Donside Walk 2006

 (Persley To Grandholm)

From TINNS but without the comments)

A walk from the Lock Keepers old house by the River Don, at Persley and via Persley Castle, Woodside House
and the Lad's Club, following the south side of the river onto Grandholm.

Remains of the Lock Keeper's House at Persley. The house is immediately behind Persley Gardens.

You can make out where the ceiling and floor beams were fitted. I can remember when there were still wooden beams showing.

An interesting point is the contrast of how well the outside surface of the granite has stood the
passage of time but that the inside  surfaces appear to have a strange appearance of weathering
that looks more severe.

From the lower east side of the house, showing the original steps up to road level. Interesting too
that both  end windows were designed with a curve pointing towards the top, like a church window..

View from halfway down the path from the house showing the entrance to the Lock machinery.
This area was obviously locked off to the general public.

The workings, while well rusted still demonstrates how well built it all was.

You can see the two end 'squared' connections where handles had been attached to manually turn the windings.

A full view of the ruined house. Looking west towards Persley Bridge. I had wondered if the house had been
fitted  with electricity but as the windings appear to have been manually operated I would doubt if it was.

From the same spot. Binnie Brother's Vehicle Repair works. Now replaced with a modern day Physical Health Club building.

And again from approx. the same place. Persley Bridge seen overlooking the weir. It is interesting that the new
section of the  bridge is in one span while the original bridge had five arches. A nice contrast of old and new.

On the path between the old castle and Woodside House. A Deer suddenly appeared up ahead
and I just had time to zoom in and snap this picture before it darted out of sight.

Persley Castle, which is now an old people's Care Home. I remember playing in the ruins and then later the castle being taken
over by the Taylor family,  who lived at the house and walled garden at the botton of Manor Avenue by the tram terminus. They
used  it as a timber yard.  It again fell empty for some years until being totally rebuilt for the Care Home use in the 90's.

A 1955 photo taken on the path between the castle and Woodside House.
I remember it being very overgrown with numerous trees but they appear to have been cropped and cleared at this time.

Woodside House Hotel. I used to deliver bakery here when working at Mitchell & Muils. It too is now a Care Home.

The Lads Club. Taken at the time when it was under threat of being demolished to make way for a
Bus Depot,  which thankfully didn't get passed.

A perfect example of what a ridiculous idea having buses traverse this road was. There is a steep and twisting gradient up to Maggiemoss Road.
Along with a junction at the very busy end, this narrow road would have had to be widened and numerous long established trees destroyed to make it possible.

On the pathway towards Grandholme. Looking up over the railway line to Great Northern Road at the Haudagan and the quite modern
high rise flats,  roughly where the 'Hard-up Mansions' used to stand. The railway itself follows the line of the old Aberdeen-Inverurie Canal.

The path, looking towards Woodside.

This area appears to be some sort of Animal Hold. Did farmers transport their animals from here ?
I remember we used to collect Acorns in abundance at this spot. I did try to eat the nuts once but they weren't very appetising.

The Woodside Electricity Substation. You still get a strange feeling passing this site, which has expanded considerably
over the years and generates  a distinct humming sound that reflects the amount of electricity being transformed here.
Where is the Power Station that supplies the electricity?

Jamiesons Park, which is incorporated with the Lads Club.

The river Don, from the high embankment on the path, near the site of the old Woodside Cloth Mill.

A 1955 photo I snapped with my 2.6d (12p) camera of the ruined Woodside Cloth Mill.

All that remains of the Cloth Mill site now is a piece of machinery. It is quite impressive.

The remains of the south entrance into Woodside Cloth Works.

On the footpath. Looking towards Grandholm Bridge.

Grandholm Road Bridge.

The builder's plate on Grandholm Road Bridge.

A view of Grandholm Road bridge from the northside of the river.

You can glimps various bird life around this area.

Further along the river was the worker's footbridge that was closer to Grandholm Mill.

Grandholm Road Bridge as seen from the Footbridge.

Grandholm Mill

Grandholm Cloth Mills were renown Worldwide for their 'Crombie' cloth. As well as their Tweed Clothing they produced uniforms for the forces, including Russia. Part of the mill
site remained as a very interesting museum but sadly closed a few years back. The whole Mill site has been rebuilt as a large modern housing estate and only recognisable by the
old Lade, weir and tower being incorporated into the design and turned into a restaurant and pub.

The homes certainly look very modern and some design has gone into forming small crescents to brake up too many straight lines. There is a good mixture of 2 and 4 roomed
houses plus some quite luxurious ones.

This was the site of the southern entrance to the mill.

The eastward view from the footbridge, looking towards the Cruves (the Woods) at Seaton.

This is an interesting wire statue, which at first I thought was quite unique. However, I have
seen another  very much the same elsewhere, since.

Eastward view overlooking the river Don with the high rise flats of Tillydrone in the background.

Interesting touch. Making the corner towers compliment the original tower.

I hadn't noticed while there but it looks as if the tower is designed for viewing. Is it open to the public ?
It should give some interesting all-round views.

The old weir and lock is nicely preserved. This Lade started back at Persley, on the north side of the river,
by Danestone and ran close by the river to Grandholm Mill and into the river at Seaton.

The above two photos show how well the renovation of the remains of the mill and tower have been and makes for a very tranquil scene.

The new houses and the well renovated Lade as it runs towards Seaton.

The Olivegrove restuarant and bar.




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