Post Office Regional Engineering Training Centre
Poles and Hangers
"Curiosity led me to your page and the photo
of the old Post Office Regional Engineering Training Centre that became
the BT School.
The poles were for training purposes and the
people attending those courses used the two large hangars seen directly
behind the pole field.
The modern looking building to the left of
the hangars was built in the early -1960s. I was a student
there in 1970."
"Directly across the road from this building
was an array of interlinked wooden huts that were typical of army
Behind them there was an enormous playing
field area with several football pitches. All the wooden huts were
demolished around 1981 and the then European Economic Community built a
spectacular vocational school for the Post Office. I believe that this
was part of a regional development programme
So at its peak the school could deal with a
considerable number of courses and students. However after privatisation
the decline started and I believe that the new EEC building was sub-let
and I was told that an insurance company was using part of it."
"I worked in the school from 1980 to 1985 so
I know all about that time.
It was clear that the original wooden huts
were a war-time army installation. My judgement is that they were
unlikely to have been barracks.
Although they were pretty rough classrooms
in 1980 when I worked in them I suspect that they had always been
classrooms or offices."
"I've been told by several people at that
time that in the period immediately after WW2 the site was used by the
army as some sort of rocket site. There was the suggestion that
the river Forth was a handy safeguard for wayward activity.
I never had any reason to doubt what I was
told and assumed that this activity started during WW2. Indeed
after the new school was built by the EEC the old playing fields flooded
and became a wet land haven for the bird life from the Forth.
When this was eventually investigated it was
found that the water source was an old abandoned water pipe that had fed
a hut in the far north corner of the site. This pretty much confirmed
everyone's suspicion that at one time the whole site must have been
filled with huts. Given this it must have been a big affair."
Willie McAlpine, Lanark, Lanarkshire, Scotland: 27 January 2017