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West Lothian was a mainly rural county before the advent of the shale oil industry, and the influx of labour required to work and process the shale had to be accommodated in new housing, often built in the shadow of the oil works. These company villages were often remote from established centres of the population and quickly developed as distinct, self-reliant communities.
Whereas the shale villages section of this website records the bricks-and-mortar of company housing, this section celebrates the people who served the industry and the everyday life of the shale oil communities.
West Lothian histories
Recollections of life and work in the early 20th century
A miscellany of life, work and leisure in shale field communities
Your reminiscences and research, patter and poetry
Other sections of the website related to community life
A listing and description of the company housing constructed to house oil workers and miners.