Dunoon, The Pier 1904
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Until the early 19th century, Dunoon was little more than a modest village clustered around its castle. The popularity of the Clyde excursion steamers changed all that: Dunoon developed into a holiday resort, the largest and best known on the Cowal. Here, one steamer has just departed and two others are alongside. The one on the right appears to belong to the North British Railway. Dunoon handled 10,000 visits by steamers every year.

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This selection of vintage photographs shows some of our finest piers in their heyday, recalling their glory days when seaside piers were at the heart of the traditional British family holiday.

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A Selection of Memories from Dunoon

For many years now, we've been inviting visitors to our website to add their own memories to share their experiences of life as it was, prompted by the photographs in our archive. Here are some from Dunoon

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The forgotten town, this small township was once a buzzing area served with blackened bottle ovens. A thriving community dwelled around the dirt and grime of The Potteries. I was born in Fenton in the fifties and how well I remember walking the length and breadth, past banks, shops and even a town hall, magistrates court and police station. We had our own fire station. In those days one could travel from either ...see more
Each year, the excitement mounted as summer drew near. Dad would drag out the large wicker hamper and Mum would start to fill it with clothes, wellies and tins of food from Galbraiths or the Co-op. By school's end, the carriers would have come to cart the hamper down the tenement stairs and on to its journey. We'd be dressed in our best for travelling and then off to Central Station to catch the steam train ...see more
Lots of memories of the MacCubban Shield Competitions with the Sandbank Troup - we won it several years in a row in the early/mid 60's - also the scout camps at Rashfield and farther away at Benderloch. The tasks we undertook such as making rope bridges over the river at Rashfield etc. - kids would never be allowed to do this -- H&S would kill this sort of activity off. I remember getting dropped of at Loch ...see more