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Aerial shot of the School - c1950???

Aerial shot of the School - c1950???

Date Added: 01 January 2003 Contributor: Unknown Year: 1950 Picture No: 83

This pic shows a fire damaged building where the current supermarket is, and a temporary building in the field behind it. Note also the haystacks by the dairy.

What was the temporary building and can you pinpoint the year?

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The building was our gym room at school, the damaged building was the butchers with Catriona's Post Office next door - early 60's I think. Comment left on 26 March 2003 by Sue Florence
Yes Sue, I remember it quite clearly. Also fire gutted a flat above the Post office where one of the local police I knew lived with his wife.
Cromarty has had it's share of fires - my parents shop in High Street had a bad fire in the sixties - although they managed to renovate and re-open.
Comment left on 01 April 2003 by John Macdonald
The butcher's shop and the post office were in the burnt out building. Moore was the name of the butcher, and he was from Rosemarkie, and he took it over from Grant the tailor. Comment left on 28 August 2003 by John McBean
I think this photo was more recent than the 1950's 'cos I was working in the county architect's office in Dingwall, where the new house to the right of the existing school house was designed for the head-master. Architect was a Mr Murray Crighton. This would make the photo circa 1965/66. Comment left on 05 October 2003 by Clem Watson
I left Dingwall in 1963 and I can't remember working on that project so I would suspect the earlier date is correct. Comment left on 04 March 2004 by Murray Crighton
On a re-read of the above text, maybe memory does fade, but I always remember the office joke about the 'Conteen' houseen!! Comment left on 22 March 2006 at 13:21 by Clem Watson
Must be the sixties, because Mr Rae's house, next to the school, was not built while I was at Cromarty school in the fifties. Comment left on 26 August 2011 at 23:35 by Hazel Clark
Sue, you are right. I remember the fire very well, my mother and I stood on the corner of Barkly Street and watched the brigade tackle it. It was the early sixties . Comment left on 27 August 2011 at 17:41 by [email protected]
Hi Hazel. Mr Rae lived in the school house, Mr Lamond who taught English lived in the house that was built next to it. Comment left on 30 August 2011 at 13:53 by Sue Florence
The fire had yet to happen when I left Cromarty in 1960. By the time I came back in 1965 it was a "fait accompli". I remember Mr. Moore the butcher. I think he stayed at Forsyth House. By the way, and if I'm not mistaken, around the late 50s there were three butchers' shops in Cromarty. There was the Co-operative and Macdonald on High Street and the one on Bank Street that eventually got burned. Comment left on 10 September 2011 at 17:34 by Christopher Hart
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