The 1920s were a period of widespread housebuilding across Midlothian.
Coal owners, notably the Lothian Coal Company Ltd, were keen to provide a decent standard of accommodation for their workers.
By the mid-1920s, Newtongrange’s population was some 6,500 and the demand for houses was steadily growing.
In 1924, 144 houses were constructed and in 1925 a further 83 houses were completed.
These one storey houses, complete with a small enclosed front garden, bathroom and scullery, were used by the ordinary workers.
Houses for the officials of the colliery at Newtongrange were built to a larger scale, being two storeys high.
Photo: Scran/National Museums Scotland
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