Forfar

Forfar Old Parish Church Steeple

Forfar East High Street

Classic views - East High Street and the Steeple which dominates the town - PHOTOs  Malcolm McCrow
The Cross, Forfar Forfar, the Cross
Forfar Town House dating from the 1700s PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow      
Forfar Town Hall Forfar Town Hall
Could a more sympathetic link not have been established between the Town House of 18th Century vintage and the classical building to its rear?  PHOTOs   Malcolm McCrow

Forfar Castle Street

Castle Street Forfar

Castle Street near the Cross with Queen Street leading off to the left - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Forfar Clydesdale Bank Castle Street

Forfar Castle Street

Pillar box outside the Clydesdale Bank in Castle Street (left) has acquired company in the form of differentiated waste containers .  Castle Street narrows (right) looking towards the old Post Office.  Jarvis Brothers in on the right -  PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Forfar Gaff Queens Street Forfar County Buidllings
Queen Street (left) leading to the Pavilion ('e Gaff) which was offering Bingo in 2005, but by 2010 is derelict.  Forfar no longer has a cinema.  County Buidlings (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow                                 
County Buildings Forfar Forfar County Buildings
The Sheriff Court (left) and County Buildings (right) in Market Street  - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
East High Street Forfar Royal Bank of Scotland Forfar
Conflicting patterns of street furniture in East High Street - modern bus shelters but new lamp standards aping times past - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Old Parish Church Steeple Forfar Forfar Steeple
For several years in the nineties the steeple clock was difficult to read, but that's no longer a problem!  PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Town Hall Forfar

The Cross Forfar

Forfar Town House, which dates from 1780, at the Cross (left).  East High Street from the Cross (right) - PHOTOs   Malcolm McCrow
Forfar East High Street Mutch News Agents
East High Street's new bus shelters - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Forfar East High Street former chip shop Forfar Arched window East High Street
Once a fish and chip shop (in the 1950s) a traditional style Forfar building with its gable to the street (left).  Arched window in east High Street (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
East High Street Forfar Forfar East High Street
East High Street looking east - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Coutties Wynd East High Street Forfar

Forfar Coutties Wynd

East High Street (left) The new pavement was re-aligned in 2005 and projects out into the road. The new street lamps have been made to look old which makes the futuristic bus shelters in East High Street (left) look, perhaps, somewhat incongruous.  Coutties Wynd  leading down to Academy Street (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Old Forfar Academy Old Forfar Academy
Old Forfar Academy, designed by the same architect as Montrose Academy.  Old Forfar Academy (right) with the gymnasium  to the left nearest the camera;  the building also housed the music department and was built in 1910.  After the opening of the new Forfar Academy the buildings were used to house the new Chapel Park primary school, now closed. In 2012 both buildings are up for sale - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Forfar Academy Forfar Academy
The new Forfar Academy building that replaced the old was opened in 1965 - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Forfar Academy Forfar Academy
Forfar Academy, July 2012 - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Windmill Forfar Forfar Windmill
Now a residence - remains of old windmill in Taylor Street - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

British Linen Bank building Forfar

The Pend Forfar

Flemish or Dutch facade to the former British Linen Bank (left), now Council Offices .  The Pend (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Forfar Osnaburg Street Osnaburg Street Forfar

The Pend leading from East High Street to Osnaburg Street - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Forfar The Vennel Sparrow Croft Forfar

The Vennel (left)  Sparrow Croft (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Steeple Forfar Forfar Steeple
Steeple from East High Street (left) and from the Vennel (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Osnaburg Public House Forfar

Forfar the Vennel

Osnaburg Pub sign (left).  The Vennel (right) looking towards Lour Road with the Guides' Headquarters on the left and the Swimming Baths on the right - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Forfar Killacky's Corner Troopers Bar

Jimmy Doig's Forfar

Killacky's Corner with the Trooper's Bar (left) and Doig's church-like saleroom (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

The Little Causeway Forfar

Forfar Little Causeway

The Little Causeway - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
West High Street Forfar Forfar Chapel Street

West High Street (left) Steeple from Chapel Street (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Old Parish Churchyard Forfar Steeple churchyard Forfar

Steeple Church Yard - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Forfar East Port

Forfar North South Street crossroads

.  The start of East High Street looking towards the crossroads formed by North Street and South Street (left.)  Looking from North Street towards Queen Street (right)PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

East Port Forfar

Forfar Prior Road

East High Street where North Street and South Street meet.  Prior Road (right) has little changed over the years - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Volunteer Arms Forfar

Forfar Volunteer Arms

The Volunteer Arms became the Town House  in 2005 and was painted white.  A familiar landmark in Forfar's east end by 2010 it had become The Vollies - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Montrose Road Forfar Forfar East High Street
Traditional landings at the backs of the Montrose Road houses (left) contrast with modern architecture in East High Street (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Forfar East School

East School Forfar

Inside and out - former Forfar East School was an educational administrative centre in 2005, but by 2010 has become council offices - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Montrose Road Forfar Jeannie Morris Arbroath Road Forfar
Morning and Montrose Road is viewed from Frank Norrie's garage (left).  Evening in Montrose Road.  Jeannie Morris had a small grocer shop at the corner of Montrose Road and William Street (right):  at the other end of William Street, at the junction with Prior Road was Millar the grocer - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Lowson Memorial Church Forfar

Forfar Montrose Road

The Lowson Memorial Church spire (left) can be seen from many miles around. Darkness is falling and a house window (right) catches the setting sun in Montrose Road - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Forfar Gas Board offices North Street

Forfar North Street

Former Scottish Gas Board offices in North Street (left) viewed from the remains of the railway bridge that led to the coal siding.  The gates of the gasworks and the manager's house (right) still survive - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Forfar market Street

