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Abbey Place

Historic Photographs
David Oswald
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Abbey Place
Historic Photographs
1815
Abbey Place
This 1900 image shows a rundown block of flats known as Abbey Place, situated on the Shiprow just up and east from the building known today as the Maritime Museum and next door, to the west, of Provost Ross's House.

The name is a bit of a mystery since there is no evidence that there ever was an abbey on the site. In the 13th century there was a chapel on St Katherine's Hill behind this area, but it is not thought that there is a connection.

Abbey Place was strictly speaking the name of the court that was to the rear of Provost Ross's House and was accessible through the pend visible on the right of this image.

The court was demolished in the late 1930's to make way for a cinema. However, because of delays caused by the Second World War, the Regal, later the ABC Cinema, was not opened until 1954. It was subsequently demolished in 1999 for further redevelopment.

The tenement in this image was refurbished and still stands between the Maritime Museum and Provost Ross's House.

Thanks to Silver City Vault user Ed Fowler for additional information on this image.
Shiprow
Houses
B26_20
Aberdeen Local Studies
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