Sparrowhawk’s Yard

Scrap metal and former rag-and-bone site at 159 Commonside East, on the corner with Hallowwell Close.

1953 OS map of 159 Commonside East

In 1979 the childrens’ television programme Magpie did a piece on a rag-n-bone man who stabled his horse and cart at the Sparrowhawk yard:

Google Street View history has a view of the site in July 2009:

These photos were taken in December 2007, when the building of the adjacent former Beehive pub was being redeveloped.

Photo taken 16th December 2007

Photo taken 16th December 2007

These photos were taken from Beehive bridge on 15th August 2021, after the house and buildings had been demolished.

Photo taken 15th August 2021

Photo taken 15th August 2021. The spire of St Marks church can be seen in the background.

Planning application 20/P1060 says that the plan is to build 25 flats on the site. The site history in the Design & access Statement said that the site had been in the same ownership since 1926 as a scrap metal facility by Jack Sparrowhawk & Sons, which had ceased trading.


Maps are reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland.

1 thought on “Sparrowhawk’s Yard

  1. ful100ham

    Jack used to ride Trigger and his cart with the old nose bag on, up and down Eastfields Road two to three times a week. The allotment growers used to watch attentively if the horse decided to drop some manure! Jack in his flat cap Summer ot Winter. Yes! Those were simple days!

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