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Edinburgh, Salamander Street, Edinburgh And Leith Glass Works

Glass Works (19-20th Century)

Site Name Edinburgh, Salamander Street, Edinburgh And Leith Glass Works

Classification Glass Works (19-20th Century)

Canmore ID 153299

Site Number NT27NE 649

NGR NT 27545 76417

NGR Description Centred NT 27545 756417

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Edinburgh, City Of
  • Parish Edinburgh (Edinburgh, City Of)
  • Former Region Lothian
  • Former District City Of Edinburgh
  • Former County Midlothian

Archaeology Notes

NT27NE 649 27545 76417

The Edinburgh and Leith Glassworks were situated between Salamander Street and the North British Railway, Leith Branch railway. On the Edinburgh and its Environs edition of the OS 1:1056 scale map (surveyed 1852), the glassworks are shown with four cones.

Information from RCAHMS (DE), July 2002

Architecture Notes

Edinburgh, Edinburgh and Leith Glassworks.

Site now demolished.



GD 112/15 Vouchers of Factor's Accounts 1643-1797.

476/60 Account for bottles etc. with a vignette showing the glass houses with four bottle kilns and two chimneys, 1796.


Trial Trench (7 July 2016 - 7 August 2016)

NT 2753 7642 An evaluation was carried out, July – August 2016, in advance of potential development on a site between Salamander Street and Baltic Street. The evaluation trenches provided evidence for multiple phases of structures associated with the 18th-century Edinburgh and Leith Glassworks and the 19th-century Edinburgh and Leith Gasworks, including foundation walls and associated interior structures and surfaces. The work demonstrated that the level of preservation across the site is generally very good, with the only truncation identified from concrete footings of mid-20th century sheds.

Archive: NRHE (intended)

Funder: Travis Perkins PLC

Anthony Taylor – Headland Archaeology Ltd

(Source: DES, Volume 17)


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