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The Invergordon Archive

Saltburn West End looking east
The Invergordon Archive
Saltburn West End looking east

Another postcard showing the same view as picture #1614 and this one is dated 23/12/1914. It was sent from "Rockfields" Saltburn to Mabel Jamieson, London. The message reads "Behold my Village - it is easily a mile long" - still no electricity/telegraph poles. In 1923 there was no water supply to houses on beach side of road. Road still looks like it is of compacted earth. I can remember my grandparents having electricity installed in mid 50's. I did my homework by light of Tilly Lamp.
(Residents of houses visible from left to right at later date possibly 1940s: Simpson, unknown, Dean, Geordie Davidson - known as Geordie Doll, Watson)

Regarding picture #1614: second house no longer thatched and has added upper storey. Telegraph/electricity poles now visible and road surfaced. All houses had grass outfront where now there is pavement.

An interesting set of postcard images of same view.
Picture added on 06 August 2014 at 12:59
Lovely pic! "Rose cottage" (my grandparents post mid '60s) is I think the 3rd house along in this photo. Geordie Davidson's cottage was set back a little hence not actually visible here. I remember him and the punts which he launched via rollers on the shoreline. Grass verges ie no pavement was still the case in the mid '60s as I remember! A Mrs Dean I vaguely recall c1960s. A Mrs Watson and also a Colin Watson also. Not sure if "Rockfields" survives?
Added by Dave Fleming on 10 August 2014
The only place with a wall like that is the old school Saltburn, and that would make the house with the gable end Nan and Dennis Cahill's.
Added by Alistair Wilson on 12 August 2014
Eighteen-year-old John Allan McLoughlin, Rockfield, Saltburn, has been appointed on probation to a Permanent Commission in the Secretarial Branch of the Royal Air Force. After initial training at the Officer Cadet Training Unit, RAF Henlow, Bedfordshire, he will attend Aberdeen University.
Rockfield was the house the McLoughlin's lived at in the ’60s. Above is from the Ross-shire in 1968.
Not sure who lived there before that.
So Rockfield is much further along the village from the " Schoolie".
Added by David Gordon on 03 September 2014
Allan was in my class at school and if I remember correctly the family lived at the other end of the village from the school.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 03 September 2014
My brother Cam thinks the Garsons lived in Rockfield before the McLoughlins but moved to the "New Houses" built by Ross & Ross (now numbered 70 and 71) in the '60s.
Added by David Gordon on 13 September 2014
Yes David you are right I think. Rockfield always had a wooden chest/seat on the pavement outside the garden wall and I remember it as being the Garsons. The Mcloughlin family lived there after, I was in school with Andrew the younger son.
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 13 September 2014
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