery.
King James IV set up a shipbuilding yard at Newhaven in 1506. The shipyard contained a chapel for the shipwrights. The ruins can been seen standing between the two cottages.
Newhaven was the main fishing village on the south bank of the Firth of Forth not far from Granton and Leith.
Trinity House which stands in the Kirkgate was built in 1816 on the site of a former Trinity House and hospital dating back to the 16th century. The building was designed by Thomas Brown.
Leith High School was built in 1806.
South Leith Church dates back to the 15th century.
Leith Town Hall was built in 1828. The town’s police station was situated in the building. The Edinburgh Street Tramways Company laid a line between Bernard Street in Leith and Haymarket at the city’s west end in 1871.