Springfield Street for its early life was unmade having a surface composed of soil and grit.
From Bent Street, on the right, there was one house at the bottom of Bent Street and Simpson Street which faced onto Springfield Street. On the left was a cooper’s yard. Next facing the bottom of Simpson Street was Jacob Ward & Sons, Springfield Sawmills. Next facing the bottom of James Street was a compound surrounded by a high wooden fence; within the compound were Jimmy Hope’s coal business and several lock-up garages all made of wood and all destroyed by fire one evening in the late 1950s.
Continuing along Springfield Street we exit Gobbinland (James Street being the boundary) and there were various allotments and pens on the left. A house that was already derelict by the mid-1950s stood at the bottom of the far side of Cross Street, this faced onto Springfield Street.
At this point Springfield Street made a sharp left turn and passed what was known as Chris Robinson’s Yard on the right, a few yards further it made a sharp right turn and became Ash Street where the road was surfaced with setts and the pavement with flagstones.
In the early 1960s St Andrews CE school was built on the site of former compound and allotments. After this pavements were formed and Springfield Street was surfaced with tarmac.