Cowdenbeath in old picture postcards

Cowdenbeath in old picture postcards

:   Eric Simpson
:   Fife
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-5851-0
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9. Cowdenbeath's first railway station was located just east of Bridge Street. In 1900 a new station was built on the North British Railway line from Inverkeithing to Perth. Many Cowdenbeath postcards bear an RSO (Railway Sub-Office) postmark, indicating th at the post office was sited at the railway station. Notice the advert for Camp coffee and, on the platform, machines for giving your weight and for selling chocolate. At least five station staff are on view.

10. Back on to the High Street we see right the entrance to the railway station. Since this is a pre-tramway era photograph, the railway did good business in those days. The lads on the left are wearing knickerbockers. Strangely enough, there is not a fe male to be seen.

.7(igh Streef, loo/(ing }for/h, Cowdenbeath,

11. This is taken from the same spot as in the photo opposite. Since the tramway lines are visible, this card is evidently post-1909. Also, the house on the left is now Sharp's drapery and it was founded in 1910. Observe the garments displayed outside and th at there are no fewer than three lamps ilIuminating the shop windows. There is now also a street lamp nearby.

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12. The bar on the left (date 1902) has a masonic sign on the top corner plaque and the initials G.P. underneath. Geordie Penman was the original owner of this pub. Every eye is on the speedster urging his tast-trotting horse down the High Street. Notice that it is an overwhelmingly male audience. Where are the women and girls? In the kitchen or at some other work? The laddies on the left are well-dressed in knickerbockers, buits and bunnets. Norfolk jackets, sailor suits and Eton collars were also evidently popular.

13. The shed on the right marks the spot where Burgh Road joins the High Street. The Burgh Chambers were built in the empty ground behind the shed. Completed in 1906 the Toon Hoose gave Cowdenbeath, it was said, 'one building worthy of a visit by sightseers'. It took till1980 before being declared a 'listed building'. The cottage and the houses beyond are long since demolished.

lC .?.? a, B i.dings, Cowdenbeat

14. Now we see that the cottage mentioned in No. 13 has a pantiled roof. The Toon Hoose was built of red Dumfriesshire sandstone at a cast of f3,200. Without the railway network, it would have been uneconomic to carry stone such a distance. On opening day all the bairns got a holiday to celebrate the occasion. The pavement on the right, in this circa 1914 postcard, is fenced-off because the building behind is undergoing alteration.

15. The cottage and houses referred to in No. 13 have now been replaced by a handsome Dutch-style three-storied block of shops and houses. Beyond them is the Picture House, a more upmarket cinema than Slora's. This distinctive 1920s Art Deco building is now a socia I club. On the extreme right Singer sewing machines are being advertised. The first shop beyond the Toon Hoose is a billiard saloon.

16. In th is circa World War I postcard, th ere are tram lines, with a Toonhill-bound tram-car but no cinema. A sign on the right advertises the Cowdenbeath Printing Works, proprietor W. Fraser Simpson. And now at last some pinafore-wearing girls have appeared. Notice the difference in styles of dress in th is picture - compared to No. 15 which is late 1920s.

17. An early 1900s view of Perth Road at the junction with Alexander Street. Struan Bank, extreme right, was the residence of Dr. Primmer, whose father was a kenspeckle figure in the Church of Scotland. Later in the tramway age there was a tram passing-pi ace here known as Primmer's Loop. Beyond Valleyfield Place the street scene has been greatly altered. In the centre of the photograph a minor altercation is taking place.

18. Now we've headed east towards Lumphinnans which is in the far distance. This mining community was linked by tramcar to Dunfermline on the one hand and to Lochgelly and Kelty on the other. As with the other mining villages in the area, the pre-1914 years were a time of rapid growth. The population between 1881 and 1891 had more than doubled. The people in this busy street scene look pro spe rous enough. All the pits must have given full employment. The road is unmetalled, but the houses look new and in good condition.

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