Wooden Water Pipe

2018/037
Wooden (elm) water pipes (c.1780) excavated in the summer of 2018 on the north side of George Square, Edinburgh

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Description

Wooden (elm) water pipes (3 No) (c.1780) excavated in the summer of 2018 as part of works in the road outside the Hugh Robson Building on the north side of George Square, Edinburgh (for location see Image 3). A short section of a wrought iron hoop is also present (2019/038).

The tree trunks were bored by a boring machine powered by a water wheel (see Image 4). The diameter of bore is 4.5 in (115 mm). The socket end is widened to 7 in (approx.) (180 mm).

One of the pipes has been sawn in half to allow a display showing a jointed pair of pipes (see Image 1).

For a short contribution by Professor Roland Paxton to a Discussion on the History of Edinburgh Wooden Water Pipes at
Edinburgh College of Art in January 2019 click here.

Additional information

Acquisition Number

2018/037

Item Type

Short Description

Wooden water pipe

Manufactured by

Date of Manufacture

c. 1780

Sub-items

None

Supporting Items

None

Makers Number

None

Marks

None

Dimensions (mm)

Unknown

Donor

Date Donated

December 2018

Materials

Wood (elm)

Condition

Good

Display Location