In his day, John Stevenson [1853-1927] fixed and maintained many of Aberdeen’s clocks. He also kept ‘regular’ the clocks of Abergeldie castle and Balmoral castle:
The above photograph, taken from a plane in 1948, is of St Nicholas, Aberdeen. Just left of the church spire is No 55, St Nicholas Street. To make way for a new shopping centre it was demolished sometime after this photograph was taken. On the ‘platform’ created above the ‘new’ St Nicholas Centre, as an unhappy medical student, I used to eat my sandwiches.
Looking at this photograph, taken from above 73 years ago, I am struck by an opportunity lost for Aberdeen to create a truly historic open civic space around Provost Skene’s house.