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 thepassage 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 bottom
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 in1994.
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. (1994).
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. However, sadly, the Club closed and the area
is now abandoned and overgrown.
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
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.
The remains of the south entrance into Woodside Cloth Works. (1997. This path lead up to the Arrched
entrance you see in the 1955 photo, above.
On the footpath. Looking towards Grandholm Bridge. (1997).
Grandholm Road Bridge.
The builder's plate on Grandholm Road Bridge.
A view of Grandholm Road bridge from the northside of the river. (1994).
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 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, near the new Don Bridge.
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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