Become a Dumfries Urban Detective

Friday, September 2, 2016 - 11:00 to 12:30

This free workshop will introduce you to the basics of researching Scotland's towns and cities, and show you how to add the history of Dumfries, Kirkcudbright and Castle Douglas to one of Scotland's national collections.

Inspector Clouseau or Sherlock Holmes? My first case as an Urban Detective

Submitted by CharlieFoxtrot on Wed 17 Aug 2016

Visits to libraries, thumbing through newspapers, using the internet, and walking into work with a pole - this guest blog post by Charlene Forbes covers her first adventures as an Urban Detective.

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Scotland's Community Heritage Conference in Oban

Saturday, September 17, 2016 - 10:00 to 17:00

Join Scotland's communities as they share their heritage at the second of three Community Heritage Conferences throughout Scotland in 2016.

The Story of Leith Project, Leith

Writers and playwrights sharing the story of Leith's past through performances and the creation of a soundscape.

The Impact of the Clydebank Blitz

Generations working together to record the changes to Clydebank since 1941.

Memories of the West Boat House, Glasgow

Neighbouring Amateur Rowing Clubs recording memories of their boat house and the river.

Merkinch Welfare Hall, Inverness

Documenting the restoration and transformation of Merkinch Welfare Hall in the heart of Inverness.

About Scotland's Urban Past

Town centres, historic buildings, the street you work in, your local park, the artwork around you – what is it that makes our urban environments unique and important to you?

Scotland's Urban Past is a five-year nationwide project about the history of Scotland's towns and cities, led by Historic Environment Scotland, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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Barrowland Park Police Box

One of six Glibert Mackenzie Trench mark II police boxes, designed in 1929, found in Glasgow today. The police box is made of pre-cast, reinforced concrete with a wooden door, all painted dark blue. The windows have metal frames and the glass in the central pane in the lower row is dark blue. The metal plaque attached to the south elevation of the police box reads 'POLICE TELEPHONE / ICONIC GILBERT / MACKENZIE / TRENCH / POLICE BOX / MARK II DESIGN / SUPPLIED BY CIVIL DEFENCE AND / EMERGENCY SERVICE / PRESERVATION TRUST FOR / CALTON BARRAS ACTION PLAN / IN MEMORY OF JOSEPH GERALD DUMAN - AD ADSTRA'

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Fountain to Monument, how Perth erected a memorial to Prince Albert

The statue depicts Price Albert, the beloved husband of Queen Victoria. He died on December 14th, 1861 and in February the following year, the first mention of a memorial to his memory was considered in a council meeting, reported in the Perthshire Courier on February 11th. In that meeting a proposal was put forward to replace the “ugly affair” at the top of South Street with a red granite fountain in Prince Albert’s name. A bust in the council offices was rejected because “none but the privileged few would see it”. Fundraising began then, and in a meeting in May it was recorded that the Provost asked the Guildry Incorporation to make a donation, among others, and they had proposed at their own meeting to donate no more than £20 towards the cost. Two other incorporations had been approached, but had neglected to name a sum until the Guildry and Glovers Incorporations had made their pledges. In a letter from William Brodie in February 1863, £300 was considered enough for a life-sized statue of the Prince, or an 8ft high statue excluding the pedestal. The stone could be delivered by Redhill Quarry at cost price, which was £280, so very little money was still needed to cover the cost of a larger memorial. The statue was proposed to be placed on the North Inch, where it would be more prominently displayed. A few groups wanted a reading room instead, feeling that an institution would not only commemorate the Prince, but would also add to Perth’s reputation. The cost of such a room was estimated at £2000 and there was no guarantee the building would be permanent, so the committee voted for a statue on the North Inch. Brodie was working on the statue by the time the council met in December, and the Perthshire Courier reported on the design the 22nd. He would be dressed in the robes of a Knight of the Thistle, the highest award of chivalry in Scotland, and holding the design of the Great Exhibition of 1851. Prince Alfred had already visited Brodie twice; once to comment on the design of Albert’s face and dress, and once to approve of the new design, and these visit continued throughout Brodie’s work. The story did not end there, however. In March 1864 there was a committee meeting to discuss the possibility of either moving the stone statue to the City Hall to protect it, or having it cast in bronze instead. As with the proposal for a reading room, however, it was deemed too expensive. The committee were already around £150-£200 short of the price of the existing plan, which now included a railing that is no longer in place, so could not afford a far pricier bronze version. They had pledges of another £170 and less than £300 at hand, but a bronze statue would cost another £600. By the time the memorial was complete in early August, the statue was 9ft high, and the pedestal was reported as 13ft tall. It was time to plan for the inauguration of the statue by Queen Victoria, planned for August of that year. She had seen a photograph of the statue and approved of it, and agreed to visit it on her way to Balmoral. Queen Victoria visited Perth for around an hour on 30th August 1864 to inaugurate the memorial. It had been erected in Perth on the 18th. Her royal train arrived in Perth Train Station at 8:40am, and while it was there no one was allowed access to the station. She was escorted in a procession of three carriages from the station, through Marshall Place and on to the site on North Inch, the streets lined with military. This visit made William Brodie possibly the first Scottish sculptor to have his work inaugurated by royalty and he enjoyed a meal with the members of the council who had commissioned the work. Once complete, the queen’s procession returned to the station through Athole Street and resumed her journey north, and Perth had its memorial to Prince Albert, which remains today. Sources – Perthshire Courier newspapers held by Perth and Kinross Archives, AK Bell Library, Perth

