Clark Stonemasons were
based at Canonmills, Edinburgh, across the road from the Esso Petrol Station,
A sign on the side of the
building read 'Stonecraft, part of the Ogilvy Group'
though I knew the company as Clark, both at Canonmills and
subsequently at Granton.
were large premises - cold and draughty when I visited them in
February 1991. I had seen little activity at the stonemasons
in the weeks before my visit. Apparently it was because their
workers had been away for the previous three or four months,
installing an English garden for a client in Japan.
the foreground of this photo are pillars for a balustrade, soon to
be delivered to the north-east of England. A lathe in the
corner of the workshop was used to turn the pillars. Here, a
worker is carefully watching the lathe turning.
exposure for the first photo below was about 10 seconds in very dull
light. I did not even have to ask the worker to stand still!
After leaving their
Canonmills premises, Clark stonemasons moved to a new base in one of
the buildings on land used by Bruce the builder at West Shore Road,
Their Canonmills premises
were then used for selling Christmas trees each December for the
next few years - 1991 to 1995. The premises were demolished in
1996 and Christmas trees were sold from the plot of land created by
the demolition in 1996.
Modern apartments for short-term let have now been built on the