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The Invergordon Archive

An Aerial view of the Town
The Invergordon Archive
An Aerial view of the Town

There are some interesting details but it will be noticed that there is no sign of the fencing highlighted in picture #328. Perhaps this will help to date this picture.
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Picture added on 13 May 2004
There was a YMCA at the top of Outram Street on the left. I think I'm right in saying it was burned down in c1978 although I think it was called the Grange then and was used by different groups in the town.
Donald Clark who helps out at the museum told me that there was a fire station (not pictured) behind the old locality office (now flats - the first tall building you come to going up on the right of the High Street. Also, just to the right of Outram Street near the water in the picture there was Invergordon Mart. The tall chimney at the bottom of the picture was part of a bottle factory - does anyone know the name of it? There's a choice of three - Johnston's, Mackintosh's, or the Invergordon Aerated Water Works - the three lemonade factories that existed in Invergordon in the early 1900s.
Added by Robert from the museum on 15 September 2004
You will also see that there is no evidence of the tank farm in the top left corner at Tomich Road which means that it is before 1913.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 15 September 2004
You're right to say that there are interesting details to be seen in this picture. It is almost certain that the Admiralty Pier was constucted to deliver the fuel in the tank farms to the large warships which, when berthed at the end of the pier, would be in the deep channel that is a feature of the Firth. Since the pier is very much in evidence and the tank farm is not, it is safe to assume that this picture probably dates around 1912, just before the tank farm was constructed in 1913 - 14.
It is also interesting to note that the Ordnance Survey map of 1880 shows the shoreline from the east pier of the 'West Harbour' to the point at the top of the picture (off Oakes Cottages as they are now known) following a quite different line. It is clear that land was reclaimed from the sea, evidenced by the straightness of the present shoreline. The 1880 map shows the shoreline following the line of the railway, forming a gentle 'S' past the buildings which were once on the foreshore.
Added by Malcolm McKean on 16 September 2004
This is indeed a pre 1st world war picture....before the houses that were on the south west end of Outram St. there was stockyards which can be seen in this picture....the YMCA building was east of King St and took up the whole block between Outram and Clyde St. and yes there was a firehall on Clyde St just west of Bank St, when I was there David Boddell was the fire chief...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 02 October 2004
Harry, the David Boddell you mentioned - in which year, roughly, was this? And was it this Boddell that had a grocery van?
Added by Robert Goodwin on 03 October 2004
Anyone out there remember pluckin chickens for old Ben Dalgarno, we didn't get paid much....just got covered in feathers, and scolded if we tore the skin....suffered a deduction there...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 October 2004
Robert, David or Davey Boddell would have been chief around 1956-ish..He was son of Boddell who had the grocery store on King Street that was next to Ben Dalgarno and Sons butcher shop...grocery van I don't recollect, only van that I remember was one that Jackie Rhynd had and Naxie Mckenzie had the other...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 October 2004
Robert, Yes memory coming back now, yes Bodells had a van, a small one, David may have driven it too...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 October 2004
I think Dalgarno's had a van too. Our dog came to recognise it 'cos he always got a bone.
Added by Brian Mckenzie on 04 October 2004
The long black object in the bottom right hand corner - would that be one of the naval target hulks minus the wooden net? If so it broke up into four pieces, two of which ended up below the old cement shed where my Father and Sandy Russell senior broke it up for firewood. Another section was the bit down from our house on Shore Road which had the long pole standing upon it. The other section ended up about 200 yards below the old coal yard.
Added by Doug Will on 30 November 2007
I believe Johnstone's lemonade factory was behind the house I lived in, No. 32 High Street. There was a stone building attached to No. 32 and No. 30 which I think was where the lemonade was made. Also there were wooden storage sheds and a wooden built stables. The old factory was made into garages for a while, maybe they still are.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 23 July 2010
Upon viewing this picture again, the date would have to be later than 1900 as the large version shows the fountain on the High Street.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 01 September 2010
The triangular area between the middle pier and the dockyard pier, I can remember that the whole of that area was covered with stacks of wood most probably for the tunnelling at Inchdown. Can’t remember Bodells having a van - at least not until after 1950. Next door to the above mentioned fire station was a small white building which was used as a vegetable - store can’t remember who owned it though.
Added by Doug Will on 01 September 2010
Davey Bodell definitely ran a small grocery van round in the early fifties; he went round all the farm houses. I remember him at my Granny's at Newmore accepting payment for groceries in fresh eggs.
Added by Rod Bell on 01 September 2010
In the area below Slater’s bakery building - that didn’t appear to have any building on it, so where did the pile of stones come from? Were they dumped there from another site or what? I know that these stones were there before the war, maybe some of the real oldies know where they came from....
Added by Doug Will on 02 September 2010
Yes and you can see it in picture #890.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 02 September 2010
I was digging garden this week and found bottle top, Invergordon Aerated Water Works is the name on it. It is in good condition apart from wire rusty. Does anyone know when it closed?
Added by John Morrison on 20 February 2013
The date of this picture is August 1930 taken by Aerofilms.
Added by Allan Kilpatrick on 01 August 2013
Well done Allan, I went onto their site under Aerofilms Invergordon and the pic shows up at a better angle and the tank farm can be seen in it.

Added by Harry O'Neill on 04 August 2013
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