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Liberton Filtration Plant

Edinburgh

 

Recollections

1.

Allan Dodds

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

Thank you to Allan Dodds who wrote:

Late-1960s

"When I was an undergraduate in the late-1960s I worked during the summer months as a labourer at the waterworks in Liberton.  The water supply travelled thirty-five miles underground from Talla reservoir.

Here is a shot of me (left), together with another uni student (I can't recall his name) posing in front of one of the Greek 'Temples' which housed the machinery at Liberton Filtration Works."

Allan Dodds and another student worker standing in front of one of the 'Greek Temples' at Liberton Filtration Works in 1969

Landscaping

"These works were designed and built in Victorian times and were beautifully landscaped with acres of grassy banks surrounding the filtration ponds. The banks and gravel paths required constant maintenance, and my job was to cut the grass on the steeply sloping banks with an Allen scythe, and to hoe and weed several paths, hundreds of yards long, by hand as weed killers were not permitted for obvious reasons."

'Willie the Scythe'

"To assist me in this Sisyphean task was 'Willie the Scythe', a retired man of about seventy-five years of age who came out of his retirement each summer to do casual work.

Willie may have possessed no teeth but he could scythe for Scotland!  He literally shaved the grass and his skill was remarkable and his rhythm impeccable. I was so impressed watching this man at work that I even wrote a poem about him:

Scythe me a swathe by the sickle moon
And bend a blade's ear to the fallen field
(The harvest, golden, sighs by the midnight mauve).
For fear the dandelion lie
Meter me minutes.
Should crescent cleave a moment from the void
Make waxing wane, my mild mentor.

Juvenile as the poem now reads, I must have been impressed by this man."

Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England:  November 28, 2011

 

Recollections

2.

Allan Dodds

Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England

In 'Recollection 1' above, Allan Dodds remembered Willy the Scythe.

Allan emailed me a few weeks later to let me know that he had found a couple of photos of Willie.  Thank you Allan.  Please click on the thumbnail images below to see these photos.

'Willie the Scythe'

Willie the Scythe at Liberton Filtration Plant, around 1969      

Willie the Scythe at Liberton Filtration Plant, around 1969

Allan Dodds, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England:  January 10, 2012 (2 emails)

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks