An unusual scene on Leith Walk

Here’s a view of Leith Walk, with McDonald Road Library in the background.

nowHere’s the same view in 1890.


The eagle-eyed among you might have noticed that this is no ordinary Victorian street scene. The elephants are a bit of a giveaway for starters.

In the 19th century there were hundreds of circuses operating in Britain and Sanger’€™s was one of those that travelled from town to town. ‘Lord’ George Sanger was the most successful circus owner of Victorian times. He was known for being a smart dresser, instantly recognisable by his top hat and diamond tie pin.

These images are one of the many “then and now” scenes you can explore on Our Town Stories, which brings Edinburgh’s past to life in a unique way. You can fade between “then” and “now” to get some interesting effects like the one below.

then and now

Other recent ‘then and now’ additions to the site include:

The Royal Arch on Newington Road

The Meadows Pavilion

South Queensferry High Street

The Shore, Leith

The Velodrome at Meadowbank

And many more. Take a few minutes to see our city as you’ve never seen it before.


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