THE photographs in this week's trip down Memory Lane feature Rosyth.

The town's modern history centres around the naval base that was established there in the early part of the 20th century.

At that time the royal dockyards were sited on the south coast of England and it was decided that a dockyard at Rosyth was required to counter the growing threat from Germany.

To accommodate the number of workers required in the construction of the naval base and to work in it, temporary housing was built.

This village was known as 'Tin Town' or 'Bungalow City' and our first photograph shows one of its streets.

On the rear of the postcard is a description encouraging people to settle in Rosyth: "The climate is dry, healthy and bracing. It is a complete community in itself and has a church, reading room, tea-room, canteen, grocery and provision stores, bakery, recreation and football grounds.

"It is electrically lighted and each habitation has a good water supply. Food is cheap and rents are low. Swings and different kinds of amusements are provided for the children, as well as cinematographic entertainments. Band performances etc are given regularly."

Our next image is of a crater that opened up in another area of Tin Town, Bernard Shaw Street, in 1956.

A rent strike was organised at Rosyth among tenants of the Scottish National Housing Company in 1919, protesting about the levels of rent charged and the difficulty in paying them after men's wages were reduced after the end of the First World War.

Notices of eviction were served on 12 of the tenants and our next photograph shows a march of around 3,000 people passing up the dual carriageway to the sheriff court in Dunfermline in support of the evicted families.

Sheriff Umpherston however decided against the tenants and, despite the level of support, their demonstration was unsuccessful with the rent strike collapsing soon afterwards.

In 1926 the government reduced Rosyth Dockyard to a care and maintenance basis and the reduction in the size of the fleet meant there was no longer a requirement for all the dockyards.

Our final photograph shows some of the ships in the fleet passing under what at that time was the only bridge crossing the River Forth, the world famous Forth Bridge.

Many of the men working in Rosyth moved back to the English dockyards and many of the houses in Rosyth were left empty.

Ironically, in light of the earlier unsuccessful attempt to have rents reduced, one of the later measures introduced to attract people to fill the empty houses was a reduction in rents and the accommodation was quickly taken up.

More photographs like these can be seen in Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries (an appointment has to be made at present due to Covid restrictions) and also at Old Dunfermline DVD's are available online from