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Abbey Buildings, by Lairds #483812
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Can you help Pauline a friend of mine.
She once lived there as a little girl and has fond memories of watching the dockers going to work building the ships.
Does anyone have pictures or the History of this building?

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i think abbey buildings was next to priory buildings

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Abbey Buildings was one of three blocks of flats built in the early 1930s following the demolition of a number of old insanitary properties in St Mary's Avenue, Howard Street and Knox Street, between Chester Street and Priory Street. Photos of the flats seem hard to come by; the best I can manage is grainy sections of three aerial views of the area, plus one decent shot from the mid-1940s.

The first pic shows the three blocks in 1934 shortly after they were built; St Mary's Avenue Flats at left, Howard Street Flats in the centre, and Abbey Buildings at right, with the County Arms Pub sandwiched in between the last two. The other two aerial shots show the same area in early 1962, with Abbey Buildings now overlooking the end of Laird's new Princess Dry Dock.The fourth picture is looking down St Mary's Gate from Chester Street, with Abbey Buildings just right of centre.

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Thank you, this will make her day.

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great pictures I've always wondered what it was like around there

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I love the picture with the three blokes waiting for the boozer to open!

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Originally Posted by Sedate
Can you help Pauline a friend of mine.
She once lived there as a little girl and has fond memories of watching the dockers going to work building the ships.
Does anyone have pictures or the history of this building?


Dockers didn't build ships, they loaded and unloaded cargo etc, and had a uncanny knack of finding things that fell off the backs of lorry's wink


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Sorry Bert, the lady in question is 80 and i was using her words bowdown

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Brilliant pictures. From what I can remember of the area, the Pub on the corner was called The Letters and the building directly across the road from it was the Co-op.

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My friends' dad was manager of the Letters about 1958-1961.
Often used to go there to do my homework (often with my French)


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Just come across another photo - The County Arms with Abbey Buildings in the background.

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Hey marty99fred, that you doing the graffiti with jeff and jimmy?

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I lived in the Priory, and used to go here when very young and they would fill a pop bottle with beer for me to take home for my dad after sunday dinner,. from the tiny outdoor I could barely see over the counter,,,,

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the manager of the letters was his name, Harold Duncan.


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Originally Posted by dool4lit4tle
the manager of the letters was his name, Harold Duncan.


Yes, his son is/was Ian Duncan who I lost touch with when we left school.
A very clever lad

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