Stockbridge might now be â€œEdinburghâ€™s boho magnetâ€, but it wasnâ€™t always populated by the middle-class. The availability of council grants for the improvement of property in the mid-seventies of the last century changed the area. These were keenly sought after by those upwardly-mobile who gradually bought up houses in it.
I was leaving my doctor after a fortunately rare visit when I saw that a plaque had appeared on an outside wall of his surgery since I had last been there. It commemorated the visit which Hans Christian Andersen had made to Edinburgh in 1847. I hadnâ€™t known that Andersen had ever visited Scotland.