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The Invergordon Archive

Invergordon High Street (West End)
The Invergordon Archive
Invergordon High Street (West End)

A delightful tinted postcard of the western end of the High Street looking east.
The date is unknown.
Picture added on 21 September 2004
Absolutely correct Bill, I remember the goats as well..and yes that is where the Catholic Chapel is at the present day. Do you also remember John Mackay the Provost?? - and his bye name..jockie goatie? Don't know if it was relevant to the field of goats or not.
Added by Duncan Murray on 03 March 2006
I thought the Catholic church was up almost next door to Taylors Garage. It was down a path with bushes either side. In the picture on the right is the police station and the beginning of Shore Road
Added by Douglas Will on 03 March 2006
I believe the open land at the extreme left of this picture is where the Roman Catholic Church was or is. When I was young there was just a field here in front of the Station building. Provost Ross used to keep goats in the field and I used to go down there to feed them on anything I could get my hands on.
There appears to be a gas lamp on the pavement. Until the recent item about the Joss Street flats I had no idea there had ever been a gas works in Invergordon. Presumably it closed before WW2 and the town must have gone over to electricity long before most towns shut down their gas works.
Added by Bill Geddes on 03 March 2006
I am going back before 1950 - from what I can remember there was a gate and a path leading up to the church and it looked like it was built using metal and wood and painted a reddish brown.
Added by Douglas Will on 04 March 2006
Douglas, are you not thinking about the path down past the old sawmill ...where the British Legion was and the museum is at present? We used that path for a shortcut to the swimming pool..down the back of the dockyard past Oaks Villa and then along the shore front to the Pool. I don't recall a chapel being around there and I served my apprenticeship in Taylors Garage.
Added by Duncan Murray on 04 March 2006
Douglas, I don't remember a Catholic Church beside Taylors but there may well have been before the present one was built as this was sometime in the 50s and presumably before then there was another Catholic place of worship in the town. Duncan, I think you are right, the goats belonged to Provost Mackay and not Ross. I was constantly intrigued by the goats being willing to eat paper; my mother tried to discourage me but she could not watch me all the time......
Added by Bill Geddes on 04 March 2006
Duncan, you are on the wrong side of the road - it was on the north side of the High Street!
Added by Douglas Will on 05 March 2006
Douglas is correct regarding previous location of the Catholic church, although Taylors Garage is no longer at the top of the High Street.
Taylors Garage was taken over by Frew of Perth, but they moved out a few years ago, and the buildings were demolished and the site cleared for development.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 05 March 2006
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