"It's good to see Juniper Green
featured with Al Lorentzen's photo of the Water of Leith.
"We used to swim in a natural
pool at the foot of the waterfall until one day we noticed the river was
full of dead fish. Apparently this was the result of the myriad paper
mills upstream discharging poisonous chemicals into the river. One
of these mills was Woodhall. It can be seen behind the waterfall in
this photo. We never swam there again!"
"To the top right of the
photograph you can make out the embankment wall of the single-track
railway line from Slateford to Balerno which was closed to passengers in
the 1930s, but open to goods traffic until the 1960s. There was one
train each day and much fun we had trying to jump onto the guards van as
it left Juniper Green station for Currie."
"At the bottom right of the
photograph, unseen, was the entrance to a mill race which fed the
waterwheel of the snuff mill next to the station at Juniper. This mill was
a ruin in my youth but another admirable playground!
We had many playgrounds in and
around Juniper Green, including of course the Pentland Hills. Now the
urban sprawl has taken over what was essentially in those days a village
on the Edinburgh/Midlothian border"
Mike Cheyne: Message posted on
28 September 2010