Once a decade, the population of Scotland is counted, collecting information about every single person who lives here. It provides a snapshot of the nation, and has done since the first modern census in 1801. So with the help of The Smith’s amazing photography collection, we’re taking a look back at Stirling through the decades to celebrate census day 2022.
c.1890s: Barnton Street looking north from the bottom of Friar Street, and Maxwell Place going off downhill to the right. The new buildings forming the East side of Barnton Street are complete suggesting this photo is after 1875. Murray Place is still cobbled. Viewfield Church is visible in the background. Princes Street can be seen rising from Barton Street on the left in middle distance. A small dog in the foreground. R&J Smiths Tobacconist is visible in the centre. Photo by Sargeant McKenzie.
c.1903: View of Upper Craigs and Port Street, showing the Custom House bar, with men standing outside it, and on a pavement opposite. Motor cars and horse drawn carts on the road.
c.1910: Postcard showing the junction of King Street and Port Street, c.1900 with a shepherd and his sheep on the way to the market at Wallace Street. Valentines & Sons, Ltd.
c.1920s: Front view of Castle Garage, one of the first garages to service cars in Stirling.
c.1930s: Cullens butchers standing at doorway of the shop in Port Street during Charity week for Stirling Royal Infirmary. This image is part of our traditional shop front series, you can explore more of this collection here.
1940s: Postcard of Port Street from the south with a number of buses on the left, a 1930’s style car and a horse and cart. Valentines & Sons, Ltd
c.1953: Photographs of junction of Cowane Street and Wallace Street, with Rob Roy Bar and Traffic Lights.
c.1960s: View over Stirling from The Gowan Hill with the Two cannons in the foreground with Wallace Street in front, Sillars Ford Garage, Polmaise Bing in distance, and Stirling Town centre. Photo by Arthur MacPherson.