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Thomas J.A Henderson Astronomer

Thomas J.A Henderson  was born on 28 December 1798 in Dundee and lived at 1 Hillside Terrace of London Road Edinburgh. In the last years of his life was spent working in the Calton Hill Observatory. Thomas Henderson became the first Astronomer Royal for Scotland in 1834. The year before he had been working in he Cape Observatory in South Africa where he made the first ever measurement of a stellar distance. He worked on Calton Hill in the City Observatory. He was also appointed as the Professor of Astronomy at the Edinburgh University. In his time as Astronomer Royal he mady over 60,000 observations which many were published. He died of ill health in 1844 and is buried in Greyfriars Kirk Cemetery. His predecessor was Charles Piazzi Smyth.

 Thomas Henderson's Lived Here    Calton Hill Observatory Edinburgh

Eduardo Paolozzi

Eduardo Paolozzi was born on the 7th March 1924 in Leith which had just became a part of Edinburgh. Professor Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi sculptor, was born at 6 Crown Place in 1924. His family came from the Monte Cassino area of Italy. He was knighted in 1989 and sadly died in April 2005 at 81 years.There are 3 Sculptures which now stand on exhibition in London Road near to where  Eduardo Paolozzi was born. It is said by many that Paolozzi was the “inventor of Pop Art.” he died in 2005. As you can see from the photo seating has been provided. 

Foot Sculpture London Road Edinburgh. 

Eduardo Paolozzi Foot Sculpture London Road Edinburgh

Hand Sculpture London Road EdinburghEduardo Paolozzi Hand Sculpture London Road Edinburgh

Ankle Sculpture London Road Edinburgh

Eduardo Paolozzi Ankle Sculpture London Road

One O’Clock Gun Clock Maker Frederick James Ritchie

Frederick James Ritchie clock maker of the One O’clock Gun stayed at London Road 6 Brunton Place at the foot of the Calton Hill for 40 years. James Ritchie opened for business in 1809 at 29 Leith Street. In addition to selling watches, the craftsman made his living repairing and cleaning watches. His son Frederick James Ritchie, joined his father in the business and became a partner of Ritchie and Son. Frederick James Ritchie joined with the Astronomer Royal Professor Charles Piazzi Smyth and Chief Master Gunner Findlay in setting up the Time Ball on the Nelson Monument on top of Calton Hill Edinburgh. With his part being designing the clock that was connected to the firing of the One O’Clock Gun at the correct time.

Frederick James Ritchie One O'Clock Gun Clock Maker

Frederick Ritchie’s Clocks were placed around Edinburgh in 1873 forming a so-called “Edinburgh Ring” which provided the people of Edinburgh with the correct time. A clock remains at Register House near the Wellington Statue still providing GMT to all  In 1903 James Ritchie & Son designed the mechanism for the first floral clock in the world which is situated in Princes Street Gardens, Edinburgh and is still there to this day.

 Frederick James Ritchie Clock Edinburgh Ring 1873  Time Ball Clock designed by Frederick James Ritchie  Floral Clock designed by Frederick James Ritchie 1903

Meadowbank Commonwealth Sports Stadium London Road Edinburgh

The Meadowbank Stadium was built for the Commonwealth Games in 1970 and was the first venue to hold the Commonwealth games on two occasions. The second games in 1986 were unsuccessful due to the British Governments support of apartheid in South Africa as many countries boycotted the games. There are many varied events held in Meadowbank Stadium throughout the year antiques fares, international competition and local club sports teams still make good use of the stadium. The Stadium was also used for football and the greatest track cyclist of all time, multiple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Chris Hoy started his cycling career here. At this time 30 January 2018 the stadium and Velodrome are closed for complete structural renovations. 

Meadowbank Commonwealth Sports Stadium London Road Edinburgh


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