The Way of the Ash Tree: Aberdeen's Oldest Street @ Prince Of Wales, Aberdeen [20 June]

The Way of the Ash Tree: Aberdeen's Oldest Street

19:30 - 21:30

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Prince Of Wales
7 St Nicholas Lane, AB10 1HF Aberdeen

Beginning at one of Aberdeen's historic public houses, we follow the story of Aberdeen's oldest street, Netherkirkgate, aka "The Way of the Ash Tree". St Nicholas Lane didn't exist until the development of Union Street in 1801, the site was occupied by the medieval almshouse of St Thomas. The latter was taken over by the Burgesses & Trade guilds after the Reformation in 1560, eventually closing in 1771. St Nicholas Kirk itself has proved to be of ancient origin, with recent archaeology taking it back to the mid-11th century when Malcolm Canmore, Macbeth's rival, was King of Scots.

Included in this tour:

The Wallace Tower and its association with John "Spanish" Phillip, Aberdonian artist a...nd member of the Royal Academy

Guestrow's many inhabitants — Provost George Skene of Rubislaw, Matthew Lumsden, Covenanter, Archie Simpson, architect

The comical tale of the Russel Head, the intriguing gargoyle on the corner of Provost Skene's today

The mystery of the forgotten sepulchre in Quakers' Court

The lost courts & wynds of Broadgate

The Cathedral that Never Was — Seabury Memorial Church

Marischal College and its development from Franciscan monastery to university

Marischal Square might not be everybody's cup of tea, but this tour illustrates the history and culture of the Guestrow, once an illustrious residential and commercial centre, but latterly the slum known as The Gush. Bringing the ghosts of the Ghaistraw alive!

Start time: 7.30pm
Begins: outside Prince of Wales pub, St Nicholas Lane
Ends: Marischal College, Broad Street
Duration: approx 2 hrs

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