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Aerial view of Kirkwall looking to Scapa, 1931
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Aerial view of Kirkwall looking to Scapa, 1931

A Tom Kent picture. Hasn't Kirkwall grown! In 1931 it stopped at the Clay Loan and Great Western Road, which seems to have been the industrial estate of its day. Note the gasworks on Castle Street, and the flat area at the back of Main Street that is Costie's tennis courts. There also seems to be a water filled quarry in the area between where Pipersquoy Road and Garden House is now.
Picture added on 25 May 2005
Yes, a quarry was on that site [roughly straight across from the driveway leading to our group of houses off New Scapa Road and across from the entrance to the present Health Centre]. You can see the Balfour Hospital with the wall all around it's grounds in this photo. During WW2 the MOD took over the grounds of the hospital and the land next to it [where our houses now are] and the house now known as Clova was the military hospital.
Added by marion mcleod on 25 May 2005
Hi Marion, What ever happened to the quarry across the road and what was the stone from there used for? The hospital?
Added by Betty Miller on 21 February 2009
Betty, I don't know what the stone was used for but the quarry was in operation for a while. The quarry was filled in my Dad said. Houses are now built on top of it!
Added by Marion Mcleod on 23 February 2009
The old firm of Leslie and Leonard have three hire cars parked in Bournemouth Road.
Added by Grant Leonard on 23 February 2009
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