There are three rows of 24 houses each on one side of the main road and two rows of 24 houses each on the other. The houses are all built of brick, but some 72 of them have lately been rough-cast. The 72 consist of a room (12.5 x 11.5), kitchen (14.5 x 11.5 also bed recesses), scullery with sink, and w.c. A coal cellar for each house is provided and a wash-house for every four tenants, as also drying greens. For 24 houses gardens are provided. Rental - 2/9 and 3/- weekly, inclusive of rates. Cement pavements are laid between the houses. There are also 24 houses of room, kitchen, attic, with boiler in scullery, and a garden in front of house - rental 4/6 per week. Dust-bins are emptied daily by the Company. There is a good water supply and drainage system. An additional 24 new houses have just been built with similar accommodation as the foregoing, at rentals of 4/-, 4/6. and 5/-. The latter is for houses with two attics.
Theodore K. Irvine, Report on the Housing Conditions in the Scottish Shale Field, 1914.
Seafield: On the north side of the Main Road 33 houses have been officially closed. Houses No.1 - 24 facing south to be maintained. No block is completely empty at present. The houses on the south side to be maintained. Ritchie Bros. are still interested in a block of houses No.65 to 72, including shop, together with area of ground to the north of this block. Mr. Keddie to discuss this proposal with Ritchie Bros. Westwood to arrange to rehouse the tenants in this block as soon as possible by offering alternative accommodation.
Meeting held at Middleton Hall on 9th September to review position of house properties etc.
When I was a Seafield we stayed in miners cottages. We had a room and a kitchen. We had running water and an inside toilet. The wash-house was around the corner and four of them used it. There were eight houses in a block, so four of them used one and the other four used the other one. There was nine of us in the family. We just had two beds in the kitchen and one bed in the room. We just all slept together.
R.B, born 1906, recorded in 1983