History of Broomhouse from 1939 to the early 1970s.

October 2020

Although on the lands of Old Saughton, its name is adopted from an estate which lay to the north of the Edinburgh and the Glasgow Railway. The earliest recorded versions of the name (c. 1600) were variations on Brum(e)hous.

The name was taken from a Mansion house (the Broom House) and farm which was situated at the junction of Meadow Place Road and Broomhouse Road. The broom actually grew all around this area.

It mainly comprises a low-rise council housing estate built between 1947 and 1950.

Broomhouse Primary was sited in various buildings, including the old St Joseph's on Calder Road. Eventually a new building was opened on Saughton Road in November 1957. The school stayed in this building until November 2002 when a new Broomhouse Primary was opened.

Below are where some other names originated:-

Sighthill : so called because of the good views of Corstorphine Hill, Arthur's Seat and the Pentlands.

​Parkhead : Named after the farm which was situated south of the Calder Road. The present streets and houses were constructed on the former farmlands.

​Saughton: took its name from the old mansion house of Saughton Hall. The gardens and grounds were located on what is now Saughton Park. "Saugh" means willow tree, as willows grew by the Water of Leith.

Calders: Believed to come from the Old Scottish name for a small stream.

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