ABOUT THIS BOOK
PUBLICATION DATE: July 15, 2019
By (author) Liz Hanson
Like many towns and cities in the UK, Edinburgh has changed over the years and continues to do so. Parts of Scotland’s capital have been transformed, especially on Princes Street, where several landmark buildings from the Georgian and Victorian eras were demolished during the 1960s. At St James Square the removal of original Georgian tenements to make way for the St James Centre altered the appearance of the district forever, and it’s all set to change again with the demolition of the shopping centre in full swing. The demolition of the Caledonian Railway Company’s Princes Street station terminal in 1965 left a giant gap-site close to Lothian Road which would take thirty years to fill. Elsewhere, the former heavily populated residential areas in the Old Town have undergone extensive surgery and Bristo Street and the iconic Parkers department store with its handsome Tudor frontage were swept away for the expansion of Edinburgh University in the 1960s and 70s.’Lost Edinburgh’ describes in words and pictures the many well-known buildings that are no longer part of the city’s landscape and will appeal not only to the city’s residents but also the many visitors who come here every year to explore its most remarkable streets.
Liz Hanson was born in Kidderminster in 1950 but moved to Edinburgh in 1969 and has lived in the Scottish Borders for thirty-five years. Qualified as a medical technician, her career in microbiology was spent between Edinburgh hospitals and pharmaceutical companies. Photography has been a passion and hobby since her teenage years and she now runs a small business making photographic books and cards of borders landscapes, which has expanded into book production. Liz lives in Peeblesshire with her husband.