Peep at the past

140113 peep at the past, linlithgow burgh school fire.
140113 peep at the past, linlithgow burgh school fire.
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OUR Peep at the Past this week takes us back to 1902 and the major fire which destroyed Linlithgow’s Burgh School.

The fire broke out around 1am on February 26 and it was spotted by workers at the nearby St Magdalene’s Distillery. Strong winds fanned the flames and neighbouring properties were also in danger of being set alight.

When the fire was at its height, the headmaster, Mr Walker, took it upon himself to smash an office window and retrieve the school roll and other important documents.

The school was extensively damaged and repairs were estimated to cost in excess of £3000. If you have an old picture you think would be of interest to our readers, drop it into the Journal and Gazette office at 114 High Street, Linlithgow, or into the post box at Bo’ness Library.

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