Here are a few facts that I was told by Tom Ward
(Scottish Gas, now retired) and others
present to view the demolition:
- Construction of the gas works at Granton began in 1898
on a 106.5 acre site purchased from the Duke of Buccleuch for
- The one remaining gas holder (known as gas holder No 1)
operated for a hundred years, from 1902 to 2002. (When the
gas holder was in use, the central storage drum, just visible in
the photo below at ground level, would rise above the ground
within the metal framework.)
- Work commenced on erecting the second and third
gas holders, on either side of No 1, in 1928 and 1967.
- Granton Gas Works continued to make town gas until 1976
when conversion to natural gas for the district was complete.
- There are now 17 gas holders still in use in Scotland.
These gas holders (or gas holders) store gas that is surplus to
requirements during periods when there is low demand for gas and
allow it to be released when consumer demand is high.
- There are another 17 gas holders no longer in use in
- Granton Gas Works had three engines, numbered 1, 2 and
3 in the order that they were delivered. One of these has
been preserved by the Museum of Scotland.