'Living conditions in the late '40s and '50s were simple. There were many large families, often crammed into a small house. The living room would have linoleum on the floor with the occasional rag rug, the backing of which was easily come by. There would be a range or open fire with usually a kettle or a pot of soup quietly simmering. Fuel would mainly be wood, easily come by as there was a local sawmill, and coal. A primus stove would often by kept for emergencies. These were the days prior to washing machines and often the washing would be laundered with a washboard over an open fire outside. Flat irons were still being used but were gradually being replaced by electric ones. Most food was home produced. Country gardens would hold vegetables and fruit, hens were kept' - there is an old photograph in evidence showing hens grazing where the new churchyard extension is now.
'Milk would be collected from the farm. The Co-op vans came round regularly, often taking your order and returning within a day or two with it'.
© 2004 Fourth Statistical Account of East Lothian Society