Sewer Vent Pipes
"The two vertical metal posts
either side of the Mackenzie Bros lighting column in South St
David Street are sewer vent pipes, cleverly integrated into
the column itself. These were also made by Mackenzie Bros.
There would likely have been more columns like this, with the
sewer vent pipes either side, throughout Edinburgh at one
Up until 1983, this column and a
similar one in South St Andrew Street had functioning lanterns
fitted to them. Apparently, they
have been 'due for replacement' since then,
but have been left alone.
It would be nice to think that at
some point they could be brought back into use by fitting
heritage 'teardrop' lanterns to them, as the electricity
supply will probably still be in place"
Duns, Borders, Scotland: October 29, 2010