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ARP Guide Edinburgh

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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).

Edinburgh ARP

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
A9 Grassmarket
A21 Parkside St
A25 Marchmont Cresc.
A28 Charterhall Rd
A30 Bright’s Cresc.
A36 Fairmilehead
A39 Liberton Gardens
A40 Gilmerton
A41 Duddingston Crossroads
A42 Craigmillar
A48 Niddrie Mill
(Carter type) City Chambers
B8 Canonmills
B15 The Mound
B18 Orchard Brae
B19 Heriot Row
B24 Crewe Toll
B27 Boswall Green
C1 Tollcross
C5 Rutland Sq.
C10 Magdala Cresc.
C12 Murrayfield Ave.
C14 White Park, Gorgie
C18 Corstorphine
C28 Davidsons’ Mains
C21 Blackhall
C22 Merchiston Ave
C24 Belhaven Terr.
C29 Balgreen Rd at Saughtonhall Drive
C32 Longstone
C36 Barnton
C42 Firhill
C44 Colinton
C48 Hutchison Crossway
D2 Craighall Rd
D4 Newhaven Rd
D7 Portland Place
D16 Albert St
D20 Lochend Park
D23 Bath St
D25 Foot of Leith Walk (pillar)
P3 Piershill
P7 Baileyfield Rd
P9 Dalkeith St., Joppa
Factory Hooter Granton Gas Works

Report Centres

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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