A small district of SW Edinburgh, Chesser lies just to the east of the Water of Leith and south of Gorgie Road, 2½ miles (4 km) southwest of the city centre. It takes its name from Councillor John W. Chesser, then Convener of the Edinburgh Corporation Markets Committee, but who went on to serve as Lord Provost 1919-21. Edinburgh's agricultural markets were centralised here from 1909, with a Corn Exchange, cattle markets and slaughterhouses built on what was then the edge of the city. Local government offices occupy Chesser House on the north side of Gorgie Road.

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