Blacksmiths and other businesses, and the town drummer, in l...
Fieldworkers
Date 1971
Track ID 27002
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1972.203.B8

Original Tape ID

SA1972.203

Summary

Blacksmiths and other businesses, and the town drummer, in late 19th century Peebles.

When David Lawson was young there were three blacksmiths, a cooper, a tinsmith and thirty or forty tailors in Peebles. Two well-known local characters were Coal Jean and Coal Geordie. Coal was not delivered in bags, but came in a cart and was dumped in the road outside the house. Another character was Jimmy Tip, the odd-job man. There was a town drummer, who made public announcements. The announcements were made at the top of the town and at street corners. There were few streets in the town in those days.

Item Location

County - Peeblesshire

Parish - Peebles

Village/Place - Peebles

Language

English

Genre

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Collection

SoSS