Nethergate

Photographs depicting the Nethergate

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: WC1371

This photograph by Alexander Wilson shows the north side of the City Churches in Dundee. The complex consists of four churches on the city's Nethergate, and was dominated by the Old Steeple, which dates from the 15th century.

There were four churches in the original complex, which was surrounded by a wall. After a fire in 1841, the buildings were restored, but with only two functioning churches.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1388

Dundee has had a church on this site since the 12th century. The original one was destroyed by Edward Ist. Eventually rebuilt in the 15th century additional churches were added until by 1841 there were four separate churches under one roof.

This attracted the attention of satirist, Thomas Hood, who wrote, "And four churches together with only one steeple, Is an emblem quite apt for the thrift of the people." The churches were destroyed by fire in 1841 but were later rebuilt.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1372

This Alexander Wilson photograph shows the City Churches in Dundee, looking south west from Church Wynd, or from what is now the Overgate Shopping Centre.The small building to the righthand side of the church (to the north) is no longer extant.

By the time the picture was taken, there were three churches: the Steeple Church (with St Mary's Tower, or The Old Steeple) attached, the South Church and the East Church.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1389

One of Dundee's best known landmarks, the Old Steeple dates back to the late 15th century. Its proper name is actually St Mary's Tower, however, very few Dundonians would recognise this name.

The steeple survived the catastrophic fire of January, 1841, which destroyed the adjacent City Churches. Today it is one of the highest surviving medieval church towers in Scotland.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1373

This view of the City Churches in Dundee is taken from the north east, from a location which nowadays is the Overgate Shopping Centre. The small building to the north side (a vestry, added some time after 1890) is no longer extant.

The Steeple Church, the South Church and the East Church made up the complex, which was broadly rebuilt after the fire of 1841. The East Church, is now (2001) known as Dundee Parish Church (St Mary's).

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1392

Dundee's Old Steeple and City Churches can be seen in this photograph. There has been a church on this site since the 12th century. The first church, dedicated to St Mary, was destroyed in 1303 by Edward Ist. It was eventually rebuilt in the 15th century, at this time the Old Steeple was built.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1374

From the apparently rural aspect of this photograph it is almost hard to believe the City Churches are in the centre of Dundee. The origins of a church on this site in the city date back to the 12th century. The present churches, however, are of more recent construction.

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City Churches, Dundee

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City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1393

In this photograph of Dundee's City Churches the group of children appear to be appropriately dressed in their Sunday best. The City Churches were destroyed, in January,1841, by a catastrophic fire. The library within the church complex, containing over 1800 volumes, was also tragically lost.

Fortunately St Mary's Tower, more popularly known in Dundee as the Old Steeple, survived. The bricks of the steeple can be seen on the left in the photograph. The churches were rebuilt in the 1840s.

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