Nethergate

Photographs depicting the Nethergate

City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1420

View of churches looking south from South Lindsay Street Dundee. Shops in the picture give a good idea of the variety of goods on sale. John Watson Tailor & Clothier: Item on sale in window from 21/6d to 22/6d. Notice on wall: 4 rooms to Let - I B Murray 42 Barrack Street.

Wm Low & Co - Window display "Lindsay & Lows (Prize Medal) Jams & Jellies: Celebrated Bread & Cakes. J B Lawson Wine Merchant Overgate/Lindsay Street Dundee. Bar on opposite side of the street from Churches. (possibly George Martin Spirit Merchant)

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1401

Earliest mention of Dundee Parish Church is in the First Charter of Lindores Abbey before 1198. The first mention of the Tower in Burgh records was in 1540.

In 1716 on 2nd October a decree announced that any member of the Town Council not attending church on the Sabbath without a relevant excuse would be find 12 shillings Scots and for being late by fifteen minutes would be fined 6 shillings Scots

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1402

This photograph shows th Old Steeple and Churches from Nethergate looking west. In the foreground of the photograph is a policeman with a group of boys and five Hansom cabs with drivers waiting to be hired.

Before the Reformation the Tower was used as a Belfry, Keep and Secret stronghold. In 1548 an English Fleet under Admiral Wyndham took possession of Dundee and fortified the Tower. Before they left, they took all the town's heavy ordnance and burnt the wooden floors in the Tower.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1403

In this winters day photograph the City Churches and Tower of St Mary's can be seen. The tower is more usually known as the Old Steeple in Dundee. It was built in the late 15th century and has served as a watch-tower, a belfry, a stronghold and a prison in its long often turbulent history.

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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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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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