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The Kiln, 2 Buttquoy Place and Button Stable

We have lived in this house for almost 30 years. About 4 years ago we had the stable at the bottom of the garden renovated. We understand this was one of several stables in Kirkwall used in the past possibly by farmers coming into town on business and to stable horses/carts. We don't know why it is called The Button or indeed why our house is called The Kiln. We have found several pieces of carved red sandstone in our garden and stable and assume a connection in the area with the building of the cathedral. One of these carved pieces, found in the stable, has a distinctive cross carved in it - a mason's mark?

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Masonic Hall

Masonic Hall, with panel above door dated 1885.

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Site of Kirkwall Garden Dig 2016

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Frank McAuley

In August 2016, my mother Rose Hamilton and I are visiting the Theipval Memorial at the Somme where her Uncle Frank is among the 70,000 listed dead from the battle with no known grave. Private Frank McAuley of Kilsyth, Scotland, was killed on 9th September 1916 in the final stages of the Battle of the Somme. Frank (22) was with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers as they fought for the towns of Guillemont and Ginchy. His father John was a miner at the local colliery but when Frank was killed, he and his wife Bridget were quite broken and moved into Glasgow where my Gran who was working at a munitions factory took care of them. She later named one of her children, Rose's twin brother after her beloved Frank but sadly he died before his second birthday.

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Memorial to the battle of the Bell o' the Braes

Designer – Andy Hillhouse Sculptor – Roddy McDowall The monument is topped by a contemporary (1297) war helmet, with a sword design identical to the weapon displayed in the National Wallace Monument in Stirling. Located near Glasgow Cathedral, in Glasgow's necropolis, the memorial commemorates a battle with an English army, towards the end of the 13th century. Known as the battle of the Bell O' The Braes, it is believed to have taken place on a steep slope close to the memorial, near where the High Street and Rottenrow now meet. The battle was between an English force led by Earl Percy, and Wallace's troops. When Percy was killed, his English forces deserted the field (fleeing perhaps as far as Bothwell). Unveiled, 9 July 2016.

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Family Home

House built in 1905 and subdivided in 1950.

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Tenant 1930

Mrs Isabella Brennan (widowed), Coal Merchant, lived here with her family according to the 1930 Valuation Roll. Her previous address was 74 Hyndland Street. She married Charles Brennan 1887 at St Peter's Church at Hyndland Street.

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New Academy

This school is built on the site of the playing field of the old school.

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A welcome break...

I used to wonder what this small brick block was for, until one night when I was on a bus passing it.... The driver stopped and switched off the engine, saying he was going there for a pee! Now I know! There are more dotted around Edinburgh's bus routes.

