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The Invergordon Archive

Ben Wyvis and the High Street
The Invergordon Archive
Ben Wyvis and the High Street

A postcard showing the western end of the High Street. Experts could probably identify the cars, but the style suggests that the picture dates from the late 1920s or early 1930s.
The buildings at this end of the High Street have changed very little, but there is clearly a shop occupying the premises on the other side of what is now the Library. Can anyone identify the shop?
Picture added on 18 September 2004
The house obscured by the tree and next to the Rhua Hotel was a watchmakers shop. It was demolished in the early sixties and we moved in 64-ish I think. I remember being excited at having an upstairs bedroom because previously we lived in a 'prefab' in Joss Street.
Added by Peter Ross on 21 May 2005
I cannot remember a shop being at the location next to the library. When I left Inver-g in '59 this was the location of the army recruitment office...I do remember the Rhu hotel and the lady that ran it, Mrs Tutt, who had a handicapped daughter - cant think of her name. What is the Rhu being used as now?
Added by Harry on 22 May 2005
Yes, I remember the watchmakers next to the Rhu. It was owned by a Mr Ross and he had lots of very old clocks in the shop. Was there not a lady's dress shop near the library? I think it was called Madam Anns.
The Rhu has changed hands quite a few times and also names! Is it still called the Anchor?
Added by Catherine MacKenzie(nee Clark) on 22 May 2005
My comments refer to the 1950s, and names would obviously have been different when the pic was taken.
The hotel was actually called The Rhua, as Peter says, run by Mrs Tutton and her daughter Lilian. Madam Anns was at the junction of Albany Road and High Street. Just across Albany Road from Bissets Hotel.
Re the Army office, I seem to remember the last uniformed employee there was known as Kenny Piper, or Kenny Cameron.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 19 September 2005
Could the shop next to the library be Nan Anderson, the hairdressers? I know they were somewhere about there in early sixties?
Added by anon on 20 September 2005
Yes, Nan Anderson Hairdresser was in the shop at 39 High St and her house was at 37 next to what is now the Library, but at that time, in the 50s and early 60s, was Invergordon Academy.
The Library at that time was upstairs in the Town Council Office at 56 High Street (now private flats), then moved to a converted house in Clyde Street. This house was demolished to clear the site for the building presently operated by 'Farmfoods'. The Library moved again to High Street when the Academy building became vacant with completion of the new Academy building near the Recreation Grounds.
Added by Ronald Stewart on 27 September 2005
Nan Andersons is right behind the car in the foreground - the shop with the awning. I'm not sure what was originally sold there, but it became the army recruiting office with the Drill Hall behind. I lived across the road from Madam Ann's.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 30 September 2005
Ron, just read your comments on where the library used to be located, and remember it well, up a lot of stairs, they had no regard for the elderly back then and I don't remember a lift of any sort...once at the top you could look down to the main floor and see all the bannisters winding around...
Added by anon on 01 October 2005
Eddie, would you remember the drill hall fire? It was a great loss at the time as the pipeband used to practice there and I used to sneak in the door and watch for hours...it burnt down early in the 50s I think.
Added by anon on 01 October 2005
Hello Anon whoever you are. Yes, I remember the pipe band practising in the drill hall - I used to stand at the door and watch. After the fire we used the area as a playground. The hall seemed huge at the time, but looking back it really wasn't.
Added by Eddie Trotter on 03 October 2005
Hi Billy, welcome back on site. The reference to lack of access was mine although it showed anon for some reason...Multiple sclerosis must be common to the area as my cousin Roy Daniels succumbed to it also.

(Name and e-mail address left blank Harry, so credited to anon! - Site Admin.)
Added by Harry O'Neill on 14 October 2005
With regard to the Library, it was of course located on the top floor of the Town Hall. The refernce to the lack of access for the elderly reminded me of my father's last years as a Town Councillor. Multiple Scelerosis affected him very badly but he would not give up his Council post and used to be carried up the stairs to meetings. Thankfully, these days there is more concern for those with disabilities.
Added by Billy Geddes on 14 October 2005
Hello Harry, Billy. It sure was a climb up the stairs to the library. I guess a lot of the older people (are we not getting that way ourselves?) were happy when it moved to Clyde Street behind McGregors.
Added by Eddie.trotter@shell.com on 15 October 2005
Hi Harry, I have been offline for a time due to a problem with my line. Have you seen the terrific stuff about Inchindown! I often searched for the tunnel entrances but never found them, thanks to the site I now know exactly where they are. You may be right about MS in Inverg. When we lived in Gordon Terrace I remember a woman directly across the road from us also had it. There has long been a theory that there is a connection between dairy products and MS. Thinking about this, my Dad was a grocer by trade and loved cheese and butter and due to his work he had more access than most people to these commodities - even in the rationing days I guess he could indulge.
Added by Billy Geddes on 19 October 2005
Hi Billy. I worked in the Town Council offices in Invergordon and every three months or so the Library van called there with a change of books for the Library, so I can well remember the climb to the top of the stairs as I had to humph the books with the driver up and down for a whole afternoon to the top and down again. I wish I was as fit now. That would have been in 1953 or thereabouts.
Added by Eileen MacLeod (Andrews) on 03 January 2006
I often wondered what happened to the secondary school. Why did they move the lot up to the rec area? Also, what happened to the primary school bits like the infants school building which had been taken over by the Navy during the war? I suppose the school was a bit fragmented and had to move.
Added by Doug Will on 28 May 2006
The old infants' school (Primary 1 - 4) was turned into flats and is now known as Cromlet Court.
Added by Annella Flynn (Ross) on 01 June 2006
I was brought up in Invergordon from 1944 - 1959 when I joined the army. I remember the watchmaker's shop next to the Rhu Hotel and my grandfather's brother Willie(?) Sutherland and his family moved into there when it was converted to living accommodation. I do not remember an Army recruiting Office in the town at that time. The only army presence I recall was the 4/5th Battalion Seaforth Highlanders TA Office opposite Strachans at the bottom of the High Street. I visited Invergordon in April '08 and was impressed by the murals and recognised some of the pipe band members.
Added by Joe MacDonald on 23 April 2008
I remember the shop on the right near the car and just up from Nan Andersons as being Shivas the electricians before they moved up to near Reid the painters at the top end of the street. After Shivas it was Robsons sweet shop and was busy because of the school nearby. When we were in the Academy we used Tommy Strachans and Robsons and nipped to Slaters in the break if you had enough money for a hot sausage roll.
Added by Liz Askew on 09 May 2008
Liz, I remember Robson's sweetshop; he also sold fruit and flowers. I particularly remember Mr Robson because he showed me a big hairy spider he captured that had crawled out of a box of bananas!
Added by Pete Ross on 10 May 2008
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