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Church St from Forsyth Place - c1910

Church St from Forsyth Place - c1910

Date Added: 01 January 2003 Contributor: Unknown Year: 1910 Picture No: 222

On the left of the picture stands the market cross, now situated in front of the Hugh Miller Institute. The gable of the building on the right seems to say 'Cromarty Boot & Shoe Shop'.

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Delighted to have found this picture - thank you!
We have just moved into the house that was the Cromarty Boot & Shoe Shop! - We would love to know some more about the history of the house - can anyone help?
Comment left on 02 April 2003 by Sandra & Michael
Hi Sandra & Michael
I can remember it being Jessie's newsagents back in the late 60s. (I remember buying crisps for 4d). Once Jessie moved across the road to the 2nd last shop she would still open yours at Christmas to sell toys.
Comment left on 03 April 2003 by Garve Scott-Lodge
I remember the shop as Chapmans paper shop in the 50's and early 60's before Jessie took it over. Comment left on 05 April 2003 by Sue Florence
...and of course it was Annie Ratcliffe's sweetie-and-summer-holiday-essentials shop after Jessie moved across the road, until the mid-90s. Great choice of wee things which my son took ages in choosing. Comment left on 11 July 2003 by Sheila Currie
picture #407 shows a great view of Fraser's Boot & Shoe shop. Comment left on 21 July 2003 by Garve Scott-Lodge
I hate to be pedantic (honest!), but it's not the old market cross on the left of the photo - it's the fountain erected to mark Queen Victoria's jubilee. Comment left on 10 October 2003 by Sandy Thomson
I believe the fountain had to be removed as there was a fairly regular car with an imperfect steering wheel around that time!!! Comment left on 01 December 2003 by Dennis Manson
Hi everybody! I'm a Polish translator and I'm just trying to render the Lonely Plant's travel guide "Scottland" into Polish. I've got a passage on Cromarty in front of me... Could everybody explain to me what Forsyth Place is? Comment left on 09 July 2004 at 18:31 by Piotr Fras
Hi Piotr - Forsyth Place is a streetname - in terms of Cromarty it's the end of High St where it joins onto Church St. It's named after the Forsyth family who were important in Cromarty a hundred years ago or so. Comment left on 09 July 2004 at 23:08 by Garve
Wm. Forsyth was a fairly important shipping agent running cargoes between Cromarty and the Baltic
as early as 1749. With ports such as St Petersburg, Riga, & Tallin. Closely linked to the British Linen Company(later British Linen Bank). Due to a complaint about another Cromarty agent, Mr Barkly, who also worked for BLC, Forsyth landed all Contracts after 1751. Forsyth was also involved in weaving and spinning, and offered to build a linen factory at Tarbat, on the Annexed Estates(Govt controlled lands after Culloden)plus the construction of a school for incoming Gaelic speaking workers, to teach them English, but it did not materialise. Cromarty was the place to be as far as the sea trade was concerned.
What puzzles me is where all the in-coming work force stayed in those early trading/building days?
Comment left on 10 July 2004 at 22:46 by Clem Watson
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