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Kirkwall from Wideford Hill

A Dougie Cooper picture from 1966.

Main changes are the Peedie Sea is peedier, the big field in the foreground is now filled by the Picky Centre, and the fields in the distance are almost all filled by houses (Papdale East, Papdale private, Reid Crescent, Berstane Road, Springfield Drive, Viewfield Drive) and the KGS. No big tanks at the Power Station, and the building seen on its left is the old Kirkwall Mart, with the gasworks beyond. Tankerness House is gleaming white here, possibly after the refurbishment postulated in earlier pictures of it.
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Picture added on 27 July 2006
You can just see the chute at the old Picky playpark.
It was a real treat getting to go there to play!!
Added by B. Moar on 27 July 2006
See the row of sheds accross from Co-op/Presto etc... what is the green building behind the playpark?
Added by Alison on 28 July 2006
the sheds were owned by various people. the one nearest the town was a blacksmith (he stayed in Laverock Rd), near the middle was Davie Peace (carpets/lino) and at the Pickaquoy end was a vehicle service garage operated by Robbie Mainland. The green sheds over the road from the playpark was County Council stores I think
Added by John Foulis on 26 December 2006
The Blacksmith I Believe was Mr. Mowat father of the late Stuart "Cody" Mowat. Tommy Muir of T G Muir Painters also owned one of the sheds
Added by David Tullock on 27 December 2006
yea Davie - your correct on both counts, the Mowat name slipped my mind at the time

Added by John Foulis on 27 December 2006
Another of the sheds was owned by Sandy Wylie, probably before he started operating the Taxi business from his home.
Added by Raymond Grieve on 28 December 2006
Cook & Muir Builders also had a shed there. I'm sure there were others as well that are still to be mentioned.
The green shed behind the playpark, was a store / garage for the Kirkwall Town Council. It was taken away about the time the Peedie Sea was redeveloped, and stood where the pathway and the trees start now.
Added by Alastair Kelday on 28 December 2006
Keep looking and you will find more and more. Brandyquoy before the Telephone Exchange, the buildings further to the left (north)of the Power Station, would that be part of the old Burgh Yard or even part of the original Legion premises?
Added by Raymond Grieve on 28 December 2006
Since this picture has elicited such interest, I've uploaded the full resolution scanned version- just click on the link below the picture.
Added by Steven Heddle on 28 December 2006
Wow amazing picture I can see the house I lived in until I was eight years old. If you follow up from the cathedral spire the first house to the right on Berstane Road is Adelaide Cottage. My mum, dad and two older sisters moved there in the mid fifties from Sanday and where me and my two brothers (born in the 60s)were brought up until we left Orkney in 1971.
Added by Raymond Hay on 11 May 2008
Looking at this the large house with a porch in the middle in the top left of the photo appears to be Springfield House which was the home of my great great great great uncle Rev. William Spark and his family between the late 1850's until his death in 1884. The house is now named “Voresheed” and is located on Berstane Road, Kirkwall.

Rev. Spark was a minister at St Magnus for over 40 years. He was ordained on 14 December 1843 as Minister of the Second Charge at St Magnus and succeeded Rev. William Logie as Minister of the First Charge on 25th November 1856 until his death in 1884.

I have posted a photo of this house on the site and Paul Sutherland has posted a photo of Rev. Spark taken circa 1875
Added by Peter Huntly on 19 February 2010
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