Down Memory Lane

Eskbank Road, Dalkeith, Midlothian, c. 1900''�National Museums Scotland. Licensor www.scran.ac.uk.
Eskbank Road, Dalkeith, Midlothian, c. 1900''�National Museums Scotland. Licensor www.scran.ac.uk.

When you say 1901, it may sound like a long time ago – but it was in the 20th Century, and most of us spent a fair part of our lives in the 20th Century.

My grandparents were teenagers in 1901, and I suppose the same could be said for many of you. In fact, some of you may have had parents who were alive in 1901.

My point is that, in time and in generations, 1901 wasn’t long ago. Most of us have probably known and spoken to someone who was alive in 1901.

But the world in 1901 was a completely different place. Queen Victoria was still on the throne (at least when 1901 began).

Britain was at the height of its powers and was probably the greatest industrial and military nation in the world. The British Empire was at its peak, covering one fifth of the globe and taking in one quarter of the world’s population.

It was a time when Dalkeith was almost self-sufficient.

You could buy everything you needed for everyday life in Dalkeith, and a fair amount of what you needed was actually made or produced in Dalkeith.

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