Today’s blog is written by Stuart Laidlaw who over the past few months has added hundreds of images of Sighthill to Edinburgh Collected, our online community archive.
We’re incredibly grateful to Stuart for uploading his wonderful pictures and memories of growing up in Sighthill during the late 1940s to mid 1960s to Edinburgh Collected so that this area of Edinburgh and this time of huge change in the city is better represented in our collections.
“We never realised we were making memories – we were just having fun.
Back in 1930, a walk along the Calder Road from Longstone to the Union Canal would have meant a stroll past farms and fields on both sides of the road.
By 1950, the Broomhouse, Parkhead, Sighthill, Calders Prefab Estates and the Sighthill Industrial Estate had replaced most of them.
By 1970, the prefabs were gone, replaced by high rise flats.
I lived in the prefabs at 11 Calder Drive from 1949 until it and all the other 536 were demolished in 1965/66.
Childhood was a time of walking safely the mile or so to and from school up to four times a day.
We could play happily in the streets or surrounding fields.
We went to Sunday School or Band of Hope.
We attended Cubs, Brownies,Scouts ,Girl Guides or the Boys Brigade.
Life was almost pollution free.
In the prefabs we had our own gardens.
So much happened that is now forgotten.
So much now disappeared without a trace.
I was inspired to contribute to Edinburgh Collected when I discovered that so little information about the area was available on the Internet.
With the help of the ex-pupils of Murrayburn Primary School from the 1940s,50s and 60s, I have gathered together photographs and memories of that era, many of them never before seen in public.
I hope that the Scrapbooks will bring alive the atmosphere of the times, and will prove both enjoyable and informative to present and future generations.“
View Stuart’s page on Edinburgh Collected to enjoy his wonderful collection of picture memories and scrapbooks depicting life in Sighthill during the post-war years.