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Edinburgh Waterfront

Gas Holder

Removal by controlled explosion

Explosion!

Edinburgh Waterfront  -  Demolition of one of the gasometers by controlled explosion  -  15 August 2004  -  The explosion!

  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                                          Photograph taken  15 August 2004

Falling!

Edinburgh Waterfront  -  Demolition of one of the gasometers by controlled explosion  -  15 August 2004  -  Falling!

  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                                          Photograph taken  15 August 2004

Gone!

Edinburgh Waterfront  -  Demolition of one of the gasometers by controlled explosion  -  15 August 2004  -  10 seconds after the explosion

  peter.stubbs@edinphoto.org.uk                                                                                                               Photograph taken  15 August 2004

Gas Holder

Removal by controlled explosion

The Explosion

The explosion can be seen at the base of the gas holder on both sides in the top photo.  The gas holder, 250t-high and weighing 1,200 tonnes, fell to the south, away from the camera, and was gone within about five seconds.

The gas holder might have been demolished earlier in the year,  but for the fact that peregrine falcons were found to be nesting in the vicinity.  The demolition was delayed until the young birds had left the nest.

Demolition of the gas holder will enable the developer, SecondSite, to proceed with development of their site.  Napier University's new buildings are already under construction on the southern edge of the site.

 

Granton Gas Works

Background

Here are a few facts that I was told by Tom Ward (Scottish Gas, now retired) and others present to view the demolition:

- Construction of the gas works at Granton began in 1898 on a 106.5 acre site purchased from the Duke of Buccleuch for 124,000.

-  The one remaining gas holder (known as gas holder No 1) operated for a hundred years, from 1902 to 2002.  (When the gas holder was in use, the central storage drum, just visible in the photo below at ground level, would rise above the ground within the metal framework.)

Edinburgh Waterfront  -  debris on the ground following controlled explosion on 15 August 2004

The remains

- Work commenced on erecting the second and third gas holders, on either side of No 1, in 1928 and 1967.

- Granton Gas Works continued to make town gas until 1976 when conversion to natural gas for the district was complete.

- There are now 17 gas holders still in use in Scotland.  These gas holders (or gas holders) store gas that is surplus to requirements during periods when there is low demand for gas and allow it to be released when consumer demand is high.

-  There are another 17 gas holders no longer in use in Scotland.

- Granton Gas Works had three engines, numbered 1, 2 and 3 in the order that they were delivered.  One of these has been preserved by the Museum of Scotland.

 

 

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

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?    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