Station Park Forfar

North Street looking towards Market Street (left) and Carseview Road (right) which leads to Station Park, home of Forfar Athletic - PHOTOs   Malcolm McCrow
Forfar Station Park Forfar Carseview Road
Strathmore Auction Building with Station Park just visible behind it (left).  Looking back towards Market Street, the dip in the road where it passed under the Aberdeen-Glasgow mainline is still obvious (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Forfar Carseburn Road Forfar Don Street John Street
Carseburn Road (left).  Modern flats occupy the former railway coal sidings which were accessed by a bridge over North Street.  Don Street (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Harry MacIntosh Don Street Forfar Forfar Harry MacIntosh
Don Street (left) looking towards the former Scottish Gas Board showrooms with, in 2006, the derelict property of Harry Mackintosh & Son on the right hand side of the street.  Flats have been built on the site by 2010 - (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
John Street Forfar Forfar John Street
The backs of the houses on the west side of John Street - PHOTOs  Malcolm McCrow
Forfar John Street Forfar County Buildings
An array of drying poles await a washing with the County Buildings visible through the trees - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Forfar Victoria Street Windmill Brae Forfar Don Street
Victoria Street (left).  Modern housing off Don Street (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
North School Forfar Forfar North School
Forfar had four primary schools named after the cardinal points of the compass.  The West has been demolished, but the buildings of all the others survive.  The most distinctive was the red brick North School in Wellbraehead - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Forfar Queen Street East High Street Forfar View from the Greens
Queens Street leads off East High Street to the Greens.  At the junction (left) stood the remains of a well first sunk in 1757.  Its remains lasted until demolition in the 1960s and its spot is now marked by a utility services box!  At the same time a 1741 tenement was demolished - but it wasn't to widen the High Street, although the replacement was built further back.  One wonders if these structures would have been demolished had they lasted until now.  The view looking back from the Greens (right) towards Queen Street with the buildings of East High Street forming a backdrop - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Forfar the Greens The Greens Forfar
Pathway leading from Queen Street to the Greens (left), so called because they were used extensively as drying greens.  The drying poles behind the swing (right) are now symbolic of this past function of the Greens - now largely a parking lot - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Goosecroft Forfar Forfar Goosecroft
Goosecroft from Queen Street (left) and from Victoria Street (right) - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Forfar Greens Greens Forfar
The Greens survived into the 50s and were at that time the traditional location for the annual fair.  Now a car park, the poles to the rear of the children's swings are a reminder of the Green's original function - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Tescos Forfar

Forfar Tescos

County Buildings in Market Street form a backdrop to Tesco (left).  Tesco from Don Street (right) -  PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Reid Hall Forfar

Forfar Stag Hotel

 The gift of a former lord provost the Reid Hall (left), was burnt down on 31 December 1941 and restored in the 60s.  The Stag Hotel (right) at the junction of Victoria Street and Castle Street was at one time the eastern extremity of the Myre - PHOTOs  Malcolm McCrow

Dundee Loan Forfar

Forfar Dundee Loan

West side of Dundee Loan looking towards the West Port - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Forfar Dundee Loan

Dundee Loan Forfar

East side of Dundee Loan looking towards the West Port - PHOTOs   Malcolm McCrow

Dundee Loan Forfar

Forfar Dundee Loan

Ups and Downs - Left, Centre and Right - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Dundee Loan Forfar

Forfar Dundee Loan

Old and New in Dundee Loan - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Forfar Sunnyside West

Forfar Sunnyside East

Western and Eastern Sunnyside on either side of Dundee Loan - PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

West Port Forfar

Forfar West Port

West Port from the foot of Dundee Loan (left).  Although West High Street (right) was widened and drastically redeveloped in the 60s, the widening stopped short of the West Port.  PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Forfar West High Street

West High Street Forfar

West High Street looking west (left).  West High Street looking east (right).  PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Forfar Strathmore Mineral Waters

Forfar Lyning Hills West High Street

Strathmore Mineral Water Company's premises in West High Street (left).  Lyning Hills (right) off West high Street.  Forfar has many narrow lanes maintaining links with earlier times.  PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Forfar West High Street

Forfar Police headquarters

West High Street (left) - another Forfar characteristic to survive - gables backing on to the street.  Across the road (right) - the Forfar Police Headquarters.  PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

West High Street Forfar

Forfar Post Office

Looking east in West High Street - Police Station (left) and the the Post Office and County Library (right).  PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Pollice Headquarters Forfar

Forfar West Kirk

The Bank of Scotland built on the site of a former Shell garage (left).  St Margaret's Church (right).  PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Little Causeway Forfar

Forfar West School

West High Street and the little Causeway (left).  At one time there were no buildings to separate the two.  New Road (right) leads up to what was Forfar South School and is now Kirkriggs Primary School.  In the late 50s this building served as an annexe to Forfar Academy and first year pupils would assemble here for music lessons from Miss Farquhar.  PHOTOs  Malcolm McCrow

West High Street Forfar

Forfar West High Street

One of Forfar's older buildings on the north side of West High Street (left).  Looking towards The Cross (right).  PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Forfar Balmashanner Balmashanner Forfar
"On The Slopes of Balmashanner" - from the song by Lowland Folk Balmashanner War Memorial                   PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Forfar Loch Forfar Loch
"We see the Loch . . . "                                                              PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow
Forfar Lowson Memorial Church Forfar Balmashanner view
". . . and Lowson's Kirk, the toon lies blinkin' in the murk . . ."   

PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Views from Old Dundee Road        

             PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Forfar view from Balmashanner
Views:  looking west from Balmashanner (left) and east (right)

PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow

Dunnichen Hill
". . . we'll gaze out once again . . ."

  PHOTOs Malcolm McCrow  

contact me: malcolm@mccrow.org.uk

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