Edinburgh at Work
Flour Mill at Western Harbour, Leith
Grinders in the Mill
(See Recollections 1 below)
Photograph taken December 8, 1993
Chancelot Mill was once a prominent
landmark at Bonnington with a tower and large clock faces.
Around 1970, the mill moved to Western
Harbour, Leith, now part of the Edinburgh Waterfront development
On my visit to the mill, in 1993, I walked
through several floors of the mill without seeing any workers. I
believe that the whole operation was controlled by computer - and on
some occasions it was controlled remotely by computer from the workers'
On this floor, flour, at various stages of
being sifted, was passing up the white pipes and down the yellow pipes.
There were small inspection hatches in the pipes to allow samples to be
taken without interrupting the process.
I originally captioned this photo "Ovens at the
Mill". However, I must thank Daren Race for correcting me.
"I worked at Chancelot Mill in the late
1980s and up until 1991. Those are not ovens, they are grinders. They
grind the wheat into various qualities of flour. The rollers are
steel and inside are big magnets to remove any particulates from the
Did you take any more photos? The sifters
were particularly interesting but not sure you’d have been let in there
because it’s quite dangerous."
Daren Race, 22 Oct 2019
Unfortunately, I only managed to visit
Chancelot Mills once in the 1990s, and I never got to see or photograph
Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh: 1 November 2019