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Forth Bridge painter Craig & Rose returns to roots

Forth Bridge

Painting the Forth Bridge gave Craig & Rose work for more than a century (photo by Terry Murden)


Craig & Rose, the company that painted the Forth Bridge for more than 100 years, is returning to Edinburgh to open its first dedicated showroom in Scotland. 

The outlet in Stockbridge is part of a store roll-out campaign which follows the recently-opened London store in Chiswick.

The new Edinburgh showroom is less than two miles from the original Craig & Rose factory in Leith, where the company was founded in 1829 by two young entrepreneurs James Craig & Hugh Rose. Today Craig & Rose paints continue to be produced in a purpose-built factory in Scotland.  

Phil White, general manager, said: “The opening our first showroom just had to be in our home town of Edinburgh, the home of Craig & Rose and the source of all of our 1829 paint range’s rich heritage.”

Craig & Rose won the tender to paint the Forth Bridge soon after it was built in the 1880s and provided the paint for more than 100 years, becoming part of legendary saying ‘painting the Forth Bridge’ which meant a never-ending task.

Many famous public buildings including the National Portrait Gallery, St Paul’s Cathedral and Brighton Pavilion have chosen, and still choose, Craig & Rose paints.



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