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New Use of Building

The station building has been renovated over the past 5 years and is now in use as a suite of office desk spaces (with computer and phone and internet access) for occasional or regular use by the public or small businesses. The "Newhaven Station" sign has been recreated and painted in blue and cream to match the repainting of the building. There is no currently access to the station level from the former railway platform level, but this may change as the former garage building next door is being redeveloped into a supermarket at the station level, with a nursery at the station platform level - which may need access from street level. The railway path itself is a popular cycle path between Roseburn and Leith (which I use regularly!).

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James Angus 1894-1911 Margaret Modie Turnbull 1930 (tenant) Trustees of the late Alexander Turnbull 1930 (owner) Sources: Edinburgh PO Directory, 1930 Valuation Roll VR100 / 627 / 156

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Granton Community Garden

First of several corner sites adopted (with Council permission) by the local community of Granton in North Edinburgh for the benefit of local community members. As well as growing lots of great veg and fruit and trialing some newer crops (quinoa, wheat in an urban setting, various multi-cultural veg) we are holding community meals (BBQ in late summer, Burns Night etc) and working with local firms, schools, libraries and nurseries to promote an understanding of growing fruit and veg, and equally important, cooking and eating it!

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Building Title

The title used is about 19 years out of date. The building hasn't been used by the Scottish Office since the devolution of Government to Scotland in the late nineties, when the building became a main building for the Scottish Executive. That organisation changed its name to the Scottish Government following the SNP coming to power, so VQ is a Scottish Government Building, though other governmental organisations are accommodated within the building.

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My Memories of Stenhouse Mansion

I was born in Stenhouse Drive in 1933 and stayed there until 1948. At that time Stenhouse Mansion was a derelict building with a greyhound track in the grounds. As well as greyhound racing there was boxing matches and pony and trap racing held there. We used to get to watch all this free by sitting on the walls overlooking the racetrack. These races usually took part on Saturdays. The street at the times of the races were lined with taxis. We used to call those that attended the' mugs fur the dugs'. Where the filling station is now(2016) there were farm workers cottages. Stenhouse Mill Lane which at that time led to Longstone was known locally as 'The Piggy W'yse.)

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Miss V M Anderson 1894-1907 Rev Archibald Lamont BD 1908-1909 Edwin James Fyfe 1930 Sources: Edinburgh PO Directory, 1930 Valuation Roll VR100 / 627 / 156

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James Tait 1894-1900 Mrs Tait 1901-1903 Miss Tait 1904-1906 James Scott Henderson 1930 (tenant) Trustees of the late George Henderson 1930 (owner) Sources: Edinburgh PO Directory, 1930 Valuation Roll VR100 / 627 / 156

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Delme Maconochie 1893-1904 Mrs Maconochie 1905-1911 James Macdonald Walker 1930 Sources: Edinburgh PO Directory, 1930 Valuation Roll VR100 / 627 / 156

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James Philip (or Philp) SSC 1893-1908 Mrs James Philp 1908-1911 John W W Philp 1908-1911 John Galloway 1930 Sources: Edinburgh PO Directory, 1930 Valuation Roll VR100 / 627 / 156

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Angus Mcdonald 1893-1901 Captain C S Watson 1901-1905 James Lennie 1906 Stuart C Lorimer 1907-1911 Arthur Sanderson Robertson 1930 Sources: Edinburgh PO Directory, 1930 Valuation Roll VR100 / 627 / 156

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Mrs Lawrie 1893-1894 Mrs Armour 1895-1903 William Peters 1904-1911 George Somerville 1930 Sources: Edinburgh PO Directories, 1930 Valuation Roll VR100 / 627 / 156

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Changing Southside

In the late 1970's after years of planning blight due to the proposed Bridges Relief Road, most of the Southside's original buildings had been demolished. One of the last to go was at the corner of Saint Leonard's Street and Rankeillor Street where we find Interesting Cars and Kinnear's Timber Supplies.

