Swedish Houses were built here about 1950. Some wooden 'kit' houses were gifted to Britain after the war by the Swedish Government and more were subsequently purchased from Sweden and used to house forestry workers around the country as there was an acute housing shortage and reforestation on a huge scale was underway. There are Swedish Houses Ardentinny, Swedish Houses Arrochar, Swedish Houses Glenbranter....many locations and usually just 12 or so houses in each existing village.
Unemployed men from Glasgow came here seeking work. They and their wives were delighted with the wonderful family houses with three bedrooms, living room, kitchen, bathroom, wash house and coal house (now my studio), a Rayburn and a garden. The field between our house and the loch was a tree nursery.
Lots of large families grew up here and at our recent reunion of children from the village school (see Coronation Wood posts) lots of stories were told of the fun and adventures that were had. One man recalled the boys daring each other to swing from the rafters of Swedish Houses as they were being built.
The garden of Robert Dash whom I mentioned in yesterday's post can be seen in some short videos here.