Kings Park

Constructed on part of the King’s Royal Park below Stirling Castle, Kings Park is one of Scotland’s most important Victorian suburbs, and was Stirling’s first significant expansion beyond the Royal Burgh’s walls.

Today Kings Park has protected status as a Conservation Area. The development of the area started in the 1770s, with houses in Allan Park and Pitt and Melville Terrace being built from 1812 onwards.

Architect Alexander Bowie erected 14 of Allan Park’s 22 houses on land owned by the Spittal’s Hospital Trust. The suburb continued to slowly develop throughout the early 19th century, but the pace picked-up after 1848 when the Railway arrived in Stirling and the town began to rapidly expand. Advertised as a green and peaceful haven for commuters and their families to escape the smog of the city, suitable homes for these new middle-class residents had to be built.

All this construction work presented opportunities for local architects, builders, and property developers. In 1877 John Wood Blakey, a local solicitor and property developer, appointed Stirling architect John Allan to design Royal Gardens. Nestled beneath the Castle Rock and looking out over the Kings Knot, Allan designed a series of villas in the Italianate style. The same year, Allan also secured the feus for Lots 9 and 11 in Spittal’s Park, located on Dumbarton Road. On plot 9 he designed 32 and 34 Albert Place, with 32 becoming ‘Cliffbank’ and his own home. He never married and lived there with his sister Margaret until he died at home on 21st February 1922.

You can find out more about John Allan by visiting our online exhibition which celebrates his life and work: John Allan: A Man of Original Ideas. You can also download a digital copy of a publication on Allan produced with the support of Stirling Local History Society here: Publications. Physical copies are available for purchase from The Stirling Smith’s shop.


King's Park  villas under construction circa 1900. Image taken by Sargeant W McKenzie, c.1900. Courtesy of The Stirling Smith Art Gallery & Museum.

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