The Doric Columns
This is a picture of Mounthooly in 1932. On the right a wee shoppie there with proprieter called Adam & Craigmile. They were Rose growers and Florists, and they had horticultural nurseries in other parts of the city. Mitchell & Muil Bakers are also present. Bairns and grandfathers abound the streets.
Mounthooly -Looking up Mounthooly it seems where West North Street, Causewayend and the Gallowgate and Nelson Street all met. My Cousin David lived in the attics top left above the shops. A bus crushed my back bicycle wheel on yonder pavement cutting in to MountHooley. Nelson Street offpicture to the right was where the Globe Cinema used to be - formerly a church. No doubt the zebra crossing was a blessing for such a dangerous junction. Doon the West North St brae to Barry Henry & Cook's works. Left up the road to Causewayend School.
Beyond the Guest Row, the old Gallowgate (road to the gallows) led North out of the city.
This cobbled 'causey' road split half a mile further on, the main road thereafter winding West, while a North spur climbed the ridge of Mounthooly ('holy hill') where mediaeval monks had once tended the Leper Hospital) on the way to Old Aberdeen via the Spital road.
Mounthooley Small Pox Hospital
Up the brae - doon the brae. Aye its a sair trachle!
The Globe Cinema site in 67 Nelson Street
Traipsin' aboot nae wye tae ging.
Geordies merely 'gangin' alang the Scotswood Road - tae see the Bladon Races - they have a lot of words in common with Aberdeen born by the migratory paths of the Herring Fleets with the Fish Wifies following the same path on shore all the way down to Great Yarmouth. Now who hung the monkey in Hartlepool? A' freckles and red hair doon the east coast.
I went to school at St Peters in Nelson Street from the age of 5 to 15 where I left in 1956 as Dux, as did Ed Fowler from Hilton Secondary. My school lunch times were spent playing on either on the Broad Hill or on the waste ground behind St Peters which is now the First Bus Group HQ. On the few occasions a classmate had 2d or 3d to spend, and that was not often, we would all become his friend for the day and escort him to the Co-op Baker round at Mounthooly at the bottom of the Gallowgate where he was encouraged to buy a crusty loaf or a bag of 'brokeners' for us all to feast on. Just up the road was the sweetie shop run by Ronald's uncle Bertie Grieg where we often ogled at the display of boiling's but rarely entered preferring the much better value, or rather volume!, for money of the baker. Ron of course went on to learn the art and skill of making 'Soor Plooms' and 'Humbugs' etc from his uncle. For the uninitiated by the way the brokener's referred to were the many broken biscuit pieces present in the cube shaped biscuit tins of old, before biscuits were protected by corrugated paper card and wrapped in colourful plastic. A tin would probably have held the equivalent of 12 to 15 packs of today's Rich Tea or Digestives, so you will understand that with all the handling of the old days breakages were rather high. In fact that whole junction of Mounthooly, Gallowgate, West North Street and Causewayend was profligated by shops of all sorts, due of course to the extremely high population residing there at that time. Very different today, now a rather barren area with dual carriageway, huge roundabout and industrial units. The vibrant life that existed there long gone and lost forever. - Doug P.
John Knox Kirk was sited in the angle between Mounthooly and Nelson Street. It has been converted for non-ecclesiastical use within the last few years. Note the street lamp serving as a Bus Stop.
John Knox Church was built at Mounthooly, Aberdeen during the church extension movement in the early 19th century, finished in 1835. The first minister was the Reverend Alexander Philip, a native Aberdonian, as was the second minister, the Reverend John Stephen, inducted in 1838. However, he came out with most of his congregation at the Disruption in 1843, to form John Knox Free Church in nearby Gerrard Street. The parish of John Knox was disjoined from those of Greyfriars, St Nicholas and St Machar as a quoad sacra parish in 1880. The minister at the time was Herbert Bell (1842 - 1887), a popular preacher and instrumental in greatly increasing the size of the congregation. The Sunday School grew so large that a new church hall had to be built in 1885. Though Herbert Bell died young (in tragic circumstances at Kittybrewster Station in Aberdeen), his successor, Henry Ranken, was of the same energetic type and the congregation continued to grow. After a few short but successful ministries another powerful preacher, George A Johnston, was appointed in 1905, and the congregation was further augmented. A new church building in local grey granite was built in 1911. In 1987, the former John Knox (Gerrard Street) Free, United Free, Church of Scotland closed and the congregation united with John Knox, Mounthooly. The congregation united again with Greyfriars Church, Broad Street, in 1997. The 1911 building has now been converted into flats.
David Fowler was a Mounthooligan
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