" There are 8 single and 84 double houses, 44 of which are back to back. Many of the houses are below the level of the road, and rents range from 1/- to 2/3 per week. There are no coal cellars, wash-houses or sculleries. A few stand-pipes supply the water. The refuse is removed weekly. Dry privies of a kind exist. These houses are of a very poor type, and ought to be condemned. Houses are scarce." Theodore K. Irvine, Report on the Housing Conditions in the Scottish Shale Field, 1914
"The villagers at Gavieside Row, near West Calder, have received notice to quit. The row is to be demolished. Gavieside is stated to be Scotland's first shale village. It was built in 1863 by West Calder Oil Co. Ltd. The people of Gavieside are to e rehoused at the Polbeth Housing Scheme, West Calder".
West Lothian Courier, 31st March 1939