About the group Memory Slain - How Old Dundee was taken away from us.
Created 26 June 2012
Does anyone know which clubs played on the football pitch/sheep grazing plot shown in SPW060068, 069, 070, and 071? These photos are of the Mid Craigie area. My grandparents moved into the area after the war (I think)and their house is not yet built in these photos. Family lore says that my Granda was a trainer with the Maitland Thistle Football Club around this time. Could there be a connection? Would appreciate any info at all.
How right the post on June 27th is but in the fifties and sixties most of the demolition of Dundee was because of dodgy dealing in the Council. One of them owned a demolition business.
From "Old Dundee Streets and Wynds," Shore terrace, now the site of the about to be demolished Tayside House. There were concrete shelters for the passengers, and all the bus routes left from here. On the right is the Empress Ballroom and the Royal Arch.
From "Old Dundee Streets and Wynds," Dock Street. At least we still have some of it. The West Station is in the far distance.
From "Old Dundee Streets and Wynds," what going into town shopping used to be - the Overgate.
From "Old Dundee from the Tram Cars," a photo of buses trying to get up Victoria Road, taken from the bottom of Hilltown. Note the cassies and tram lines.
From "Old Dundee Streets and Wynds," a humorous postcard showing Lochee Road from Dudhope Park before anyone was bothered about climate change and melting ice caps.
A photo from "Old Dundee Streets and Wynds" showing traffic waiting to board the Fifie. Taken from South Union street, now Discovery Point area.
A photo of Dock Street from "Old Dundee Streets and Wynds" showing the Customs House and in the distance, Dundee east station with the curved roof. We had 2 railway stations, east and west, on the same line and a quarter mile apart. Probably built by different railway companies.
Knock it down and replace it with something cheap and nasty- how planners thought in the 50's and 60's. Big mistake was bringing the road bridge into the heart of the city- it could have been curved to land fall at Riverside Drive (disruption to the Fifies could have been overcome). Then we could have kept and modernised the docks with a marina, shops, houses, and a safe play area. The old baths would have made a fine maritime and whaling museum. It was sheer vandalism to demolish the 90 ton steam crane at Victoria dock- a steam classic (google it). It should have been preserved. The old West Station building was a fine looking building, also demolished. Now they plan a bland looking station hotel on the same site. I could go on.
We had it all Royal Arch, The Pillars and dodgy council dealings