St John's Hill

Close to the junction of the Pleasance and Holyrood Road

Thank you to Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh who wrote:


The works in St. Johns Hill were:

- the tannery at the start of the street as you came off the Pleasance on the left.

- Dunbar's Aerated Water Works.  The entrance was just round the corner from the tannery on the Pleasance itself.  I think they only filled soda syphons there.

The syphon bottles had a half crown deposit, returnable when the syphon was returned so I will leave it to your imagination as to why I knew about the presence of the works. It was more profitable than collecting the beer bottles on the terracing at Easter road."

- Waterston's ceiling wax works.

Bob Henderson, Burdiehouse, Edinburgh:  December 6, 2007


   Edinburgh at Work  -  Waterston's sealing wax works at Powderhall, Edinburgh   -  1994

Please click on this link to read about the history of  Waterston's sealing wax works and Bob Henderson's recollections of the company when it was based at St John's Wood, near the Pleasance.


Edinburgh at Work

George Waterston

George Waterston