ARP Guide Edinburgh
In September 1935, local authorities were encouraged to organise Air Raid Precautions (ARP). In April 1937, an Air Raid Warden Service was created and by the middle of 1938 this had some 2,000 recruits. This figure had increased to more than 1.5 million by September 1939, with both men and women joining the emergency services as ARP wardens.
Much of the following information was obtained from the ARP Guide, City of Edinburgh Corporation (Edinburgh. Air Raid Precautions Committee. 1939).
The Edinburgh Warning District included Crail, Dunbar, Dunfermline, Edinburgh, Kirkcaldy, Ladybank, and Peebles.
ARP headquarters was located in Cranston St, Edinburgh.
Air raid sirens
Electric sirens (Gent & Co type) were installed throughout the city and were operated from a central switch at Police HQ.
|Police Box No.||Location|
|A4||Foot of Canongate|
|(Carter type)||City Chambers|
|C14||White Park, Gorgie|
|C29||Balgreen Rd at Saughtonhall Drive|
|D25||Foot of Leith Walk (pillar)|
|P9||Dalkeith St., Joppa|
|Factory Hooter||Granton Gas Works|
Control HQ: Police HQ, High St.
|Centre||Division||Area Controlled||Est. Population||Divisional Controller|
|Braid Place Police Station||A||Wards 3 & 4 & 21||66,000||Police Superintendent A Div.|
|Gayfield Place Police Station||B||Wards 1, 8, 9, 10 & 11||90,000||Police Superintendent B Div.|
|Torphichen Place Police Station||C||Wards 5, 6, 7, 13, 22 & 23||138,000||Police Superintendent C Div.|
|Leith Police Station||D||Wards 17, 18, 19 & 20||72,000||Police Superintendent D Div.|
|Portobello Police Station||D Sub.||Ward 16||35,000||Inspector in Charge, Portobello|
|ARP HQ, Cranston St.||E||Wards 2, 12, 14 & 15||69,000||Lieutenant in Charge, ARP HQ E Div.|
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