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The old Customs & Excise Building
The Invergordon Archive
The old Customs & Excise Building

This is the old Customs & Excise building in the High Street. It has been the home of the Torrance Partnership for some years now. On the front of the building and the adjacent gable end is the mural depicting "Saltburn's Past". (Full details of the mural can be found on the Invergordon Off The Wall web site)
Picture added on 29 July 2009 at 09:35
Trying to figure out where exactly on the High St. this is. Would the building on the left be the old Wrennery? or is this the south end of High St.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 29 July 2009
Harry, this is at the eastern end of the High Street, opposite the petrol station. Just a bit further on, if you continue walking eastwards on the right hand side of the road, in the direction of the war memorial, you soon come to the Royal British Legion.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 29 July 2009
Hello Harry, the white building on the left is the wrennary.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 29 July 2009
Thanks Malcolm, thought it was up that way. Is the 2 storey building the old Wrennery?
I need to make a trip over and have a refresher course.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 29 July 2009
Thanks Eddie, good to hear from you.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 30 July 2009
My puzzle is how such an ugly building came to be built. I guess it was commissioned by Customs & Excise - with little planning and no taste. Does anyone know when this was built?
Added by Malcolm McKean on 30 July 2009
The original labour exchange was on Saltburn Road beside Mr Privett's house. It then moved up to the building we see above. Then the Job Centre was created and a new building was built at the corner of the Shore Road and High Street replacing Fowlers the cobblers shop. It then moved to its current position on the High Street near the library. I think I have it in the right order - my dad Hamish worked in both Job Centre buildings on the High Street.
Added by Liz Taylor nee Askew on 31 July 2009
Hi Liz - had forgotten completely about the old Labour Exchange on Saltburn Road next to Privett's. A wooden front with a corrugated roof as I recall - passed it so many times on my way to the pool - gone from my memory till that jolt.
Harry - re the present building in the picture, the house in the picture on the east side is Heriot Mount. I am sure you will remember Dan Shaw who used to live there. I really like the mural on the gable end of his house but not quite sure what old Dan would make of it.
Added by Graham MacKenzie on 10 August 2009
Hi Graham, I remember the old labour exchange, I received the standard letter from them when I turned 15, telling me that I should drop in and discuss becoming a member of the labour force. I never did as I already had a job. The letter was addressed to Master Harry O'Neill.
Can't seem to recall Dam Shaw.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 10 August 2009
The site of this Job Centre is 165 High Street where my Great Auntie Kate (Catherine Munro) lived in one side and Hamish Urquhart and his mother in the other half of the house owned by Mr. McHaffie, an absentee landlord.
Added by Freda Ross on 31 August 2009
I remember working in this building from 1978 to 1980 when it was the Unemployment Benefit Office. If memory serves 15 or 16 of us worked in there from all over the Highlands and everything was done by hand.
Added by Greg Blackley on 20 January 2010
The building to the left is indeed the old Wrennery, 63 a,b,c and d High Street. Does anone have any old photos? I have been looking for years as I now own one of these properties.
Anonymous comment added on 27 August 2011
I was a Customs Officer there from 1986 - 1995, happy days, I could tell you some stories...
Added by Russell Steel on 01 February 2012
Happy memories of working in that building from 1994 - 1997.
Added by Margaret Burgess on 20 January 2016
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