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#96737 - 06/25/20 03:10 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are at one of the side entrances to Hazlehead Park. Let's head in...


The colours are coming out...






This is the water fountain near the cafe


With bonnie raised borders


The deserted cafe


Yet another fountain


Threatening skies made me turn for home





The old Royal Aberdeen Lunatic Asylum...
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#96741 - 06/26/20 02:17 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are passing the site of the former Aberdeen Lunatic Asylum...

A wall like this surrounds the whole site


In the days of my youth there was just a field over this wall. Now it is a palliative care centre.


On the right, behind the wall could be found some of the hospital buildings


On the left was the farmlands for the asylum. This is where some of the inmates worked. There was an underpass from the asylum to the fields. The field were used to create a housing estate in the early 1950's

There was also a farmhouse in the fields. It is still standing





This is the interior wall of the housing estate and you can see this partial road way.


At the end of the short roadway is the blocked up underpass which provided a route between the fields and the asylum under a main road


Looking over the wall and across the road we see some if the asylum buildings


Let's head there and see some of these magnificent buildings...
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#96748 - 06/27/20 01:16 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I was awake early this morning due to thunder and lightening so I just got up and had a very early morning coffee and enjoyed the spectacle. We have had a couple of really hot and humid days here in the NE corner of Scotland so hopefully the storm will clear the air.

We are at the former Royal Aberdeen Lunatic Asylum, now the Royal Cornhill Hospital...

The Aberdeen Asylum – also known as the Aberdeen Royal Lunatic Asylum and the Aberdeen Royal Mental Hospital – opened in November 1800 with just twelve cells.


By 1900 the average daily number of patients in the hospital had risen to 867


The term `lunatic’ was dropped around the beginning of the 20th century and by the 1920s ‘mental hospital’ was used in preference to asylum.


The hospital became part of the new National Health Service in 1948 and was administered by the Aberdeen Mental Hospitals Board of Management, later the Royal Cornhill and Associated Hospitals Board of Management.


A regional psychiatric outpatient centre, the Ross Clinic, opened in 1959 and in 1964 the hospital changed its name again, becoming Royal Cornhill Hospital.

The magnificent buildings have been converted to luxurious apartments and new apartments have been built


One of the old granite garden villas alongside new build housing





In the following image you can see Elmfield House - the big granite building. Behind that you can see the farmlands and the farmhouse. This is where the housing estate I mentioned in yesterday's post was built.
I grew up there!
https://images.app.goo.gl/663nv8paXNVPTsnp7


Information source https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/new...to-asylum-life/

When I was taking these photos near the area where I grew up I thought of doing a series of post called "Paths from the Past".
It would trace childhood routes and memories from this area. That's a we series I'll keep up my sleeve for a future time.

Tomorrow: houses at the side of a wood - Woodside...


Edited by robbieroy (06/27/20 01:21 AM)
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#96750 - 06/28/20 03:09 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Covid-19 seems to be taking a real hold in India, Latin America and showing a second spike in some states of the USA.

The general population should have enough knowledge of the situation to know that social distancing and face concerns reduce the risk. Yet, what do we see in the UK? - Bournmouth Beach on the south coast of England packed with people, street parties with 100s in attendance in London, overcrowding in parks in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Add to that the thousands of Liverpool supporters who converged on Anfield to celebrate their league win then we have a situation which might rear its ugly head in the near future. Let's see.

Our thoughts and prayers need to be for the general public - that they would have wisdom and common sense to listen and obey the advice given and stop putting themselves and others at risk.



We are heading back to another area I used to frequent as a child - Woodside. The original area bordered the woods by the River Don and was so named after Woodside House, the principal residence in the area.

I used to go down there shopping for my grandparents when I was a child. I was always intrigued by the pretty streets.

Let's head down to see some of them again...



This takes us down to the edge of Woidside and the railway line




The railway line ahead





Some original buildings


The woods overlooking the River Don


We've seen this before - its Jacob's Ladder. This time we are seeing this from the top rather than the bottom.


Jacob's Ladder


This week's Sunday Snaps can be found here https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-53112540


An old mill...



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#96751 - 06/29/20 03:08 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are wandering around Woodside an area I have not been to since childhood days....

Looking across the River Don to Grandholme


Evidence of one of the old mills


We had back through bonnie bungalows made of granite




The local gospel hall


The next day was warm and sunny so I headed off to an area I had never been to be before - Auchmill

We head across parkland towards Auchmill Golf Club








Perhaps parts of a former walled garden


.. with a farm house


Auchmill...
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#96754 - 06/30/20 03:14 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are are now approaching Auchmill Golf Club...



It commands fine views of the surrounding countryside


This is the clubhouse...







Let's have a walk around the course and appreciate the views it affords...







An old farm house








From tee to green - great views...


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#96755 - 07/01/20 02:03 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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Let's head to the golf course...

Its through here





The surrounding countryside is a beautiful backdrop to the course


Looking towards the town and the transmission tower at Northfield


The sea is never far away



The courses is in great condition





Iconic approach to the green


Time to make a move towards home





New sights...
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#96756 - 07/02/20 02:36 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We are heading home from Auchmill Golf Club...



We pass the football ground of Sunnybank Juniours a well know local team through the decades


I'm heading towards that tower


It's many years since I've been in this area of town - it is full of new builds


This will be worth a visit when it reopens


Great views






It's a new day and a new dawn - the weather is still good and we are heading to Bucksburn...

The bonnie blue sky


An oasis of calm


... and an obligatory painted stone


Heading down the Howes Road...
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#96757 - 07/03/20 01:47 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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I had thought I might take you down the Howes Road on the first trip to Auchmill but time and distance did now allow.

Let's head there now..

You've seen this body of water a few times - the Buck's Burn flows into it





As we head down the Howes Road we pass a ruin


It is here that the Buck's Burn passes under the road


A bit of subsidence by the burn


The Howes Road and the Buck's Burn run by Auchmill Golf Course


The Howes Road connects Aberdeen with one of its suburbs Bucksburn, named after the burn


It is a rural road


... which passes through the Bucksburn valley. Cars used to speed up and down here but now it is closed to traffic


I saw a dirt track


Let's head up there..
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#96758 - 07/04/20 02:43 AM Re: My Travels in North East Scotland [Re: robbieroy]
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We have headed up a dirt track on our way to Bucksburn...

It leads to a wood cutting business


Soon we are at the end of the Howes Road and are at Bucksburn


.. and Buck's Burn shows up after flowing under the main road.


Bucksburn is a mix of old and new residential areas as well as businesses.









A Masonic lodge










The Auchmill Nature Reserve...
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