Film: 3229

Places + Locations | 1960 | Sound | Colour

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Edinburgh Scotland 1960's

Opening shot of Edinburgh Castle from Lothian Road. Holyrood Palace with Arthur's Seat in background. Long Shot of Princes Street with North British Hotel Clock prominent. Royal Scottish Academy on Princes Street. Royal Mile. Stewart's Melville school. Long Shot of Edinburgh Castle, Dunsapie Loch near Arthur's Seat. Ancient map showing construction of New Town. Edinburgh Castle from Grassmarket. Bottom of Morrison Street. New Town and Charlotte Square in detail. Fish wife with basket arrives at door of house in New Town. Close up of fish-wife. Cut to shot of multi-storey/high rise flats. North Bridge overlooking Arthur's Seat with traffic including buses crossing. Waverley Station built on reclaimed land. North Bridge. Waverley train station, Calton Hill with unfinished memorial built to commemorate Scottish soldiers killed in the Napoleonic Wars and Tower commemorating Nelson's victory. Melville Column in St. Andrew's Square built in 1772 which became centre for commercial and banking services in Scotland. Bank of Scotland. Headquarters in St. Andrew's Square. St. Andrews House, at this time headquarters of Scottish Government Departments.
Churches, Cathedrals Steeples. Scottish industry and commerce. Brewing of beer. Printing press showing maps being printed. First printing press in Scotland set up in 1507. Shot of old "Scotts Porridge Oats" packet. Machinery making wire cloth used in paper manufacture. Paper making process. Pickfords transportation vehicle reg no. TGJ 681 moving large electrical transformer.
Ship being constructed at Leith Harbour. Kiln producing Cathode Ray Tube at glassmakers. Production of nuclear equipment (unspecified). Further aspects of industry in Scotland. Tape recorder used to control production. Tyre production. Young women in catering uniforms preparing packaging for shortbread. Conveyor belt with shortbread cans. Edinburgh University founded 1583. University Professors in gowns entering Greyfriars Bobby Churchyard. George Heriots schoolyard and schoolboys in uniform. Donaldson Hospital set up to help deaf and dumb/disabled children.
Good panning Daniel Stewart's School. Fettes College attended by Tony Blair. Modern comprehensive, schoolchildren playing, schoolchildren in procession entering The National Gallery in the Mound. Paintings in Gallery: Tintoretto's Altarpiece, El Greco's 'St Jerome', a Degas portrait, Gauguin's 'Vision After The Sermon' and Teploe's 'The Finding of Moses'. Train entering Waverley Station, passengers leaving station. Brief shot of Bubble Car, old Edinburgh taxi cab. Cobbled street on Waverley Bridge, subsequently tarmaced. Old taxi reg OGW 910 on bridge. Edinburgh Castle reflected in shop window in Princes Street. Several shots of old Edinburgh buses cars and pedestrians along Princes Street. Shot of the Mound leading to the High Street. Various shots of Princes Street from higher viewpoint. Second shot of Royal Scottish Academy. Bottom half of Scott Monument. Princes Street Gardens adjacent to Waverley Station including West Gardens with famous floral clock, first of its kind. Further shots of pigeons in Princes Street. Detailed views of Edinburgh Castle. Soldiers standing guard as tourists enter gates. Statues of William Wallace and Robert the Bruce flanking main entrance. Shot of Norman Chapel built over 800 years ago. Scottish Crown Jewels, the Crown. The Sceptre, the Sword of State. Shot of Mons Meg (large inactive cannon located in the Castle). Aerial View of Princes Street from Edinburgh Castle. Looking towards the River Forth and Fife beyond. Japanese tourists. Ceremonial salutes being fired from battery (modern cannon). Royal Mile. St. Giles Cathedral (High Kirk of St Giles), statue of John Knox, Parliament Square and Law Courts. Scottish parliament met at these courts until Union with England in 1707. House where John Knox lived. Narrow closes of High Street. Exterior of Baillie Fyfe's Close. Canongate Tolbooth with dungeons below. Moray House. The Palace of Holyroodhouse. Older ruins of Holyrood Abbey Strand. Duddingston Loch, Water of Leith, Kings Landing. Leith Docks with cargo being landed. Trawlers and naval ships. Fish market. Portobello beach, people at seaside sitting on beach. Amusements including Portobello Open Air Swimming Pool with artificial wave machine. Village at Cramond with yachts. Exterior of Museum of Childhood on Royal Mile. Seals being fed and Penguin Walk at Edinburgh Zoo. Brief footage of Scotland versus Wales International Rugby match. Man throwing the hammer and tossing the caber. Track athletes competing. Scottish dancers. Massed Pipe Bands along Princes Street.
Arrival of Queen and Duke of Edinburgh at service for Quattro centenary of John Knox held at General Assembly Hall at the Church of Scotland. Royal Company of Archers. Close up of Archer insignia. Further ceremonial duties of Queen; service at St Giles Cathedral of the Knights of the Order of the Thistle, Scotland's Senior Order of Chivalry attended by Queen, Queen Mother and Duke of Edinburgh. Queen and Duke of Edinburgh arriving to declare open the Royal Agricultural Society's new permanent showground at Ingliston. Land Rover demonstration stand with Land Rover logo prominent. Queen, tourists, cattle and horses. Edinburgh Festival Programme with ample coverage of posters put up to advertise events. Epstein sculpture on display near Waverley Station. Crowds at Edinburgh Military Tattoo. These shots of tattoo held during the day. Today the Tattoo is held at night on the Castle Esplanade. Queen and Duke arriving at St. Giles Cathedral. Miscellaneous shots of graduation ceremony at Edinburgh University, Pickfords truck and Edinburgh Castle.
If necessary the exact date of this film can be identified by referring to the date that Jacob Epstein's Sculpture St. Michael and the Devil appeared on display at the Edinburgh Festival.


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