Down Memory Lane

Eskbank Road, Dalkeith, with the spires of West Church and St John's Church in view. Photo courtesy of Midlothian Council Local Studies
Eskbank Road, Dalkeith, with the spires of West Church and St John's Church in view. Photo courtesy of Midlothian Council Local Studies

The Sunday School trip season was now in full swing. For many of the local children, this was their one big treat of the summer, and made all those dreary Sundays worthwhile!

On Tuesday 9th, St John’s made their annual pilgrimage to Longniddry, and were driven there in horse drawn carts.

On Thursday 11th, the West Parish went to Niddrie Marischal. Over 200 went in carts and vans (again horse drawn), lent by friends and it was voted the “best ever”.

On Friday 12th, the children of Pathhead Catholic Church drove to Vogrie in wagonettes. (I would be interested if anyone could tell me why Pathhead had a Catholic Church, whilst other surrounding villages did not).

But pride of place went to Newbattle Kirk, who did it in style! On Saturday 13th a special train took over 700 people to Prestonpans, where they marched from the station to the sea behind the Pipe Band!

1901 obviously had a good summer, because every report mentioned the superb weather.

The Dalkeith Show took place as usual on the 1st Saturday in July, although then it was held in Woodburn Park, not Lugton. The main prizes in the Cattle section were won by the Arniston Coal Company and the Duke of Buccleuch.

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