The changing face of industry in west Edinburgh

Author(s): Laura Bailey and Morag Cross

Summary: Excavations on a site at 19 West Tollcross, Edinburgh, produced evidence of activity in the area from the medieval period to the 20th century. The medieval remains are likely to relate to activity on the periphery of a settlement in the hinterland of Edinburgh, thus confirming the archaeological potential of settlements now subsumed under the modern city. Excavation through the deep stratigraphy, when supplemented with documentary evidence, offered a glimpse into evolution of the area from an ‘agricultural landscape’ to an ‘industrial’ area, constantly being transformed in line with contemporary technological innovations. More recent remains associated with Lochrin Distillery, slaughterhouses, Edinburgh Ice and Cold Storage Company’s unit, an ice rink and a garage were uncovered.

Keyword(s): Lochrin distillery, slaughterhouse, cold store, ice rink 

Location(s): Lochrin Basin, 19 West Tollcross, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

Period(s): Twelfth to twentieth centuries 

Permissions: Except where otherwise noted, this work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivatives licence

Published: 25-06-2019

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