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Postcards: Margeorie Mekie - Joppa Rocks and Salt Pans

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Postcards: Margeorie Mekie - Joppa Rocks and Salt Pans

Postby Bob Jefferson » 21 Jul 2007, 09:00



The Joppa salt pans originate from the beginning of the 17th century when the salt was made by the evaporation of sea water. However, by the end of the 19th century rock salt was being imported from Cheshire. The hawking of salt at one time gave occupation to many poor people who went daily through the streets of Edinburgh and neighbouring districts trudging their heavy loads from the salt pans of Pinkie, Prestonpans or Joppa crying out 'Wha'll buy sa-at".








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