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The Invergordon Archive

West End, Saltburn
The Invergordon Archive
West End, Saltburn

This is a postcard that was send to me by my mum, Nellie Huggins, in 1968. It says West End, Saltburn but the picture must date back to a much earlier time.
Picture added on 18 September 2013 at 10:39
Lovely old pic, I think Rose Cottage (my parents' house) a few yards east of the 1st pole (not sure if telephone or elect - note the others on the "shore" side of road too). If so pic must be pre 1960s as cottage porch not yet added. The pavement/grass bank was, surprisingly, still like pic in the early '60s I recall from visits! Mr Vicker's garage on the right stored my car around the 1980s. I remember a car crash there (not me!). The wall was demolished by the impact but thankfully no-one hurt I think!

(Many thanks, I've altered the date to 1950 as, although it's a guess, it's rather more accurate - Site Admin.)
Added by Dave Fleming on 30 September 2013
Dave, please contact us. Your family at Rose Cottage were related to us McDonald/Cameron bunch.
Added by Bernard on 01 August 2014
I remember the pavement and road drains being put in when I was 6 or 7 by Pat Munro. So that would have been around '62 or '63.
Added by David Gordon on 03 September 2014
I remember walking through Saltburn in 1970 and there were no street lights. Would that be correct?
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 13 September 2014
There definitely were streetlights in 1970 but they were the old big single bulb kind not neon. This may have been when they changed ? I remember because the streetlights stopped at the end of Westwood and started again at Saltburn School. If I had been to the pictures in Invergordon and was on my own I could have beaten Usain Bolt as I ran in the pitch dark between street lights.
Added by David Gordon on 25 September 2014
Does anyone remember the drinking fountain and cup that was in Saltburn? I remember drinking from it and think it was on the main road close to the school, but not sure.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 28 September 2014
West of this picture and west of Saltburn School there used to be a quarry where I believe clay was extracted. I remember as a very young lad in the mid to late fifties that it was derelict and no longer in use.The land by then was marshy with a lot of surface water and little ponds which youngsters used to go for tadpoles. The site of this would be the north end of the new woodland walk and maybe reaching over towards the new road from the Smelter pier.
Can anyone shed any light on what the clay was used for, was it locally or was it shipped out by road or sea and when did the works actually finish?
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 28 October 2014
I remember a type of fountain on the pavement near the school end. I used to deliver Sunday papers for my father (Jocks King street) and the address on my list was called Geordie the Tap.
He was an old man who lived alone and used to get really annoyed when his sister visited him annually and would tidy the place up.
Added by John Mitchell on 30 October 2014
Hi John the fountain had a metal cup attached by a chain, glad someone else remembers.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 31 October 2014
National Library of Scotland (nls) map images allows you to search under historic maps (use Scotland, Kilmuir Easter). Saltburn is on the OS six inch 1892-1905 map and shows sites of several Taps along the village including one near school. My grandfather in the 1920s had to dig up road to pipe a water supply over to sea side where he had built a bungalow. Street lights were present in 1940s but electricity to bungalow was not connected until mid 1950s.
Added by Karen Graham on 02 November 2014
You're not the only one, I remember the fountain.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 10 November 2014
Hi Eddie, there wasn't much to Saltburn, but I remember stopping and having a cup of water there.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 11 November 2014
I asked my Uncle Iain if he knew anything about what the clay from the quarry was used for but he just remembered it being known as the "Clayhole" and Paterson Ord farm rearing pheasants in the area. There was also an area behind Kincraig House called the "Kettlehole"...
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 11 November 2014
The quarry was used in the 1930s when frozen over for Curling. Saltburn as well as having a successful football team also had a cricket team at this time. My grandfather who lived in the village from the early 1920s used to take me to "the Quarry Hole" to collect tadpoles but never spoke about it being used to quarry clay so presumably this was from an earlier time.
Added by Karen Graham on 13 November 2014
Looks like the quarry operation certainly pre dates World War 2 and unless it is recorded somewhere then we may never know the answer to the question I asked originally about the usage of the clay. The question was posed to me by my eldest brother who will be 80 his next birtday (he will be delighted that has now appeared on the internet !!!). Sometimes in life unfortunately you run out of people to ask and always regret never having asked earlier. My father was born and brought up in Saltburn and would probably have known but ....
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 13 November 2014
Nos map of 1843-1882 shows school as "Free Church School" Adjoining woods extend to railway line. On 1892-1905 map woodland is partially cleared but no reference on either of a quarry. So it remains a mystery.
Added by Karen Graham on 15 November 2014
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