Ayr, Wallace Tower And High Street 1900

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Caption for Ayr, Wallace Tower And High Street 1900: Little survives of the old town, although parts the former Greyfriars church of St John, where Robert the Bruce held a Parliament in 1315, are thought to date back to its beginnings.The 130 ft high neo-Gothic Wallace Tower, situated in the High Street, was completed in 1832. It replaced an earlier structure in which Sir William Wallace was alleged to have been imprisoned.

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Memories of Ayr


I remember Bobby Rab and his roan & white Clydesdale horse that pulled the big cart with Bobby Rab sitting on it. They worked for Murray Forrest the coal merchant in Beresford terrace and delivered coal. They could be seen in Burns Statue Square with the horse drinking out of the fountain situated opposite the Ayrshire & (...Read full memory)

I remember when I was at Newton Academy School there was a wee tuck shop across the road called Wee Andys. It was the front room of their house and they sold sweets and Iron Bru drinks. The size of the drinks depended on how much money you had. A penny drink was served in a Shippans paste jar and you could buy up to a threepenny drink ...happy days.

In the 1960s, I remember watching Dalmilling Primary being built from my Ganny's window, my first day there when I was about eight and meeting all the new pals, school sports that I was useless at, egg and spoon was torture and getting into trouble for holding it down with my thumb, skinned knees from doing the sack (...Read full memory)

I recall my pals and I going to Ayr harbour and picking up the herring and mackerel, which dropped off the baskets when the boats were unloaded, and selling them round the nieghbours' houses. Herring were 1 old penny and mackerel 2 old pennies. Today (2008) a herring costs £1 each! 240 times dearer. We would make dens up Craigie (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Ayr, Wallace Tower And High Street 1900: Little survives of the old town, although parts the former Greyfriars church of St John, where Robert the Bruce held a Parliament in 1315, are thought to date back to its beginnings.The 130 ft high neo-Gothic Wallace Tower, situated in the High Street, was completed in 1832. It replaced an earlier structure in which Sir William Wallace was alleged to have been imprisoned.

An extract from Scotland Photographic Memories.

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