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main image Tannery or brewery, Musselburgh, Midlothian
The skins of cattle, slaughtered for their meat, were processed in tanneries to make leather. Most were situated in or near towns, where the cattle would have been sold and butchered.

The skins were soaked in pits to remove hair and fat. Other pits, containing a liquid derived from bark, were used to soak the prepared hides, to stabilise and preserve them.

The louvred top floor is a characteristic feature of both tanneries and breweries. It was used as a place to hang tanned hides to dry, and to spread out the steeped barley during malting.

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