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Tollcross Primary School

The school building is shared with Tollcross Community Centre. This is a City of Edinburgh Council facility under Community Learning and Development, where a wealth of community activities are run and many local interest groups meet, such as the DRBs Scottish Women's History Group. There is wheelchair access and creche available. Added July 2016

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James W Bowhill 1892-1900 W A Mackenzie MA, MD, MRCPE 1901-1911 James Walter Macdonald 1930 Sources: Edinburgh PO Directories, 1930 Valuation Roll VR100 / 627 / 156

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Re-purposed police call box

This police box is now a cafe.

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Inflatable tennis court

The dark turquoise domed structure in the aerial photograph is an inflatable tennis court.

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Tenement

Sandstone tenement c1890.

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Shipmaster's home

Recorded in the 1915 Aberdeen Weekly Journal as being home to Jean Rose, widow of William Erskine, shipmaster.

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The restoration

Extracts of text from 1983 souvenir brochure SSHA 394 Gallowgate On the the occasion of the visit of HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN To Calton On Friday 1st July 1983 The Scottish Special Housing Association’s interest in Calton stems from its participation in the Glasgow Eastern Area Renewal urban regeneration project. As part of its contribution the Association has built in the Calton estate, some 300 new homes and has modernised a further 400 dwellings. Sixty-one of these are especially adapted for the use of the elderly and five homes are designed for wheelchair users. … The building to be saved The Scottish Special Housing Association’s redevelopment role in Calton provided a unique opportunity to save and restore a building known as 394 Gallowgate which dates from 1771 and was recognised by the Historic Buildings Council forScotland is a fine and very rare example in Glasgow of a vernacular 18th century brick tenement building. It was oncle probably part of a courtyard complex on the main road from the City to the south. Of particular interest is its construction in brickwork, which makes it one of the earliest examples of its type in Scotland, whilst an additional feature of historic interest is the apparent originality of its turnpike stair, also of brick, a feature which is commonly believed to have been added to tenements during 19th century improvements. The building also contains several other attractive features, characteristic of its age and type, particularly the nepus gable containing two windows and supporting a chimney head, rusticated quoins and rolled skew putts. In 1980 the building was in a dilapidated condition and early proposals for the area suggested demolition. However at this time the Secretary of State fro Scotland listed the building as a Category B listed building of special architectural and historic interest. … The proposals implemented Within the external shell, 394 has been completely gutted except from some internal walls at ground level. On each of the four levels a new flat has been formed within the shell. The turnpike stair at the rear of the building provides access to the upper flats. … Architect: T.J. Reilly Engineer: R.M. Brown Quantity surveyor: A McKinnon Consultants: Thomas Laurie Associates Contractor: Unit Construction Company Limited

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family business

James B Rolinson was my grandfather. He set up the business there in 1935. My father and uncles joined the business after WW2. As a teenager I worked there on Saturdays and school holidays. I remember going up the spiral staircase at the back of what we now know was a brick built vernacular tenement which is where they kept the safe. It was very dark and spooky. I used to take the takings in a leather pouch to the British Linen Bank one block away along the road. Many customers paid in cash and it's the only time I ever saw £100 notes. After 1977 the business moved to Mount Vernon and finally closed about 1980.

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"Mysterious Affair in Edinburgh: brother makes Startling Discovery"

"MAN DEAD AND SISTER SUFFERING FROM POISONING. While a man was going to call upon his sister Margaret Fairbairn, 9 Summerhall Square, Edinburgh, he found he was unable to gain entry to the house, but he got a little boy to go in through the window and open the door. The door of the bedroom, where his sister was, was secured from the inside, but the sister's nine-year-old daughter opened it. Upon entering the room he found that his sister was lying in bed ill, and a friend named Alexander Haines, Gladstone Place, Leith, was lying on the floor close by. A broken flower pot was lying beside him, and it looked as if it had been knocked down when Haines fell. On calling in a doctor he certified that the man was dead. The woman was taking to the Infirmary suffering from poison. The child was not detained. The child, it appears, had gone home about half-past three. Her mother was unwell at the time, and Haines was sitting beside the bed speaking to her. So far no light has been thrown on the mystery." From the Evening Telegraph, Tuesday February 1st, 1921.

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Tillicoultry Allotments (original est 1933)

These allotments were established in 1933, making them on of the earliest in Clackmannanshire. They site is still maintained as allotments with just under 30 plots on site.

