Corporation Ash Depot
"Here is a
photo taken at the Corporation Ash Depot.
where ashes from everybody’s fires were loaded onto waiting railway
The roadways were ramped to
allow carts to dump waste ash straight into open topped wagons."
Grandad, Robert Porteous, worked there
1940s. He is in this photo, holding one of his work
horses with its flags and horse brasses.
The photo may have been taken as part of the celebration of the end of he war in 1945.
was killed after being kicked in the head by the
horse in 1946. He was
survived by his 5 children and beloved wife Alison Melville Porteous
who died in 1994. My wife shares her
"This land was later
used as a Police Box Dump, and is now 'Gorgie Farm'. The cottages
in the foreground are demolished now. I
remember playing in their ruins in the 1970s.
The tenements in the background are the
current tenements in Newton Street, just
off Gorgie Road."
Neil Lawrence, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh:
October 13, 2010