Sybil Cavanagh

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Page link: The Sneddons: a tragic local family
The Sneddons: a tragic local family
And how Addiewell No. 32 is not at Addiewell
Page link: Row over the Cambridge Bar
Row over the Cambridge Bar
'just like an old-fashioned beer shop where customers spit on the floor'
Page link: Addiewell Oil Works - after the closure
Addiewell Oil Works - after the closure
Some interesting and evocative photos of the huge oil works site after it closed in 1956.
Page link: Shale mining memories wanted
Shale mining memories wanted
BBC television documentary looking for former shale miners, or people connected with the shale industry
Page link: Addiewell, Loganlea and the Great War - 2
Addiewell, Loganlea and the Great War - 2
More stories from 1914-18
Page link: Addiewell: scandal of the forgotten village
Addiewell: scandal of the forgotten village
Troubles in Addiewell in 1976
Page link: Addiewell in sickness and in health
Addiewell in sickness and in health
Horrible diseases of the old days
Page link: St Thomas' Addiewell parish
St Thomas' Addiewell parish
St Thomas' Addiewell will be celebrating its centenary on October 20th 2013
Page link: Railway fatalities
Railway fatalities
Local life 100 years ago was appallingly dangerous : Four children killed in accidents around mines and railways in the first nine months of 1889
Page link: The bonded warehouses
The bonded warehouses
Muirhall Bond
Page link: Sarah O'Keefe
Sarah O'Keefe
The Addiewell woman on the West Calder war memorial
Page link: The Candleworks
The Candleworks
Addiewell candle works produced candles that were works of art.
Page link: Sports miscellany
Sports miscellany
Going to the dogs; and Justice the 'pedestrian'
Page link: Loganlea Colliery closes
Loganlea Colliery closes
In 1958 NCB announced it would close 20 pits in Scotland
Page link: The Stein family
The Stein family
Generations in the shale oil industry
Page link: Who was was living where in Addiewell in 1959?
Who was was living where in Addiewell in 1959?
Find out from the Valuation Roll of 1959-60
Page link: Ma Moore and the baton charge
Ma Moore and the baton charge
Read the original reports of the incident and the subsequent trial
Page link: Accident to railway fireman
Accident to railway fireman
He forgot the tunnel...
Page link: The General Strike
The General Strike
Addiewell and Loganlea and the General Strike of 1926
Page link: Addiewell in 1995
Addiewell in 1995
A community and economic profile of the village nearly 20 years ago
Page link: James and the Giant Scissors
James and the Giant Scissors
Not for the faint-hearted
Page link: Aeroplane over Addiewell
Aeroplane over Addiewell
When planes were a rarity
Page link: D.F.M. for Addiewell Airman
D.F.M. for Addiewell Airman
Flight Sergeant Robert Jack Henderson
Page link: Warhorse
Warhorse
Addiewell's own war horse
Page link: Agnes Stein
Agnes Stein
Agnes came from a family which gave generations of service in the shale oil industry
Page link: Addiewell, Loganlea and the Great War: casualties and honours
Addiewell, Loganlea and the Great War: casualties and honours
Addiewell lost a tragic number of its young men during the First World War
Page link: Sister Margaret
Sister Margaret
The extraordinary life of Jean Henderson
Page link: Addiewell folk and soldiers, First World War
Addiewell folk and soldiers, First World War
Unusual photo from the Great War
Page link: Addiewell Bowling Club
Addiewell Bowling Club
Some great photos of Addiewell bowlers - do you recognise any of them?
Page link: Addiewell Church Woman's Guild
Addiewell Church Woman's Guild
Ladies (and gents) of the Guild
Page link: Bobby Auld's 90th birthday
Bobby Auld's 90th birthday
Mr Auld was one of Addiewell's oldest residents
Page link: Muirhall Cottages
Muirhall Cottages
Rare photograph of one of the old rows at Muirhall, Addiewell
Page link: Addiewell in Wartime - Second World War
Addiewell in Wartime - Second World War
POWs, ARP, Savings campaigns, Soldiers' Comforts Fund, and V.E. Day
Page link: Maps: Addiewell and Loganlea in 1922
Maps: Addiewell and Loganlea in 1922
Ordnance Survey maps, 1922
Page link: Maps: Addiewell and Loganlea in 1917
Maps: Addiewell and Loganlea in 1917
Ordnance Survey map, 1917
Page link: Addiewell Population
Addiewell Population
How many people lived in Addiewell?
