Fire strikes Castle Mills
By the 1960s the North British Rubber Company remained one of Edinburgh's main employers, with almost every family in the local area having a family member employed at the mills.
But after a disastrous fire hit the factory in 1969, much of the production was transferred to other sites at Newbridge on the outskirts of Edinburgh and Heathhall, Dumfries. Four years later, most of the factory complex was demolished, leaving only Castle Mill Works on the site.
Scottish and Newcastle Breweries took over the site and built one of the world’s most advanced canning complexes, with Castle Mill Works being used as a store and accounts office.
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