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General view of Wallace Tower (Benholm's Tower), Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen, from E.

SC 1593649

Description General view of Wallace Tower (Benholm's Tower), Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen, from E.

Date 10/1963

Collection Scottish National Buildings Record

Catalogue Number SC 1593649

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of AB 1077

Scope and Content  Written on the back of the mounted print: 'Aberdeenshire. Place: Aberdeen. Building: Wallace Tower (Benholm's Tower)’. Photographer: 'D.B.' Date: ‘Oct 1963' General view of Benholm's Tower at its original site in Netherkirkgate, Aberdeen Originally a small settlement at the mouth of the Denburn, Aberdeen was created a royal burgh by David I between 1124 and 1153. With 19th-century agricultural improvements, the city's population doubled as workers flocked there for alternative employment. This tower, known as The Wallace (from well-house) Tower, or Benholm's Tower, was built in 1610-16 for Sir Robert Keith of Benholm. This Z-plan tower-house was added to in c.1789 and altered in the 19th century. It was latterly used as a public house. In 1962-4, the building was removed from its original site in Netherkirkgate and re-erected at Tillydrone, on the northern outskirts of the city. This was carried out at the expense of Marks & Spencer, and their new store opened on the site in 1964. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.

External Reference MW/BR/WAL/26


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