I had a pint the other night with my friend John in Leith Depot at the foot of Leith Walk. Nice place, with nice staff. Could have been warmer, but it was snowing outside.
The reason for the name is that the pub is opposite the site of the former Leith Depot of the Edinburgh Corporation Transport, where my dad used to work. He was a bus inspector and used to schedule the buses that left from and eventually arrived back at Leith Depot. He was nicknamed The Cruelty Man for the length of the shifts he used to assign to drivers and conductors on the buses.
The picture below is of the entrance to what used to be the office – I was surprised to see it was built as recently as 1938. That office used to be thick with smoke and contraband stuff from Leith docks.
It was the only building still intact the other night, all the buildings in subsequent pictures have now been demolished since I luckily took these pictures on 16 June last year…
…when I went to see the magnificent Kim Edgar play her only Edinburgh show of 2017 in the pub. It was the “rock Kim” version of her offer, augmented by Steffen Wutzke on bass and Christian Haas-Lachmann on drums, who played like mothers and had familiarised themselves so well with Kim’s songs.
I think these buildings were where the buses were garaged.
When it ceased to be a bus depot, the Social Work department used it.
I think this used to be the recreation area. Most Sundays, if I went to visit my dad at work, he was playing snooker in here. Don’t know who did the murals or why they chose these subjects.
They used to wash the buses in here as well.