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Dunbar in the 1950s

Cover of the new book

Welcome to the launch of a new book by James E Herring, author of Stranded: The Whales at Thorntonloch in 1950. This book is published by Dunbar and District History Society. All profits from the book go to the Society and none to the author. Details of the book’s contents, photos from the book, and how to order a copy/copies online, are provided below.

Book Contents

Part one: Whales, rationing, housing and entertainment

This section of the book includes: Chapter 1 – The whales at Thorntonloch in 1950 revisited; Chapter 2 – Rationing; Chapter 3 – Housing; and Chapter 4 – Entertainment

Part 2: Shops and shopping

This section of the book includes: Chapter 5 – The Store: The Co-operative shops in Dunbar; Chapter 6 – Lipton’s shop; Chapter 7 – George Low & Son: The shop, the businesses and the auctions; Chapter 8 – MJ and B Williamson’s shop; Chapter 9 – AT Smith’s shop; Chapter 10 – Louis Allen’s shop; Chapter 11 – Knox the Newsagent’s shop; Chapter 12 – Carruthers’ shop and restaurant/cafe; Chapter 13 – Conclusion.

The book is 150 pages in length and has 100 photographs/illustrations given to the author or found online. You can view a photo from each chapter below – click to enlarge a photo. Each chapter is based on interviews the author did with people who lived in Dunbar in the 1950s as adults or children and has many quotes from these interviews. The book costs £10 plus £1.50 p&p(not full cost) within the UK. If you live outside the UK, postage can be estimated and sent to you.

To order a copy/copies of the book, please email me at with your address, and I will email you with details of how to pay via BACS. Once payment is made, I will post your book(s) to you. I hope that you will enjoy reading the book.

Dr James Herring

Chapter 1 photo (Click to enlarge all photos – recommended)
Chapter 7 photo
Chapter 12 photo
Chapter 2 photo
Chapter 8 photo
Chapter 13 photo
Chapter 3 photo
Chapter 9 photo
Chapter 4 photo
Chapter 10 photo
Chapter 5 photo
Chapter 11 photo
Chapter 6 photo

Get in Touch

The Herring House
4 Roxburghe Court
City, East Lothian EH42 1TN
Scotland, UK