Nethergate

Photographs depicting the Nethergate

City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1798

The first church of St Mary's was built on the site in the 12th century, the tower dates from the 15th century. After a turbulent history, the most recent catastrophe being the devastating fire of 1841, the City Churches were rebuilt as they appear today.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1799

There has been at least one church on this site in Dundee since the 13th century. The tower of St Mary's, popularly known as the Old Steeple, was completed in the 1480s. It is the oldest building in Dundee, having survived the devastating fire of 1841 which destroyed the churches.

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Harris Academy, Old, Dundee

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Harris Academy, Old, Dundee - Ref: WC1811

This photograph shows the old Harris Academy which was situated in Park Place. It was opened on the 31st August,1885. On the opening day 1,035 pupils enrolled. The accommodation soon proved insufficient.

The situation eased slightly once Morgan Academy was taken over by the School Board in 1889. However, the decision was made to build a new school and the current Harris Academy was built on the Perth Road in 1931.

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Decorations at Nethergate, Dundee

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Decorations on Royal Hotel, Nethergate, Dundee - Ref: WC1782

The Royal Hotel stands on the corner of the Nethergate and Union Street. In this photograph it has been decorated. Unfortunately, as the photograph is undated the reason for this is unknown.

The horse and cab seen in the photograph were probably waiting for a fare at the cab rank in front of the City Churches. Note the interesting early car behind them. The Royal Hotel has recently been converted into housing. Jeweller, Walker's, is situated in the ground corner shop.

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Decorations in Nethergate, Dundee

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Decorations in Nethergate, Opposite Tally Street, Dundee - Ref: WC1783

It is possible these decorations were put up to celebrate the coronation of Edward VII which took place on 9th August, 1902. Dundee, as elsewhere, celebrated any royal event with great enthusiasm, holding parades and banquets as well as decorating buildings.

Tally Street, the street sign can be seen on the left above the premises of Reis, sellers of fancy goods, is no longer there. The recently modernised Overgate Shopping Centre now stands on the site.

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Decorations in Nethergate, Dundee

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Decorations in Nethergate, Dundee - Ref: WC1785

The buidings in this photoraph may have been decorated in celebration of the coronation of Edward VII, in August 1902. Dundee, as elsewhere, celebrated any royal event with great enthusiasm.

The shop advertising Milners safes and Waterman's ideal fountain pens is Burns and Harris, stationers. This firm is still in business in Dundee today, though no longer at this site. Note the tramlines and overhead cables clearly visible in this photograph.

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Decorations in Nethergate, Dundee

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Decorations on Albion House, Nethergate, Dundee - Ref: WC1786

Albion House, on the corner of Union Street and the Nethergate, was started by William Moon and John Langlands, drapers. There followed many changes of ownership and control.

Thomas Blakeney bought the premises but then moved to a larger site in Whitehall Street. The shop then became, William Menzies, drapers. More recently it has been a bank.

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Decorations in Nethergate, Dundee

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Decorations in Nethergate, Dundee - Ref: WC1787

In this photograph of the Nethergate the City Churches can just be seen through the trees on the left. The small drinking fountain on the corner is no longer there.

The shops on the other side of the street include Arthur A. Miller's, furriers. Animal pelts have been used to decorate his premises. On the right is A.Soutar, jewellers. The gable end of the Royal Hotel is also visible.

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Miller's shop, Nethergate, Dundee

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Decoration with animal furs on Miller's shop, Nethergate, Dundee - Ref: WC1788

Furrier, Arthur A. Miller has used animal pelts to decorate his premises. This was possibly in celebration of a royal event, as there are also decorations on the lamp standard on the right of the photograph.

That it was not his usual practise would appear to be confirmed by the small crowd of spectators in front of the shop. The Remington school of Typewriting has also attracted interest with their window display.

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Decorations in Nethergate, Dundee

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Decorations in Nethergate, Dundee - Ref: WC1789

The Nethergate is possibly decorated in this photograph to celebrate the coronation of Edward VII, in August 1902. Royal events were celebrated with great enthusiasm in Dundee, with decorations, parades and banquets.

The premises on the corner of the Nethergate and Union Street belong to William Menzies, drapers. The building, known as Albion House, later became a bank and is now a public house.(2001)

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