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Christmases Past in Stirling

Stirling Chistmases Past
Image courtesy of The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum.

As we approach the Christmas holidays, we thought we’d take a festive trip back in time through The Smith Art Gallery and Museum’s amazing photography collection. So, coorie in, grab a cup of something warm, and enjoy these wintery time capsules.

 

Wallace Monument

Black and white image, snow covered ground in foreground, large stone tower on a hill in the background.
Image courtesy of The Smith Art Gallery & Museum.

A scenic view of The Wallace Monument and Lovers Lane covered in snow, photographed by Sargeant W McKenzie in 1880. The Monument, designed by J.T. Rochhead, was first opened to the public in 1869.

 

Patience

Black and white image, people wrapped in coats stand in the snow, bus passing in the background
Image courtesy of The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum.

Entitled ‘Patience’, this photograph was taken by Stirling artist Arthur DS MacPherson (1910-2009) It shows a group of well wrapped-up people waiting on the bus in a snowstorm in 1905.

 

Stirling, The old bridge, more than five hundred years old

Black and white image, snow on the ground with the medieval stone bridge in the background
Image courtesy of The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum.

A beautiful image of the iconic Stirling Old Bridge, which was built in the 15th or 16th century, covered in snow, taken by Arthur DS Macpherson in 1905. The Bridge is an outstanding example of a Scottish medieval masonry arched bridge.

 

Black Boy Fountain & Christie Clock, Melville Terrace

Black and White image, deep snow along road and footpath and covering the trees.
Image courtesy of The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum.

A wintery postcard capturing Glasgow Road and the Christie Memorial Clock Tower, gifted to Stirling by the widow of former Provost George Christie (1826 – 1903), taken by an unknown photographer in 1920. Stirling City Heritage Trust supported restoration of the clock in 2006 with grant funding.

 

Sand and Salt

Black and white image, snow covered street, men in large coats shovelling sand out of a vintage truck
Image courtesy of The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum.

Sand being shovelled on Stirling’s icy streets, it’s a hilly city, so before the likes of Sir Andy Flurry, Mary Queen of Salt and William Wall-ice took to gritting the roads of Scotland these folks were doing a vital job. Bannockburn Mills can be seen in the background. Photo taken by Thomas Mackenzie Smith in 1954.

 

A grim day in Maxwell Place

Black and white image of a busy snow covered street, snow is falling.
Image courtesy of The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum.

‘A Grim Day in Maxwell Place’, despite heavy snowfall the streets of Stirling are bustling with people and cars. Taken by Arthur DS MacPherson in 1960.

 

Christmas lights

Black and white image of a street with christmas lights
Image courtesy of The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum.

King Street all decked out in Christmas lights, The Golden Lion Hotel, which opened in 1786, can be seen on the right. This photograph was taken by John Wilson in the 1960s, we’re so glad he captured this moment in time.

 

All of the staff at Stirling City Heritage Trust wish you

a happy and safe Christmas and New Year.

With thanks to The Smith for sharing their photography collection with us.

 

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