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The Invergordon Archive

Central Invergordon looking east
The Invergordon Archive
Central Invergordon looking east

An aerial view of the central part of the town. This is one of four pictures taken in April 1978. Click on the 'larger version' to see the full details.
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Aerial Views of the Town taken in April 1978
Regarding the bridge over the railway line, the one east of the church. I often wondered about it being there as it didn't go anywhere and the deck was covered in ground and grass. After reading Ina Macleod's story on Old Invergordon, it now makes sense. It seems that Munro Street was a through street to the Inverbreakie road and would have used this bridge. Munro Street changed when the tank farm was constructed.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 03 July 2007
When I started in the Academy I used to go home to Saltburn Road every lunchtime which took a while but occasionally, if I was walking with Bel Moir and her dad Dave was working in the tanks, we would cross that little bridge, walk through the tanks and out onto Munro Street, a much shorter route.
Added by Liz Askew on 09 June 2008
Harry, Munro Street stopped at its junction with Joss Street. The street then became Tomich Road (still is) then terminated at the Admiralty fence when the tank farm was constructed. The Bridge carries (or carried) the pipelines to Inchindown across the North Rail Line. I seem to recall this info somewhere else on the site.
Added by Duncan Murray on 23 June 2008
I noted from a recent news artical in the P&J that remains of WW1 training trenches were found in Invergordon, but unfortunately they didn't say where. Does anyone know where they are? I can't for the life of me think where they might be. They were spotted in an aerial photograph.
Added by Jillian B on 17 November 2008
Hi Jillian, I remember some being up on the Newmore moor, just in off the road and just past the school.
Added by Harry O'neill on 18 November 2008
Surely the trenches found would be 2nd World War trenches as all round Inverg there were army camps and training everywhere before the troops marched down from the camps down King Street and on to the troopships moored along the middle pier. Where they were bound I don’t know but as they were fast troopers it could have been to the middle east.
Added by Doug Will on 19 November 2008
Thanks Harry, I think I know the area you are talking about. Just for interest, I've copied some text from the press release about the trenches - definitely WW1 as stated.

"Experts have found trenches dug by troops stationed in the Highlands that have survived 90 years after the First World War's end, it was revealed yesterday.
Aerial photographs revealed the network near Invergordon, prompting a closer inspection by the Royal Commission on Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland (RCAHMS).
Surveyors found two sets of trenches, from 2ft to 5ft deep – one representing British lines and the other German – with 400 yards of "no man's land" between them.
They are believed to have been built for training by Royal Marines stationed in Invergordon. Some stretches have become overgrown with bracken.
An even more spectacular set of trenches near Cromarty was ploughed over in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Allan Kilpatrick, of RCAHMS, said: "You do get a sense of what a soldier would have experienced the first time he went into the trenches."
Added by Jillian B on 28 November 2008
Interesting stuff, Jillian. I suppose they won't give out the location in order to keep the looky-looks away.
Added by Harry O'Neill on 29 November 2008
Yep - people like me Harry!! I'd be happy to see just a photo of the area. I find all this quite interesting, but I suppose there is always a danger someone will spoil the area (or build houses on it!!)?
Added by Jillian B on 02 December 2008
Trenches are behind Newmore Primary. We used to play in them when we were little.There is a zig zag formation but doubt if they are there now.
Added by Brian Finlayson on 12 September 2010
Thanks Brian. By the way, are you Patsy and Stella's 'wee' brother?
Added by Jillian B on 17 September 2010
Hi, the trenches are still there (or were a year or so back) - they are in the scrubland behind the grain dryer type affair at Newmore...
Added by Adam Gilmour on 04 October 2012
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Aerial Views of the Town taken in April 1978

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