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The Old Calder Road up to 1965 [Part One]


The Old Calder Road ran from the Union Canal to the Longstone Road junction.
The bridge over the Union canal was then the City Boundary.
There was a Police House beside it where a Mr Mackenzie lived.
It was later lived in by the Wooliscroft family P.C. John, wife Jessie and daughter Ruth. The Reid family stayed in the early1970s.When they moved out the house was set on fire and had to be demolished.

On the left hand side was Cultins or Gerry Road due to the POW Camp which had been nearby.

From Cultins Road until you reached Bankhead Avenue was a strip of grass with the Industrial Estate on the left including William Thynes and Burtons Biscuits.(See Pictures )

On the right was the Bus Terminus which had a small Toilet block at the top of Calder Crescent just before the first prefab.(See Pictures)
Just past the Bus Terminus and a small field, the Prefabs started with Calder Drive the first road off.(See Pictures and map of the Estate) and continued to a row of shops at the top of Calder Avenue West.
The shops were single storey, made of concrete, and from the top were a Butchers, Paint and Wallpaper shop , Fruit and Veg shop, Bakers and St Cuthbert’s Co-op.
Across the road stood a small cream-coloured Episcopal Church called St Stephens. Built in 1949, it was demolished in 1964. ( see Map)

The houses then continued more or less right up to Wester Hailes Road.(See Picture )

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