Livingston now celebrates its 50th anniversary.Starting as one of the four new towns to be built in the early 1960’s. Livingston was built to help accommodate what was know as the Glasgow overspill which had built up and densely populated Glasgow city centre in the years following the second world war. Out of the four new town Livingston has by far become the most successful of the projects. Many large businesses employing hundreds of local workers have come and gone over the years, Cameron Ironworks and NEC to name just a couple.
Situated on the River Almond Valley between Edinburgh and Glasgow made this a prime location and now has a population of 60,000.
Lying just 15 miles from Edinburgh its has benefited from the economic success that capital has had over the years. Constant investment in houses both private and council has helped Livingston to continue to grow to the second largest settlement in the Lothians after Edinburgh. It is also the seventh biggest in Scotland and with a population larger that of Perth, Stirling and Inverness. A point to consider when reading these figures is Perth, Stirling and Inverness have been around for hundreds of years and up until 1962 what would become Livingston was open farmland surrounding an ancient village.
The information to create this website has been been gathered from various sources
Discovering West Lothian book by William F Hendrie, Images of Livingston book by William F Hendrie, Livingston In Old Pictures & Postcards book by William F Hendrie, Shale Oil - A History Of The Industry In The Lothians ook by Guthrie Hutton also Google and own collection