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Free Churches and Denburn

Historic Photographs
David Oswald
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Free Churches and Denburn
Historic Photographs
Free Churches and Denburn
This photo, taken from Union Bridge, shows the Denburn Valley being used as a bleaching green, prior to the creation of Union Terrace Gardens. The photo also predates the Denburn railway constructed in 1865 and the Belmont Street Congregational Church. The absence of Rosemount Viaduct means that Woolmanhill Hospital is visible in the distance.

The photo was probably taken in the early 1860s. It is almost certainly the work of noted Aberdeen photographer George Washington Wilson. The image is one of two that made up a stereo picture when viewed using a special device. This type of stereoscopy was an early method of creating the illusion of depth in an image by presenting each eye with a slightly different image. Wilson created a series of such views and they were sold by "A. Brown & Co., 77 Union Street".

This image was very kindly shared with Aberdeen Local Studies by Michael Eriksson from Södertälje, Sweden. We are always pleased to receive new images of Aberdeen and hear from our users. If you would like to share images with the general public or just get in touch, we can be reached at localstudies@aberdeencity.gov.uk.
George Washington Wilson
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