The Dee at Culter
A view of Culter from the South Deeside Road. Photo date about 1950.
The Dee Valley from "Parkies Brae"
Looking North towards Culter and Milltimber from Parkhead.
The Culter Co-opie
The Northern Co-operative at Culter. About 1970
Rocklands Stores at the bottom of Malcolm Road, Culter. (1970)
Rob Roy Bridge
Edwardian Culter at the Rob Roy Bridge. About 1910.
Oriel Terrace, Culter - 1920s
Rob Roy Statue, Culter
The Second statue of Rob Roy McGregor. This version stood above the Culter Burn until 1926.
The Culter Paper Mills Company
The sign from the Culter Mills Paper Company. The Mill was begun in 1751 and closed in 1981.
"Boattie Maggie" who rowed the ferry across the Dee.
Culter Home Guard
The Home Guard team who patrolled the Culter area during World War 2.
Culter Mills Share Certificate
A share certificate issued for the Culter Mills Paper Company Limited.
Linn Moor Home
Linn Moor Home for Children at the beginning of the 1900s.
The rocky crag on which a statue of Rob Roy McGregor has stood since the 1850s.
Culter Mills Paper-Making Machine
One of the Culter Mills paper machines. 1970s.
The way to "Lovers' Walk" along the River Dee.
The Culter Paper Mills
The Culter Paper Mills around 1897.
Malcolm Road, Culter
The lower end of Malcolm Road, Culter. About 1910.
Culter Railway Totem
One of the railway totem signs from Culter Station before it closed in 1966.
Culter Railway station. 1920s.
Church Terrace, Culter
Church Terrace around 1910.
Paddling on the Dee
A group paddling in the Dee. 1910s.
The Northern Co-op
The Co-op buildings. 1920s.
The Heritage Centre, Culter
Springtime at the Heritage Centre. 2006.
Heritage Hall, Culter
Heritage Hall. 2008.
New Cottages, Culter
Plans for the New Cottages being built for Millworkers. About 1920.
View of the Mill from Ordhill, Culter
Culter Paper Mills viewed from Ordhill. 1930s.
The River Dee
Some sheep grazing by the banks of the River Dee, Culter. 1920.
Culter Paper Mills
A view of the culter Paper Mills. About 1900.
Main Road, Culter
The Main Road through Culter looking west. About 1910.
Burnside Cottages, Culter
Culter from Burnside- looking up towards Church Terrace beyond the Railway line. About 1910.
Last summer, I chanced upon a retired couple who were sitting enjoying a cup of tea at the War Memorial. They often cycled or walked out the Deeside line and ended up there because, as a according to them, it was a “very peaceful spot”. Having been brought up on Malcolm Road, right on the other side of the Mill Dam, the War Memorial was a very familiar sight. However, I admitted that I knew very little about the soldiers -apart from the name, rank and regiment marked on the memorial. So… began the search.
Now, just over a year later I am pleased to offer some of the answers to that retired couple and to yourselves. A full colour A4 book, “Peterculter War Memorial”, is now available which should offer some insight into life in Culter, during the Great War, and into the lives of the 68 named soldiers. The book (228 pages : 55,000 words) is £15 (which will allow a £3 donation per copy to allow further research on the Memorial). Any additional donations, of course, would be very much appreciated. I hope to be able to update the book with new information and photographs towards the end of the national 2014-2018 commemoration period.
The book contains information about Culter from the outbreak of War until the dedication of the Memorial in 1920. Also, there are details of the Commonwealth War Graves and other war related grave markers in Peterculter Cemetery. I have included a section on soldiers who died in the Great War and seem to have a strong connection with the Parish of Peterculter but, for whatever reason, did not get named on the War Memorial. I hope that the initial run of books will bring more information and photographs from readers who maybe do not know they are related to a Culter War Hero.
By the time the book is released - exactly one hundred years before, Culter soldiers had already perished in the Great War. The First Battle of Ypres began on October 19th 1914 and lasted until 22nd November. Percy Edwards died, aged 29, on 29th October; John McDonald, aged 27, died on 14th November; James McAllan, aged 19, died on 18th November.
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