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Queensferry Road

Queensferry Road was the subject of St John's Primary School's SUP project in Spring 2016.

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Queensferry Road was the subject of St John's Primary School's SUP project in Spring 2016.

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Queensferry Road was the subject of St John's Primary School's SUP project in Spring 2016.

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Queensferry Road

Queensferry Road was the subject of St John's Primary School's SUP project in Spring 2016.

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Queensferry Road was the subject of St John's Primary School's SUP project in Spring 2016.

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St John's Primary School

St John's Primary School took part in an SUP project in Spring 2016. Most of their work focused on Queensferry Road, Rosyth.

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Queensferry Road

Queensferry Road was the subject of St John's Primary School's SUP project in Spring 2016.

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Queensferry Road

Queensferry Road was the subject of St John's Primary School's SUP project in Spring 2016.

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Queensferry Road

Queensferry Road was the subject of St John's Primary School's SUP project in Spring 2016.

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Queensferry Road

Queensferry Road was the subject of St John's Primary School's SUP project in Spring 2016.

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Queensferry Road

Queensferry Road was the subject of St John's Primary School's SUP project in Spring 2016.

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Backmarch Road

Queensferry Road and surrounding streets were the subject of St John's Primary School's SUP project in Spring 2016.

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Hamilton Place

Queensferry Road and surrounding streets were subject of St John's Primary School's SUP project in Spring 2016.

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Cable Duct Ventiator - Not Gas Main Ventilator

Circa 1905. Cast-iron Art Nouveau style ventilator, sited on traffic island at head of Justice Mill Lane, at junction with Holburn Street. The ventilator is not for gas but marks the end of the cable subway running from here, under Crown Street, to the former Electricity Works and Tram Car Depot in Millburn and Crown Streets, to which it provided necessary ventilation.

Posted by Florance on 26-04-2016

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Bakers

George Thomson & Co were bakers located at 45-47 St Nicholas Street. This street is now the site of the St Nicholas Shopping Centre. The main building in the picture id St Nicholas Kirk.

Posted by Florance on 24-04-2016

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"Soapy" Ogston

The soap works in the Gallowgate were owned by the Ogston family including Col James ‘Soapy’ Ogston. The Ogston family also have links to Ardoe House and Kildrummy Castle

Posted by Florance on 24-04-2016

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Rope Makers

This company of Rope makers dates back to 1780 and had a number of locations in Aberdeen an d moved to Queen Street in 1939. No current details of the company. Ref "The Doric Columns" website

Posted by Florance on 24-04-2016

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Harvesters Link

Re-opened pedestrian route under the railway between between Wester Hailes shopping centre and new Wester Hailes healthy living centre.

Posted by Eoghan Howard on 23-04-2016

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Festival of Architecture 2016

The Scottish Government designated the year 2016 as the Year of Innovation, Architecture and Design. 2016 was also the centenary year of The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). To celebrate this, the RIAS curated and coordinated the Festival of Architecture 2016, which was supported by VisitScotland and Creative Scotland. The year-long Festival encompassed over 150 partners and 400+ events throughout Scotland.

Posted by leadeye on 23-04-2016

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Building Naming

This tower block at 2 Hailesland Park was named Midcairn after extensive refurbishment in the early 1990's

Posted by Eoghan Howard on 23-04-2016

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Building Naming

This tower block at 1 Hailesland Park was named Kilncroft after extensive refurbishment in the early 1990's

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Public Launch

This is thought to be the first digital totem pole in Scotland, if not wider. It was publically "launched" by the Lord Provost of Edinburgh in December 2012. A video of this event can be accessed here WH Totem Pole Launch

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Argylle Cottage

This was the schoolmaster's house to the adjacent school.

Posted by Peigi on 23-04-2016

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Now changed use

This building has now been converted to Satrosphere Science Science (now re-named Aberdeen Science Centre). It is a family friendly science centre open to the public.

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Now demolished

Aberdeen prison has down been demolished 2015/ 2016 to make way for housing.

