Nethergate

Photographs depicting the Nethergate

St Enoch's Established Church, Dundee

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St Enoch's Established Church, Dundee - Ref: WC1447


Alexander Wilson who took this photograph, was a supervisor in a Dundee jute mill for over 20 years. He bequeathed much of his collection and £50, to cover the costs involved, to the Free Library Committee of Dundee in 1923

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1404

Dundee first had a church on this site in the 12th century. Founded by David, Earl of Huntingdon the church was called St Mary's. In 1303 this church was destroyed by Edward I of England. It would not be until the 15th century that the church was finally rebuilt.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1405

View of the Steeple and churches from Nethergate - angle from top of Whitehall Street.The photograph gives an idea of the size of the stained glass window in St Mary's Church. Outside the railings of the Church there are two Hansom cabs and drivers

In February 1844 after the Parish Church was rebuilt, the Council held a public roup for the seats in the Church. 312 sittings were let for one year and raised the sum of £118.14s.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1406

View of churches and steeple from Nethergate looking west.The photograph shows what would appear to be an extremely elaborate lamp standard in the middle of the road. This lamp standard is also carrying the lines for tram-cars.

A fire on Sunday 3rd January, 1841 totally destroyed the 3 churches and only the Steeple Church and Tower were saved. By February, 1844 the Parish Church had been rebuilt.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1407

This tranquil looking photograph shows the centrally located City Churches. Today the scene is far more frenetic as the churches are situated in the centre of a recently refurbished shopping complex, known as the Overgate Centre.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1408

This photograph by Alexander Wilson shows Dundee City Churches and the Old Steeple, looking west from what was Tally Street and nowadays is part of the Overgate Shopping Centre.

In 1872 the tower was restored by Sir George Gilbert Scott at a cost of £8,780. This money was met by subscriptions from Dundee inhabitants and the Common Good Fund of Dundee.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1409

View of City Churches from Nethergate looking towards South Lindsay Street Dundee. The City Churches (St Mary's, St Paul's, St Clements & The Old Steeple were originally 1 Church). Information taken from "The Parish & The Burgh Churches of Dundee" by James Rollo. Earliest mention of Dundee Parish Church is in the First Charter of Lindores Abbey before 1198.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1412

In this photograph the Tower of St Mary's, popularly known as the Old Steeple, can be seen. Dating back to the 1480s the steeple has had a long and turbulent history. It has served as a watch-tower, a stronghold, and a prison as well as being a belfry and clock tower.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1414

This photograph shows the Old Steeple viewed from Nethergate at the bottom of South Lindsay Street Dundee. The Old Steeple was restored in 1872 by Sir George Gilbert Scott at a cost of £8,780. The money being raised from subscriptions from Dundee inhabitants and the Common Good Fund of Dundee.

In South Lindsay Street are the shops of Birnies Scientific Maker (a pair of spectacles used as an advertisement over the door) and John Kirk, Boot Manufacturer and General Merchant. Tram lines are shown in the Nethergate.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1416

This is the west doorway to the Tower of St Mary Dundee (now St Clement's Church). Description of the architecture can be found in Guide Book to the Old Steeple of Dundee.

The entrance consists of two round arched doorways 8'11" high within a larger elliptical arch. The arch mouldings are foliage. The carving in the circular panel is of the Virgin and Child, below is a Shield with the Arms of the Diocese of Brechin.

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