Abandoned estate is eerie ghost village of smashed windows and deserted streets

Former World War 2 and Cold War army base Craigiehall holds a housing estate once home to military families.

The site now looks like a moment paused in time, with every house empty, the playpark childless and streets deserted.

In 2015 the base near Cramond stopped serving as a Headquarters for the British Army in Scotland.

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In 2019, the base was closed for good, putting an end to residence on the estate and sending the houses into a derelict state.

White paintwork on the properties are becoming increasingly dirty and damaged and the general atmosphere around the estate is very eerie.

Craigiehall was initially requisitioned by the British military in 1939. In 1951, it began serving as the Headquarters for the Army in Scotland, reports EdinburghLive.

The site has played some notable roles in British military history, including serving as the HQ for the Black Watch as well as providing the Cold War Royal Artillery Anti-Aircraft Operations Room.

The military housing estate stands against a woodland backdrop and has security measures in place, despite having no occupants.

However, there have been a string of vandals in the area who have taken the military's abandonment as an opportunity to smash windows, and cause damage to houses and the children’s play park.

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In response, the Ministry of Defence said it planned to put 24/7 guarding on site.

The abandonment of so many houses has been a point of contention for Edinburgh with the current housing crisis.

In 2019, plans were proposed for the ghost town to become repopulated for 1,200 houses and a hotel.

However, these ideas were eventually dropped and the houses continue to fall into a rotting state.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Defence said: “These properties are no longer in use by the MOD and we are in discussions with planning authorities about potential future development.”

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