Aberdeen, Union Street And The Market Cross c.1885

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Caption for Aberdeen, Union Street and the Market Cross c1885: These days, Aberdeen is famous for its association with North Sea oil, but shipbuilding, fishing, papermaking and the quarrying of granite have all played their part in the city's development. On the right of this view is the Mercat Cross, which dates from 1686. It was built at a cost of £100, paid for out of guild wine funds. Beyond the cross are the municipal buildings complete with their 210 ft tower.

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Memories of Aberdeen


July early 60's you could not move on the beach for holidaymakers, all the deck chairs would be sold out and Bill & Pat Ramsay would be playing music over the speakers. The Spartan club - weight lifters would be there - Dave Webster rings a bell, Nurse Johnston would be in the first aid/ lost childrens shelter. The (...Read full memory)

In 1997 I decided to trace my maternal family history through following the name of Jaffray, a name that had been carried down the family through the centuries, finally as a middle name. To my astonishment I discovered a family history that led me to the Jaffrays of Kingwells, and onto a great deal of fascinating (...Read full memory)

My father-in-law was living with his aunt Elsie Jenkins at 17 North Square during the Second World War years. He was in the Navy at the time so he was not a permanent resident for that period. But as a boy he and his brothers spent a lot of time with his mother's sister (Elsie), playing and going to the Mission in the (...Read full memory)

There was a large main house surrounded by four smaller houses - two on each side of the large house. My grandfather's father lived in one of the smaller houses and worked as a groundskeeper. He had a family of 3 children.

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Caption for Aberdeen, Union Street and the Market Cross c1885: These days, Aberdeen is famous for its association with North Sea oil, but shipbuilding, fishing, papermaking and the quarrying of granite have all played their part in the city's development. On the right of this view is the Mercat Cross, which dates from 1686. It was built at a cost of £100, paid for out of guild wine funds. Beyond the cross are the municipal buildings complete with their 210 ft tower.

An extract from Scotland Photographic Memories.

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