Re: [Peterhead] 1889 deaths
- The address causing problems is Almanythie Road - still there - it was
the name of the sheltered harbour first used for yoles and meant something
like old man's haven - creek or inlet.
The streets in Roanheads were built from around 1864 - the exact date is on
the gable end of the first house on the Burnie Streetie - so called because
most of the inhabitants came in from Burnhaven. The proper name is Great
The next along is Port Henry Road, then Gladstone Road, Almanythie Road and
New Street. They were built by fishermen and all on the same design
principle. Three storey - built of Peterhead granite- the ground floor was
nornally occupied by the father and family. The upstairs by the older son and
family and the third storey- the garret where the nets were mended and
stored. The upstairs was reached by an outside stair but the garret was
reached by an inner set of stairs. Even writing this I can recall the smell
of barked twine as I sat on a net in the garret listening to my grandmother
and the women mennin' the nets. I was allowed to fill the needles.
The houses were semi detached and reached through a close into a concret area
- no garden - with sheds and a washhouse on either side.
The toilet was outside until the houses were modernised.
Margie - now you now why I am "fisherquine"
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