Page link: Some famous natives
Some famous natives
Some Addiewell folk who have made their name in various fields
Page link: A brace of doctors
A brace of doctors
Dr Thomson retires; and Dr Ogilvy gets seven babies in three deliveries!
Page link: Addiewell Oil Works in 1865
Addiewell Oil Works in 1865
The earliest report, printed in the Scotsman of 16 May 1865.
Page link: Two poems on Auld Addiewell
Two poems on Auld Addiewell
Verses addressed to Addiewell soldiers serving in the war; and memories in verse of the old days, with touching memories of stovies, skipping - old familiar faces and places.
Page link: Mining fatalities
Mining fatalities
Mining was one of the most dangerous occupations. Accidents and injuries were common; deaths were only too frequent as well. More accounts are added as they're found. Add your own reports of mining deaths here too.
Page link: Addiewell tollhouse
Addiewell tollhouse
A reminder of the pre-industrial days before the coming of the oil works
Page link: Gala Days
Gala Days
Some gala days remembered
Page link: Who are they?
Who are they?
We need your help...
Page link: Addiewell Prison
Addiewell Prison
A recent and striking addition to the Addiewell scene
Page link: West Lothian Local History Library
West Lothian Local History Library
For the best collection of local history on all parts of West Lothian, visit the West Lothian Local History Library
Page link: Addiewell in 1910  - a miniature hell of slums
Addiewell in 1910 - a miniature hell of slums
Harsh criticism of social conditions in Addiewell and of Young's PLMOC
Page link: A tour of Addiewell Oil Works in 1865
A tour of Addiewell Oil Works in 1865
A detailed account of the oil works appeared in the Scotsman in May 1865
Page link: Street names old
Street names old
Street names in the old village, and the derivation of the names Addiewell and Loganlea
Page link: Nicknames
Nicknames
In the old days it seems like almost everybody had a nickname
Page link: Addiewell Oil Works to close
Addiewell Oil Works to close
The Courier announces many shale industry closures in 1956
Page link: Railways and Addiewell
Railways and Addiewell
How railways developed in the Addiewell area, yesterday and today
Page link: Pugs and mineral lines
Pugs and mineral lines
Colliery engines operating on works and pit railway lines were known as pug engines.
Page link: Loganlea Colliery Baths
Loganlea Colliery Baths
Pithead baths were installed at Loganlea in 1929
Page link: Murder by shale
Murder by shale
Horrible Murder in Addiewell - and the weapon? A lump of spent shale
Page link: Loganlea
Loganlea
From the estate of Muirhousedykes to today, Loganlea has seen huge changes in its fortunes
Page link: Loganlea Colliery
Loganlea Colliery
Coalmining at Loganlea
Page link: John Kelly
John Kelly
A tribute to John Kelly
Page link: Ma Moore
Ma Moore
One of the most influential folk to come out of Addiewell, Sarah Moore was a councillor, activist and matriarch.
Page link: Tell us your stories
Tell us your stories
Add your own photos and memories to this site - here's how.
Page link: Jim McGuigan, footballer
Jim McGuigan, footballer
Played with several senior teams
Page link: Alex Carruthers, footballer
Alex Carruthers, footballer
Played with Hearts, Falkirk and Bolton
Page link: Football teams
Football teams
Some Addiewell and Loganlea teams and players
Page link: More bridges and viaducts
More bridges and viaducts
Gone, but not forgotten
Page link: Farms and farming
Farms and farming
Pictures of farming life a century ago - and today
Page link: Aerial photographs
Aerial photographs
Some aerial pictures of Addiewell and Loganlea.
