Wednesday, 11 February 2009

Roslin Glen Gunpowder Mill

On Sunday, Mr Dido and I went for a walk in Roslin Glen, a beautiful wooded area just south of Edinburgh. Nowadays, thanks to the Da Vinci Code, it is most famous for nearby Rosslyn Chapel, but back in the days of the Napoleonic Wars it housed the largest gunpowder mill in the country! The mill produced gunpowder from around 1804 until 1954. Today's photo shows the location of the large water wheel (between the two walls) which was used to power the factory - you can't quite see the river but it runs right behind it.

12 comments:

cannonballjones said...

For some reason that photo sent me back to my childhood, pleasant surprise :)

Anonymous said...

That's cheating, Roslin isn't in Edinburgh.

MartinC said...

I hope it didn't lose its roof in an explosion!

Roslin isn't cheating! The rules of the daily photo blog allow posters to include a town/city and its surroundings. Roslin is only 8 miles from Princes Street, so it's well within what is allowed!

Anonymous said...

Martin C - that was at least an hour and a half worths of travel from Edinburgh on Thursday morning. Leith is the "surroundings" of Edinburgh, not Roslin. Where would you stop - Falkirk? Glasgow?

Townies try to appropriate everything!

Dido said...

Anonymous: fyi, Leith and Edinburgh were merged in 1920. Oh - and it's my blog so I make the rules :-D

Marc said...

At first it looks like a romantic place, but the background information changed that. Historical is the right word I guess.
And Dido, I think that no one else should decide for you what pictures from where you can post on your own blog. In fact, I quite like it when you show us things from outside of Edinburgh too.

Anonymous said...

I was born in Roslin in 1932, and it was the most wonderful Place to be brought up in.
But unfortunately it has been taken over by townies, who have imposed their ways and customs on what was once a quiet friendly wee village where everyone knew and chatted to each other,but it has now just become a part of Edinburgh.

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