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Apr 10, 2012

On 6 April 1928 the Scotsman reported a Council decision on whether to repair Princes Street with British granite setts at a cost of £40,000 or Norwegian granite setts at a cost of £25,000. It seems that Edinburgh was ready to learn from good practice in Glasgow, and anxious to avoid problems encountered in London.

‘Princes Street: Scottish Granite Setts – a section to be laid.

At yesterday’s meeting of Edinburgh Town Council a recommendation with regard to the material to be used in the repair of Princes Street arose on the report of the Streets and Buildings Committee.

The Committee visited Glasgow, where they inspected West George Street, which is laid with fine dressed Norwegian granite setts and having in mind the estimated costs for the repair of Princes Street . . . recommended the use of Norwegian setts.

Mr. Gumley, who moved the Committee’s recommendation, said that several methods had been discussed. Rubber, he said, had been tried about the London Cenotaph and it had to be removed for two reasons – it began to rise up and people began to fall. For appearance and amenity he did not think there was anything that could stand up to granite setts.

The Committee were . . . not satisfied with simply taking what other people had found good.’

EWH are grateful for permission to use this extract from “The Edinburgh Book of Days” by Michael T.R.B. Turnbull, published by The History Press.
http://bit.ly/nxNKIh  (www.thehistorypress.co.uk)

More tales from Edinburgh’s archives will appear later in April.

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