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Aberdeen, Union Terrace Gardens

Arch (19th Century)

Site Name Aberdeen, Union Terrace Gardens

Classification Arch (19th Century)

Canmore ID 20095

Site Number NJ90NW 188.01

NGR NJ 93816 06250

NGR Description Centred NJ 93816 06250

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Aberdeen, City Of
  • Parish Aberdeen
  • Former Region Grampian
  • Former District City Of Aberdeen
  • Former County Aberdeenshire

Archaeology Notes

NJ90NW 188.01 centred 93816 06250

Moulded depressed arch dated AT AD 1673; originally erected by Andrew Thomson in Guestrow (NJ 942 063) and moved to its present postion in 1931.

HBD List 1965 (Aberdeen).


Photographic Record (9 May 2012)

RCAHMS photographed Union Terrace Gardens in May 2012. At this time a major international competition to redevelop the gardens had taken place with Diller Scofidio and Renfro/Keppie's 'Granite Web' entry chosen as the winner. A referendum took place in March 2012 in which the general public backed the development of the 'Granite Web' by a slim majority over those who wished to keep the gardens in their current state. The project was scrapped by Aberdeen City Council in August 2012 after Labour Party, who were opposed to the redevelopment, became the largest party in the May 2012 City Council election.

RCAHMS' survey focussed on the topography of the gardens as several of the competition entries, including the winning one, proposed covering over the Aberdeen-Inverness railway and the bypass, and making radical modifications to the gradient of the naturally sloping site that originally led down to the Den burn. The survey also included details of existing street furniture and views from various levels within the gardens of nearby landmarks such as Archibald Simpson's Triple Kirks and Frank Matcham's His Majesty's Theatre. RCAHMS' visit also provided an opportunity to upgrade holdings on the public toilets within the park.

Information from RCAHMS (NG), January 2013.


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