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Hutments

Temporary Wooden Housing built in the 1920s, after World War I

 

Temporary Post-War Housing

World War II

Prefabs

About 4,000 prefabs were constructed in Edinburgh in the late-1940s.  These were pre-fabricated houses which were intended to have a life of fifteen years, but some are still in use and appear to be in good condition today (in 2011) in Edinburgh.

The EdinPhoto web site now includes photos and memories of Edinburgh prefabs:

Craigour Avenue  -   prefab housing erected in the 1940s

World War I

Hutments

I only recently became aware that there had been a similar project in the 1920s, following the end of World War I.  Wooden housing was constructed, known a 'hutments' (a chiefly military term for a group of huts).

Frances Murray wrote

Sloan Street

Temporary Housing

"My dad, Hamish McGlynn, b 1928, was brought up in Sloan Street. I remember him describing temporary housing being put up in the concrete play park, possibly during the war years.

I cannot seem to find any information about this and wonder if any of your contributors can help."

Frances Murray, Broomhouse, Edinburgh:  May 4, 2011

John Dickson replied, enclosing a press cutting and photograph.

"This old newspaper cutting shows wooden huts in Iona street, the caption reads: 'Wooden Hutments occupied as dwelling-houses are being demolished by Edinburgh Corporation'."

John Dickson, Broughton, Edinburgh:  June 27, 2011

Question

Does anybody else have any information about Hutments in Edinburgh?

 

Replies

1.

Neil Lawrence
Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

-  Albert Street

-  Meadowbank

Reply

1.

Neil Lawrence

Fountainbridge, Edinburgh

Thank you to Neil Lawrence for his research into this topic.

Neil wrote:

1921

"As fare as I can see, there were two sets of hutments built in 1921

-  about 56 were built at Albert Street

-  about 88 were built at Meadowbank

These were later demolished. (See note on City of Edinburgh Council drainage records, 1939/40.)

I've not been able to find any photos of the Edinburgh hutments or any more information about them, either on the web or elsewhere."

Neil Lawrence, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh:  July 8, 2011

Please click on the thumbnail images below to see the two maps and one of he drainage reports that Neil sent to me:

Albert Street area

Map showing hutments

   Edinburgh  - Albert Street area   -  Map showing hutments

Meadowbank area

Map showing hutments

   Edinburgh  - Meadowbank  area   -  Map showing hutments

Meadowbank area

London Road (north side)

Drainage Report

  

 

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EdinPhoto - Home Page  Please send me an e-mail ...  with your questions, comments, suggestions or news.   At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.     At any time, you can search for a word  -  perhaps a photographer's name or a photographic topic.  The search will produce a list of pages on the EdinPhoto web site where this word appears.  

Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks