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The Invergordon Archive

Church and Fountain, Invergordon
The Invergordon Archive
Church and Fountain, Invergordon

The view looking north at the cross-roads. One of the billboards ar MacPhersons says 'ILKLEY MURDER' which may help to date this tinted postcard.
Picture added on 19 September 2004
Researched Ilkley Murder but found nothing. My guess is that this is a pre-war photo 1920s or '30s?
In the '50s the shop on the left was the Co-op Grocers. H. George was unchanged in the '50s. To the rear of the premises was the Ladies hairdressing salon and the front shop was the men's barbers. Mr H. George was still running the business; he had a small goatee beard and looked quite distinguished. I was afraid of him because my mother told me that the leather strops hanging in the shop (for sharpening razors) were for hitting boys who didn't sit still in the barber's chair. This was not easy as they used hand clippers (no electric ones!) which seemed to pull out as much hair as it cut - a painful experience which I hated.
Added by Bill Geddes on 27 December 2005
I remember the fancy goods being to the left of the main door and you went from there through to the gents barber's at the back. Bill Leslie was always on that side in the fancy goods and on the right of the entrance was the newsagent's part of the shop. The shop next door, to the right - currently a newsagents now, was Elma Leslie's (George) domain and always felt like a real ladies' hairdressers, nice perfume and a sense of luxury. If you saved up and bought a present for your mum like talc or perfume sets, it was always wrapped in pink and white striped paper!
Added by Liz Adam (Askew) on 04 February 2006
Bill, Mr. Macpherson's son, whose name I can't remember, was at school with me, I think. I was born December 1939. A little later this shop became the Co-op.
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 27 March 2006
Sorry! I got it wrong. It was Alistair Stewart's Dad who was in school with me and it was his Dad who ran this newsagents and book shop while it still went under the name of "Macpherson's".
Added by Rosalie Samaroo (Graham) on 30 March 2006
It seems that the Ilkley area had several murders, one of which was known as The Ilkley Murder. A woman called Mary Learoyd was murdered there in 1929. So think Bill is correct with his dates....
Added by Harry O'Neill on 05 October 2007
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