The Broxburn Model
In 1904, the Broxburn Model Lodging House and Working Mens Home Limited opened the Broxburn Model Lodging House at Stewartfield.
Known as 'The Model', it provided accommodation for men who mainly walked the roads looking for work - such as in the shale oil industry, the construction of the railways or as agricultural labourers. Accommodation was basic with most men being housed in dormitories.
In 1955, the Broxburn Model closed - indeed it was the last lodging house in West Lothian still in use at that time. Prior to it being demolished, it served as premises for the bookbinders Hunter and Foulis (they also owned the Crossgreen Model Lodging House in Uphall).