The end of the old village

Dingin doon the hooses


In the 1940s and 1950s, Midlothian County Council began to build council houses to re-house the people in the Young’s Company houses.  

By that period the company houses were very sub-standard, and most were demolished.  Only Faraday Place survives from the old village.  It was originally built for the Company’s foremen and gaffers, and its houses were of a higher standard. 

Bank Street, Cross Street, Davy Street, Graham Street, Baker Street and Stevenson Street were demolished by the end of the 1950s.  Watt Street was next, and longest surviving was Livingstone Street, which lived on into the 1960s before being demolished.

And the Co-operative Store with the Institute Hall above it was sold. 

Photo:Livingstone Street in the process of demolition, 1960s.  Note Willie Cramb standing at the door of his house.

Livingstone Street in the process of demolition, 1960s. Note Willie Cramb standing at the door of his house.

John Kelly. All rights reserved. S1. 93

Photo:Livingston Street - going, going...

Livingston Street - going, going...

John Kelly. All rights reserved. S1. 160.

Photo:Addiewell branch of West Calder Co-operative, with the Institue Hall above.

Addiewell branch of West Calder Co-operative, with the Institue Hall above.

John Kelly. All rights reserved. S1. 488. S1.

Livingstone Street's houses lined both sides of this street.

This page was added by Sybil Cavanagh on 04/04/2012.