Thank you to Sybil, Lynn Massachusetts, USA for the following comments.
Chancelot Flour Mill
"I was born
and raised in Edinburgh and came to USA in 1965, but I miss Scotland and
get a lot of comfort from browsing through your photos.
worked at the old Chancelot mill all his life, and it just dawned on me
that I had no pictures of it. It was such a beautiful building, I
can't believe they had to demolish it."
Sybil, Lynn Massachusetts, USA: January 22, 2006
I agree. Chancelot mill was a really impressive building.
I'll try to find a photo of it that is not in copyright, to add to the web
site. - Peter Stubbs
Alex Dow, Fife, Scotland wrote:
Chancelot Flour Mill
an unusual memory of Chancelot Mill from the mid-Fifties."
neighbour owned a pre-war EKCO radio, one of the famous circular Bakelite
series; and it had failed. This neighbour worked in Chancelot Flour
it home; and removed the back to repair it. There was quite a large empty
volume behind the speaker, to give plenty of air circulation for the mains
dropper, which along with the various valves, gave off considerable heat.
Hence the back having a multitude of holes and a vented slot directly
above the dropper.
the back came off, this interior was packed with off-white fluff, almost
felt - handfulls of it, that around the dropper showing some signs of
scorching. I cleaned it out, repaired the radio and returned it.."
fluff almost certainly came from the neighbour's working whites, made from
old cotton flour sacks, being attracted into the radio by the combination
of the air circulation and static from the HT of around 250V found in
typical valve radios.
whites were washed every day in the early evening, then would be hung to
dry on the pulley near the fire in the kitchen-cum-livingroom."
those radios, the slot at the back was often mistaken by children as being
the slot into a savings back, so coins were quite often found in them; but
February 7, 2006
Tom McKearney wrote:
Chalmers Scrap Yard
lived at 260 Bonnington Road.
Our windows looked
onto Chalmers scrap yard, a Hell on
bed used to vibrate when the blast furnace was in full flow.
That would not be allowed now.
Now that Tinto Place, an entrance
to Chalmers is being developed for housing. I'm a
taxi driver. I tell the people living
there that they are on contaminated land.
They are not happy bunnies."
Tom McKearney, Edinburgh:
December 6, 2010
E Chalmers & Co
Brian Gourlay found photos of
Scrap Yard in the 1950s, on the EdinPhoto web site and sent me a
Here are a couple of the photos. They were
provided by Drew Shortel of Newhaven, Edinburgh. Please click on the
link above to see more.
Chalmers Scrap Yard
a young boy, I remember going to Chalmers scrap
merchants on Newhaven Road when I went out with my dad’s lorry on school
My dad would
reverse the lorry off the main road into the narrow entrance with only a
few inches to spare on either side.
"I can’t remember what type of load he had (maybe they did rags)
but sometimes it was offloaded by a team of ‘Chalmers’ ladies’. They were
fearsome wrestler types with Popeye the Sailor arms, wrap-round peenies
and turbans to keep their hair in place.
To say their
language was choice is a huge understate-ment.
To my dad’s embarrassment, it was
decidedly not for a small boy’s ears. Despite them being very nice to me,
I made a point of not getting to close.
Drew Shortel will
perhaps remember these ladies."
Bryan Gourlay, Biggar,
Lanarkshire, Scotland: January 15, 2011
Thank you to Ron McCartan for sending more
recollections of Bonnington. This is the first update that I have
added to this page in eight years!
was born in 266 Bonnington Road, Bonnington Toll.
mum, grandma an uncle lived in the top flat overlooking Chalmers. The
back green had a concrete air raid shelter.
There was also a massive clothes pole maybe 59 feet tall with spikes
allowing access to the wheels on the pole when a clothes rope slipped
through. I was given sixpence to re-attach any neighbour's rope which
had run through."
pals and I used to climb ‘the banky’ and play on the railway line
running over the Toll Bridge.
also climbed into ‘Swannies’ yard where there were heaps of sand and
recently accessed photos of my boyhood house in the top flat in number
266. Although each room was furnished differently it brought tears
to my eyes to remember my former childhood home."
pals were George Simpson and Charlie Palmer in number 270 an Drew Liston
from further down Bonnington Road in a tenement next to Stevenson’s.
all attended Bonnington Road Primary School."
Ron McCartan: 17