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Mystery arch on Victoria Street
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Mystery arch on Victoria Street

Click to View The picture on the left has sparked a good debate as to where it is or was. Well, the picture above shows where what remains of it still stands today. I was sure I remembered seeing something like this when I was young, and was surprised to find it was still there, having not noticed it for donkey's years.

I'll add another Victoria Street picture showing the building that was demolished, with the arch barely visible.
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Picture added on 20 January 2006
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Mystery places or things or people
Until recently I had a friend whose wife's parents had an ice cream shop/cafe in Victoria Street in the 1930s. She said their house was in Royal Close through an arch, (near a sewing machine shop), I asume this would be Croys, and the arch she remembered would be the one with the remains still sticking out from the ex Royal Hotel.
I have never seen Royal Close on a map, could it just have been a posh name used by those who lived in it? The name of the ice cream family, Frank Vittese.
Added by Ian Cameron, Kirkwall. on 23 January 2006
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