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Scotland and its history / Writings · 14 December 2022

Scotland and its History.(Morningside)

A former village serving several farms and estates in the area, in the 19th century it developed as a residential suburb, thanks to the arrival of a railway service and other transport improvements.

Morningside is now a local government ward with a population of around 33,000 people living in a mixture of villas, tenement flats and more modern housing – all centred around the main shopping street of Morningside Road.

We’ve trawled through our picture archives to bring you photos of Morningside through the years.

Tramlines in the cobbles
Tramlines, now long-since closed, in the cobbles close to Morningside Road. in Edinburgh.
Morningside Station
Passengers leaving the busy platform at Morningside Station, Edinburgh in 1961.
Church Hill shopping centre
A view of Church Hill shopping centre, during the Church Hill shopping festival in the 1960s.
Photo: Stan Warburton
South Morningside School
Children sit in a tiered or “galleried” classroom at South Morningside School in the 1950s.
Morningside from above
A view of Morningside showing the area along Comiston Road. Cluny Church is at the bottom right of the photograph.
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