Lynn, Massachusetts, USA

Thank you to Sybil, Lynn Massachusetts, USA for the following comments.   Sybil wrote:

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.

My father 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

Alex Dow, Fife, Scotland wrote:

Chancelot Flour Mill

"I have an unusual memory of Chancelot Mill from the mid-Fifties."


"A neighbour owned a pre-war EKCO radio, one of the famous circular Bakelite series; and it had failed.  This neighbour worked in Chancelot Flour Mills.

I took 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.

When 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.."


"The 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.

The 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."

Money Box

"With 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 fluff !!!"

Alex Dow  February 7, 2006




Tom McKearney


Tom McKearney wrote:

Chalmers Scrap Yard

"We lived at 260 Bonnington Road.   Our windows looked down onto Chalmers scrap yard, a Hell on Earth then.

My 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



Bryan Gourlay

Biggar, Lanarkshire, Scotland

E Chalmers & Co

Brian Gourlay found photos of E Chalmers Scrap Yard in the 1950s, on the EdinPhoto web site and sent me a message.

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.

E Chalmers & Co, Metal Merchants  -  32-36 Newhaven Road, Bonnington  -  1950s ©        E Chalmers & Co, Metal Merchants  -  32-36 Newhaven Road, Bonnington  -  1950s ©

Bryan wrote:

Chalmers Scrap Yard

"As a young boy, I remember going to Chalmers scrap merchants on Newhaven Road when I went out with my dad’s lorry on school holidays.

My dad would reverse the lorry off the main road into the narrow entrance with only a few inches to spare on either side.

Chalmers' Ladies

"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




Ron McCartan

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!

Ron wrote:

Bonnington Road

"I was born in 266 Bonnington Road, Bonnington Toll.

My 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."

Bonnington Road

"My pals and I  used to climb ‘the banky’ and play on the railway line running over the Toll Bridge.

We also climbed into ‘Swannies’ yard where there were heaps of sand and gravel."

Old Photos

"I 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."

My Pals

"My 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.

We all attended Bonnington Road Primary School."

Ron McCartan:  17 February 2019




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