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Aerial view of Invergordon
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Aerial view of Invergordon

A view of the central part of Invergordon looking north-west. The wealth of detail is extraordinary with the Academy looking very new, the old target sheds.... the old YMCA.... and much more.
This is one of four aerial views taken on the same day. Click on the 'larger version' to see the full details.
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Picture added on 07 April 2005
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Aerial Views of the Town taken in April 1978
The view of the old boat repair shed brings back some happy memories. I found an old airborne eighteen foot sailing boat lying in one corner of the shed. It had a bit of a hole in one side, and no deck, but after a bit of judicious carpentery, we eventually managed to make it watertight. Dougal and the guys off the pilot boat helped with the ceremonial launch. The boat was painted blue, and I managed to scrounge a set of sails from Hugh Ross.
Ron Stewart and Murdo Mclennan should remember this boat as we spent a lot of time out on the firth in it.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 03 February 2006
When was the so-called tank farm constructed - i.e the tanks on the lower side of the railway line? As I can vaguely remember, that area was the original golf course stretching as far as the Cottages. There was an entrance road by the front of the Church and just past where the scout hut is or was stood the club house.
Added by Douglas Will on 07 March 2006
Is that the old youth club you can just see on the perimeter of Park Primary School? Also I didn't realise South Lodge Primary was so big!
Added by Anon on 07 March 2006
Yes that's the old youth club of the mid 70s. We were so lucky to have had that facility in Invergordon.
Added by anon on 07 March 2006
I am sure that the old youth club building was previously part of Invergordon Primary School. I recall getting art lessons from Mrs MacKean in that building around 1967-69 (or am I imagining it?). It became the youth club some time in the 1970s, run by Fraser Faulkener assisted by Cochraine, Morag, Pete, Lannie, and several others. Discos every week playing Bay City rollers, table tennis and darts and the coffee bar run by the kids provided a great time. Shame there is nowhere similar at present for today's kids. It also became home to the painting of "The Cow Jumping Over The Moon" which hung on the wall outside the Primary 1 classroom in the building which is now known as Cromlet Court. The youth club was used briefly for kids parties etc. until it was knocked down in the early 1990s, apparently to provide parking.
Added by Kenny MacCormack on 10 March 2006
On the crossroads, just past the church, going left, first was the old Manse, next to that was the Naval Officers club, then a big private house, and then the old primary school where I had Miss Bell as my infant teacher. Going back a few years there!
Added by Doug Will on 30 May 2006
Douglas, Miss Bell was an institution. Think she was in her eighties and still teaching..she finally left around 1947...
Added by Harry O'Neill on 31 May 2006
Hello Harry, I had Miss Bell as my primary teacher so that would hve been 1947-1948. Believe she was still in the school for a few more years after that.
Douglas. The old Naval Officers Club became the Golf Social Club. Great place for billiards and badminton. The next house along eventually was owned by Rod Macgregor. The old primary I now believe has been converted into apartments.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 01 June 2006
I remember "The Cow Jumping Over The Moon" painting being done when I was in the primary by Grant Boyd, Dougie Lennox and others of their art class - that goes back many years. I had forgotten about it until I read this.
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 13 November 2008
Does anyone remember the old egg packing station which was above the academy? The eggs used to go around on a conveyor getting their little blue lion stamped on them, then into big egg sections and there were older women plucking chickens. I think Bert Maclennan worked there and old Mrs Ross, Susan Fraser’s granny too. I used to get taken up there for eggs usually around Christmas.
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 13 November 2008
Can anyone remember when they put the brick shell around the oil tanks on the Castle Road? - that is on the left side going up. I think it must have been done right at the beginning of the last war as added protection for the oil tanks.
Added by Doug Will on 13 November 2008
I remember getting chickens (always a cockerel) there for my granny - that would be in early '50s though.
Added by Harry O'neill on 13 November 2008
I am writing a book about my father. He was in the Royal Navy and was based at HMS Flora 2 and HMS Flora 3 in Invergordon during 1943.
HMS Flora 2 was based in what is now an old car park this side of the church middle left of the picture. This car park used to house the Royal Navy Fire Fighting Course offices and the mess hall. Stokers were trained here to fight fires on board ship and at oil tank farms.
The tank farm on the left of the photograph was the Cromlets field of 6 3 million gallon tanks.
The missing tank (number 13) upper right of the photograph was hit by a german bomb which did not go off but burst the tank and oil flooded the area.
