Older Buildings in Uphall
The aim of this section is to give you some brief information about a few of Uphall's older buildings. If you wish to know more, I advise that you read A Walk Round Old Uphall by Mr and Mrs Cavanagh. This excellent publication was written in 1997 and, at the time, helped in raising funds for Strathbrock Parish Church. It should be available to read at the local library.
Muir's Buildings were built in 1890 by Sir John Pender (he was a liberal democrat MP). His initials are carved into the stonework of the upper story. The buildings take their name from their next owner, James Muir. By the 1980's, the buildings had fallen into a state of disrepair and had to be renovated. Now a mix of housing and shops occupy them.
The Oatridge Hotel was formerly known as the Uphall Inn. It was a coaching inn that served the travellers on the turnpike road between Edinburgh and Glasgow. The turnpike road was opened in the late 1790's and the inn was built soon after (in the early 1800's).
Shortly after the end of the First World War, Tammy Johnston obtained an old army hut from Bangour General Hospital. His first shop, in the hut, was across the road (on the main street) from the car showroom at St. Andrews Drive. He serviced bikes and gramophones. He moved to new premises, across the street, in 1928. The family run business unfortunately ceased trading in early 2003.
Uphall Model Lodging House
This building still stands, but under a new name! It is now the church hall for Strathbrock Parish Church. The Uphall Model was built in 1902/1903 and served its purpose, as a house for poor working men, women, families and vagrants, until it closed in 1948. For a while after, it was used by Hunter and Foulis as a book bindery. It has been a church hall since the mid 1970's. It is the only Model House in West Lothian which has survived in its original form.