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Palace Road in Winter

Peter writes:
'This T.K. postcard actually says Palace Street in Winter. I wonder if this is a mistake on his part or was it really the name for it in those days?'

I think Tom Kent is right enough, as it is called Palace Street on an old OS map I have from the 1900s.

Anybody have any idea what Albert Street and Victoria Street were called before Victoria and Albert were on the go?

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Picture added on 22 June 2004
Regarding street names, on the 1902 OS map, Palace Road is Palace Street, The Watergate is Palace Road, Buttquoy Place is Back Street, Mounthoolie Lane is Albert Lane, St Catherine's Place is Catherine Place, and Cromwell Road is Young Street.
Added by Steven Heddle on 22 June 2004
And the lane between the TSB and Ridgways Travel was called Gas Wynd.
Added by Steven Heddle on 20 July 2004
Interesting to know it was Gas Wynd, I wonder what it was called before we had gas?
Added by Alan Hale on 26 September 2004
Gas Wynd was previously called Slaughterhouse Wynd as it then led to the slaughterhouse, but I can't remember where I heard that. Hossack says it was also called Cubbie Lane. When the slaughterhouse was moved to the Crafty in the 1860s someone signing himself "Up-the-Gate" wrote to the Orkney Herald complaining of this latest example of the upper end of the town being ill done by.
Added by Paul Sutherland on 19 January 2005
Is the boy in short trousers Robbie Harcus (Juunker)?
Added by John Foulis on 29 December 2014
The Valuation Rolls and Peace's Almanac have it called Palace Street until around 1912.
Added by David Partner on 16 April 2015
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