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


Having fish & chips from the Vesta Cafe on the New Road, they were the best. Playing the puggy at Favali's in the New Road. Playing down at the Newton Shore.  Skating at Ayr Ice Rink. Climbing the fence and getting into the dog track from Elmbank Street on Sunday morning to pick up anything of value the drunks had dropped the (...Read full memory)

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 remember in the 1950s a 'rag store' in Wallace Street. It was on the opposite side from the rent office of that time. I don't remember the name of the owner though. There was also a pet shop near the corner with River Street. We called it the 'big' pet shop. That was the one with the black monkey called 'Snowy'. They had a (...Read full memory)

Can anyone help? I am looking for a photo of the above place where my Granny and the family lived in 1911, their address was 13 Craigmiller Building, Lymonds Wynd Ayr. I always thought this address was King Street, Ayr could be that King Street is where Spion Kop was?

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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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