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Building Naming

This tower block at 3 Hailesland Park was named Drovers Bank after extensive refurbishment in the early 1990's

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Filmhouse Cinema 1

The main screen at the Filmhouse (Cinema 1) is now where the main church hall used to be. The stained glass window is still in situ.

Posted by leadeye on 23-04-2016

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Odeon Cinema

This location is now an Odeon Cinema. On top of operating under the Odeon banner, the cinema also screens films as part of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Posted by leadeye on 23-04-2016

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DUCHESS ANNE’S HOSPITAL

DUCHESS ANNE’S HOSPITAL Duchess Anne Hamilton was the 3rd Duchess of Hamilton, She lived from 6 January 1631 to 17 October 1716. and she is remembered as “Good Duchess Anne” She was a noblewoman who rebuilt Hamilton Palace and did a great deal to assist in the development of the town by building a school, almshouse, a woollen factory and a spinning school. Duchess Anne’s Hospital was an old house that stood at the corner of Castle Street and New Wynd, today the site of the Almshouse is occupied by a house across from where the entrance to the Asda car park is. The hospital or Almshouse as it was known was occupied by a number of poor families, it was built around the middle of the 17th century as a hospital and had been occupied up until the beginning of the 18th century where it became disused as a hospital and ever since it had been occupied as a dwelling house. In the year 1858 there were still 6 or 7 individuals who were receiving 8s from the house of Hamilton in view of a house rent. The slum building was later demolished.

Posted by Garry McCallum on 17-04-2016

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Rosyth Crossroads tiny building

This tiny polygonal building is currently used as an information point but has had other uses such as a veterinary practice and hairdresser. The hipped roof is slated with a terracotta ridge and painted roughcast exterior walls.

Posted by Peigi on 15-04-2016

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A. Cameron and Co.

Not to be confused with F. A. Cameron Ltd. in Church street. My mother worked in this store from 1975 to the early 1980s, having previously worked in Copland and Lye in Glasgow. I remember all cash transactions were manual with handwritten receipts and big brass vacuum tubes that took away notes and delivered change. On the rare occasion I was allowed in the staff room I wondered how people could stand it as everyone smoked like chimneys. There was a piece of local character, a tramp who I think was called Benny. Every year the Camerons staff would make him a Christmas parcel with new clothes and treats.

Posted by Peigi on 07-04-2016

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31-3 Harbour Road, Eyemouth

Contrary to outward appearances this is not the building that appears in archive photographs pre 1980. An earlier building on the site was entirely demolished and rebuilt in the early 1980s to a specification provided by local architects Bain Swan that largely mimicked the external appearances of the original building. The current building houses a cafe and a dive boat charter business Marinequest.

Posted by DannyD on 07-04-2016

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Pictures of Tayport Harbour

Pictures 34,37 and 40 taken in July 1943 seem to show the harbour with the RAF Air Sea Rescue launches that were stationed there during World War 2. My father George Herbert " Bert" Throw was stationed at Tayport with the Air Sea Rescue Service during the war. The service rescued downed pilots and seamen including enemy personnel in the Tay Estuary and North Sea as far as Norway. I visited Tayport in New Year 2016 to see where my father had been stationed and made enquiries beforehand. It seems the slipway which one of the launches is pictured by ( half way down the harbour wall) is still known as the RAF Slipway and a local councillor said that he remembered the launches still being operational in the 1950s - confirmed by RAF documentation. My mother also lived there and my parents who were married just before the outbreak of war remembered very happy times there. The pictures of 1943 show the railway now disappeared and much of the area which looked like old railway marshalling yards has now been occupied by housing.

Posted by Robert Throw on 15-03-2016

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1890s - 1900s

My Grandfather Alexander was superintendant of these baths. Apparently he was a keen swimmer himself, and one of a band who would swim between islands in the Forth of Clyde. Does anyone have any information about this activity?

Posted by stuartromsey on 05-02-2016

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The Rubber Company

My grandfather, Joseph Gorst was MD of the Rubber Company of Scotland up until his death in 1959. The company was sold soon afterwards to H K Porter.

Posted by Andy Gorst on 07-11-2015

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The Golf Tavern

The best pub in town.

Posted by live25live25 on 02-06-2015

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