Posted by: winslie | November 15, 2012

Gallowgate Aberdeen.

Nov 2012 at around 22:30 Hrs. Picture taken with iPhone 4S

The Gallowgate, from Broadgate northwards, steeper and more winding than now, was the medieval route to the then place of execution on Gallowgate Hill, also known as Windmill Hill, later as the Port-Hill because it was near the Gallowgate Port, one of the six gates or ‘ports’ allowing entry to the medieval town. Aberdeen was built on seven hills, like Rome, and the Port-Hill was the highest of the seven…
The Gallowgate is an extraordinarily historic thoroughfare, once compared with the Royal Mile in Edinburgh; all kinds of interesting and important things happened there, but one would never know to look at it now. There seems almost to have been a systematic attempt by the authorities to obliterate all evidence of past settlement, industry, architecture, history and culture. The Gallowgate of the present-day would scarcely look out of place in a run-down steel-making town in some remote and insignificant province of the former USSR; the wrong end of Ukraine, perhaps

Credit to The Old Burghs of Aberdeen.


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