The playing field across the railway from the church was where the billets for the Royal Navy team of Flora 2 were based. The next field up was their recreation field. The building at the right of this field was where the Royal Navy Canteen was located.
There was an old school near the railway line, but not in the picture, that was used as a Navy post office during the war.
Added by David Leslie Gillies on 17 February 2009
I remember the wooden hut in the car park beside the church which was used by the scouts when I was young; there might have been a couple of huts. I just remember my uncle Iain Askew and Kenny Maclean helping at a scout sale of work there.
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 18 February 2009
Liz, you are quite right about there being a scout hut there and, if my failing memory serves me right, in the same area was the very old golfclub pavilion. Also in the same area I can remember they used to have a big fair there with swings, roundabouts and roll penny stalls. Whilst plying there one evening I fell and caught my face on a large nail sticking out of one of the stalls. I have Dr Auchterlonie to thank for saving my eye that night.
Added by Doug Will on 19 February 2009
Hello Doug. From my recollections, the scout hall was down a lane to the side of the church and overlooked by the pump house. Beside the scout hall was a brick building which belonged to the dockyard. The golf club was on Cromlet Drive beside the Manse, and I rememeber the fair being just past the Manse on the Castle Road.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 20 February 2009
Hi Eddie and Doug, re the fair, you are both correct, it was held at both locations - behind the Manse wall and along-side the tanks railing fence and also in the bit of field where the scout hut was. It was Charlie Hercher's side-shows, with the swing-boats and all.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 21 February 2009
Eddie, the golf clubhouse was in the area of the scout hut and the fair was also in that area - remember I am talking about 1937-39 time. If my memory serves me right, the golf course stretched right from there to the cottages.
Added by Doug Will on 21 February 2009
In my time the oil tanks have always stretched from the pump house beside the Church of Scotland to the distillery which was formerly the old RAF camp. At the top of Seabank Road was another entrance to the tanks or to the right was an old stable and the right of way to the cottages with a field and woods which we always referred to as the "old golf course". The right of way is still there but the woods are gone and it is all houses now.
Added by Liz Adam (Askew) on 22 February 2009
Hello Doug, I wasn't thinking as far back as you. Now that you mention, I remember that area being called the Old Golf Club, often wondered why. You live and learn.
Liz, was that the stable for the horse that used to pull the old scaffie's cart?
Added by Eddie Trotter on 23 February 2009
Eddie, I think the stable Liz refers to was used by Catriona Sutherland (Sutherland the Vet's daughter) for her horse - not sure if going further back it was used for the scaffie's horse.
Catriona was in my class in school and sadly passed away a few years ago - funnily enough I seem to remember the name of her horse "Archer" - it's funny what pops up in the memory out of the blue!
Added by Graham Mackenzie on 24 February 2009
Hi Eddie and Graham. Yes, it was Catriona's stable as long as I knew it, and well remembered Graham, it was her first horse Archer. She also had Ranger the sheltie and Wendy, her last horse before college. Hard to think she is no longer with us. I also remember the store around the shore that Crossie used for his lemonade barrow and later used by Buckie for the same purpose. It was near Ness Cottage - could that have been the one for the dustman’s horse?
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 25 February 2009
The stable for the Scaffy was located between the old swimming pool and the Admiralty Pier. We used to go past it when taking the backway home from the pool.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 26 February 2009
That's right Harry, it was down behind Oak Stores. Do you remember Stevie's Bus that was parked just along a bit which would be about below the Museum Building on the new road these days?
Added by Duncan Murray on 26 February 2009
Sorry Duncan, but I don't remember, but then it has been a long time.
The above picture almost shows the scaffy stable, if only it showed more to the east of the Admiralty Pier.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 27 February 2009
picture #648 gives a good view of the Seabank area that we referred to as "the old golf course". Unfortunately it cuts off where Duncan and Harry said the horses stable was, at the back of Oakes stores. I do remember a brick building with a green door, would that have been it?
Added by Liz Adam nee Askew on 28 February 2009
My Uncle was based at HMS Flora II from December 1939 until April 1940 and whilst he was at Invergordon he was part of an exercise that was involved in removing cargo and possibly documents and the drowned from a ship that was sunk at Invergordon. I have tried to find details of this event but have so far been unsuccessful. Therefore if anyone is able to throw a light on the event or able to suggest where or to who I could approach I would be grateful.
Added by Jean Jones on 17 November 2014
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