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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My great great gran used to own pawn shops which my mother said was on the four corners Wallace Street, George Street, Princes Street, maybe King Street. I would love to know if anyone remembers them and what her name was. Also in the early 30's there was a young boy killed and found behind a jump at Ayr racecourse - any memories - the boy came from Lochside.

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)

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?

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)

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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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