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Lochinvar

Aerial View  -  1947

Aerial View of Wardie School Playing Fields, Edinburgh  -  1947

©  The aerial photograph to which this key has been added is reproduced courtesy of RCAHMS

Lochinvar Camp  -  A Hero's Home!

Lochinvar Camp   -   A Hero's Home

©  Reproduced by courtesy of Evening News.   Click here for web site details.   Scotsman Photo 017713. (I have added the sepia toning)

Lochinvar Camp  -  Children at Lochinvar Camp  -  1951

Lochinvar Camp   -  1951

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Lochinvar Camp  -  The Kitchen  -  1951

Lochinvar Camp   -  1951

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Lochinvar Camp  -  Women and Children in the Kitchen  -  1951

Lochinvar Camp   -   1951

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Duddingston Camp  -  Women and Children in the Kitchen  -  1951

Duddingston Camp   -  1951

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Emergency Housing Site

1946

During World War II Lochinvar Camp was a Naval training establishment, but following the end of the war, in 1946, it passed to Edinburgh Council and was used to house homeless families that did not qualify for council housing.

 

Press Comments  -  1951

Here are some comments from the Evening Dispatch article:

"Conditions are not all they might be.  Crowding is a serious problem'"

"There are no playground amenities for the children, so the youngsters make the best of a large puddle" 

Nevertheless, the children were reported to be healthy with the sea air and the residents were quoted as saying:

"We have little to complain about - it could be worse".

 

 

Press Comments  -  1956

Five years later, the Evening Dispatch reported :

- The city's other camps at Duddingston, Craigentinny and Sighthill. had already closed. 

-  The 71 families living in Lochinvar Camp at the end of 1955 had all now been re-housed  -  the final residents,  George Carson (caretaker) and his wife and four children, moving out of on October 31, 1956.

This article referred to the camp as:

"an eyesore ... a scene of desolation with crumbling buildings, dilapidated huts with masonry, barbed wire and rubbish"

"probably one of the worst camps of its kind.

 "living conditions so bad that in 1951 residents protested outside St Andrew's House."

It apparently did not take long to demolish the camp after the last residents moved out. 

 In October 1956, the Evening Dispatch reported:

"a crowd of happy youngsters was seen breaking up the entrance to the recently vacated hut"

 "Soon, all that will be left will be the roadways, concrete Nissen bases and heaps of rubble"

 

 

Memories of Lochinvar Camp

Allan Hosey

Edinburgh

Thank you to Allan Hosey for passing on his parents' memories of Lochinvar Camp.

Allan wrote:

Buildings

"The camp was still laid out in a dormitory/block format with shared kitchen and toilets. There were, according to my parents' recollections, approximately 10 blocks containing a total of about 100 families.

The officers block was lined with plasterboard and was wood-panelled.  The other blocks were constructed of corrugated sheet and other cheaper materials."

Families

"Most families had young children, so the camp was a lively place.

My father, like most men in the camp, was out at work all day and my mother would take her four children, two of whom were born in the camp, out with the pram and visit her mother or friends in Dean Village."

Mixed Recollections

"My parents' recollections of the camp are mixed. On the one hand there were hygiene problems and gastroenteritis outbreaks were frequent. And petty thefts, including my fatherís war medals, were not uncommon.

However, despite these negative aspects, Pat and Agnes did have some fond memories of the camp and made some friendships that lasted a lifetime."

 

Allan Hosey, Edinburgh:  December 7, 2006

 

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