Looking back: 38 pictures of Linlithgow in the past

Take a trip back in time more than 50 years.

Monday, 31st August 2020, 2:40 pm
Linlithgow in the past.
Linlithgow in the past.

These great pictures from our archives show different aspects of life in the Linlithgow area from a bygone time, mainly the 1950s and 60s, showing people at work, rest and play, as well as how some familiar places and landscapes looked back then. There’s even a visit from the Queen and a few Marches, while the oldest picture was taken 91 years ago!

Linlithgow Loch, October 1929.
Linlithgow's new county buildings, October 1940.

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Linlithgow Bridge across the River Avon, August 1946.
A view of Linlithgow from the banks of the Union Canal looking towards St Michael's Church and the Palace, March 1948.
The Grange, Linlithgow, July 1949.
Linlithgow viaduct taken from the Edinburgh-Falkirk road, December 1952.
Thomas Chalmers paper mill, July 1953.
Piccolo Company performance of Mary Stuart in Linlithgow Palace, August 1954.
Band on way from Linlithgow Palace to bridge at Marches, June 1954.
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh walking through Linlithgow to the County Buildings after visiting Linlithgow Palace, July 1955.
Best decorated lorry at the Marches, June 1955.
Commercial Driver of the Year competition at Linlithgow - van being reversed during test, September 1956.
Van donated by Muskegon County in Michigan, USA, to the County Council of West Lothian in memory of a former Michigan resident who emigrated from Linlithgow, February 1956.
Linlithgow Academy, March 1958.
Threshing oats at Bridgend Farm near Linlithgow, May 1959.
New bridge over River Avon under construction, May 1959
Procession and floats at the Marches, June 1959.
Linlithgow Rose after winning the News and Dispatch Cup, June 1961.
Linlithgow and District Junior Agricultural Club held a dance in Hopetoun House, October 1962.
The Bridge Inn to be closed, March 1962.
St Magdalene Distillery - Night security officer Mr T. Clydesdale in one of the warehouses, December 1962.
Linlithgow Gala - Queen Heather arrives with her retinue, July 1963.
Linlithgow Gala - Group of youth organisations, July 1963.
Floats in the rain at the Marches, June 1963.
A section of the crowd in the rain at the Marches, June 1963.
Barn dance - one of the floats at the Marches, June 1963.
New housing estate showing Manse Road, December 1963.
Linlithgow High Street, December 1963.
Race horses from the stables of trainer Mr Craig Brown of Linlithgow, in training on sands at Cramond, January 1963.
Aerial view of Linlithgow, October 1963.
Aerial view of Linlithgow Palace and loch in the snow, February 1963.
Flats at West Port, December 1964.
Construction of a new crown for the tower of St Michael's Church, taken from the rose garden, September 1964.
Spectators at the Marches in June 1965.
1st Linlithgow Brownie pack at the Marches, June 1965.
Spectators at the Marches in June 1965.
1st Linlithgow Guides and Brownies at the Marches in June 1967.
Girls from RE Spencer clothing manufacturers at the Marches in June 1967.