John Glendinning & Sons

Plumbers' Merchants

5 York Place, Edinburgh



Sandy Sievwright

Peebles, Midlothian, Scotland

Thank you to Sandy Sievwright who wrote:

Family-run Business

"I started working as a Sales Representative for John Glendinning & Sons, plumbers' merchants, in 1973 just before the beginning of Value Added Tax (VAT)."

The company was a family-run business.  They were exclusive agents for Twyfords sanitary ware and had good sales of Elizabeth Ann kitchens.

5 York Place

"The business was based at 5 York Place, formerly St George's Episcopal Church and now The Stand Comedy Club.  It was an amazing building inside with a large showroom displaying both bathrooms and kitchens.

Walking through from the front to the back of the building led into the Trade Counter, the best place in Edinburgh for hard-to-get spare parts.

Leading out the back door took you to the bottom of the bus station where we were still able to park  -  until the wardens arrived, then it was a mad dash to get the cars away for a while."

The Crypts

"Being a former church it was quite popular with tourists who would just come in and wander around.

The upstairs was not particularly interesting to me. It contained  stock and there were offices.  There was a plaque or a window or something historic for the tourists to look atI have no idea what bits they were interested in, but they should have gone downstairs into the crypts.

We were always fascinated by the layout down there.  The crypts were used for storing heavy cast iron baths and other sanitary appliances.  There was a circular passageway and another internal circular chamber.

We had to take the baths down in the old lift and then 'walk' them into the inner chamber leaving them upright until needed. By God, they were heavy brutes!"

My Boss

"My boss was very much 'old school'.  He was a bit stuck in his ways but, to be fair he gave me a good grounding for the rest if my career.

Edinburgh Branch Closed

"Glendinnings eventually closed their Edinburgh Branch, but continued to trade  in Glasgow for many years."

Sandy Sievwright, Penicuik, Midlothian, Scotland:  June 11, 2012"


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