Edinburgh at Work

Chancelot Mill

Flour Mill at Western Harbour, Leith

1993

Grinders in the Mill

(See Recollections 1 below)

Edinburgh at Work  -  Chancelot Mill, Western Harbour, Leith Docks

  Copyright: Peter Stubbs                                                                                                              Photograph taken December 8, 1993

 

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   Edinburgh at Work  -  Chancelot Mill, Western Harbour, Leith Docks

 

Chancelot Mill

History

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 area.

1993

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' homes!

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.

 

Recollections

1.

Daren Race

I originally captioned this photo "Ovens at the Mill".  However, I must thank Daren Race for correcting me.

Daren wrote:

Around 1990

"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 flour.

More Photos?

Did you take any more photos? The sifters were particularly interesting but not sure youd have been let in there because its quite dangerous."

Daren Race,  22 Oct 2019

More Photos?

Reply

Unfortunately, I only managed to visit Chancelot Mills once in the 1990s, and I never got to see or photograph the sifters.

Peter Stubbs, Edinburgh:  1 November 2019

 

Chancelot Mill

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