Page link: Cuthill Bridge
Cuthill Bridge
The story of the bridges over the Breich Water.
Page link: Graham Street
Graham Street
The pug passing the low rows
Page link: Addiewell in 1900
Addiewell in 1900
Sketch, map and description of the village c. 1900
Page link: Addiewell Station: Fast Facts
Addiewell Station: Fast Facts
25 facts about Addiewell Station
Page link: Mr Graham retires after 32 years as Addiewell headmaster
Mr Graham retires after 32 years as Addiewell headmaster
Much loved teacher presented with gifts
Page link: Addiewell's schools
Addiewell's schools
Happiest days...? Perhaps not, but formative days, certainly.
Page link: Railway miscellany
Railway miscellany
Brief news items on Addiewell and its railway lines
Page link: May Processions
May Processions
The May Procession was a great day in village life - when the statue of the Virgin Mary was paraded through the village followed by crowds of young people singing praises.
Page link: Murder and suicide in Addiewell 1912
Murder and suicide in Addiewell 1912
A mother kills her child then herself in a double tragedy
Page link: A tour of Addiewell Oil Works in 1902
A tour of Addiewell Oil Works in 1902
How the shale was mined and processed
Page link: Meadowhead House
Meadowhead House
Meadowhead by West Calder, is a fine small mansion house dating from the 18th century,and substantially re-built and extended in the late 19th century as a home for himself by West Calder architect, J.G. Fairley.
Page link: Cricket in Addiewell
Cricket in Addiewell
Cricket is not generally associated with Scotland, but was popular in West Lothian in the late 19th century, when many local clubs were formed.
Page link: Housing - sheughs and shunkies
Housing - sheughs and shunkies
Appalling sanitary conditions
Page link: Addiewell's housing in 1914
Addiewell's housing in 1914
'a positive pestilence... bad in the extreme...'
Page link: Characters of Other Days
Characters of Other Days
Addiewell folk in days gone by
Page link: Addiewell's bings
Addiewell's bings
As Addiewell's bings spread, they swallowed up at least a couple of houses.
Page link: Old days at Addiewell recalled
Old days at Addiewell recalled
Memories of the old days recorded in 1950 and 1967
Page link: How the Chapel got its name
How the Chapel got its name
Doubting Thomases
Page link: The Chapel
The Chapel
Addiewell's Catholic Church
Page link: Death of Paddy Crossan, popular Heart of Midlothian player
Death of Paddy Crossan, popular Heart of Midlothian player
Paddy Crossan, born in Addiewell, was one of the famous Hearts team that enlisted in the Royal Scots during the First World War.
Page link: John Hanlon, Hearts and Scotland
John Hanlon, Hearts and Scotland
Addiewell boy John Hanlon was a successful footballer and athlete
Page link: Schools in the early days
Schools in the early days
Addiewell's schools in 1885
Page link: Some Addiewell churches
Some Addiewell churches
Addiewell has a complex church history - this is an attempt to untangle it. Look out for the page on the chapel as well.
Page link: Dr Livingstone, I presume?
Dr Livingstone, I presume?
The David Livingstone connection with Addiewell
Page link: Ordeal on a high wire
Ordeal on a high wire
Seventy minutes of terror
Page link: Francis O'Hagan
Francis O'Hagan
Addiewell lad signs for St Johnstone
Page link: Addiewell's geology
Addiewell's geology
Minerals - shale, coal and clay
Page link: Drowned in pond
Drowned in pond
Addiewell railway clerk vanishes
Page link: Street names new
Street names new
Street names of Addiewell & Loganlea today
Page link: The end of the old village
The end of the old village
Dingin doon the hooses
Page link: Accidents - road and rail
Accidents - road and rail
From collisions to fatalities - and the people involved
Page link: Alarming fire at Young's Oil Works
Alarming fire at Young's Oil Works
Fire rips through the works in 1882
Page link: Quarrelling and fighting?
Quarrelling and fighting?
Not in Addiewell in 1876!