‘Bon Accord’, the motto of the City of Aberdeen is emblazoned on many of their lamposts – it’s was also the title of their online city newspaper – sadly no more.
Following my recent lampost [ I know I know ]. Douglas, a regular reader, has kindly walked miles across the city of Aberdeen, braving the elements to bring us this fine collection of spectacular Aberdonian street furniture. Douglas has kindly written some commentary to go with the shots so I’ve included this. It’s almost as if he’s blogging himself now….
“This was the view from my window just before I set out. We’ve had snow all week. Also note how scenic the view is. From here (on King Street) it’s a short(ish) walk to Union Street and the city centre. Walk along Union Street avoiding the kamikazee shoppers and you get to Holburn Junction. Go down to the left and just a short way along you come to:
It had stopped snowing by this point. This is on the corner or Justice Mill Lane and Holburn Street Aberdeen. It’s not a lampost. I think it’s a vent for drainage or sewage or something. Some years ago it got painted but before that I’d never given it a second thought because it was grey and just….there. Still, isn’t it pretty now? From here carry on down Holburn Street to the junction with Great Southern Road. Head on down great Southern Road and you’ll see the lamposts I mentioned. I don’t know a great deal about their history but Great Southern Road ends at a bridge called the George the 5th Bridge. Which probably has something to do with it.
This shot shows some of the double standards. Note how the third one back has different light fittings? I doubt any of the actual lights are original. Also some of the lamposts on this road are more modern and I suppose they are replacements for damaged ones. Near the Holburn Street end they are painted blue but, nearer the bridge end they are painted slightly differently. Which leads me on to:
Which shows what I mean.
These shots show some more doubles and the singles too. From here I cut through the Duthie Park and back up to Union Street. By this point I’ve walked quite a distance. A quick go round the town centre then up to PC World (sad) then back down home via Hutcheon Street where :
|this shot is taken. I’m not entirely sure what these are for and the weather was turning bad again. There is a railway tunnel under the road so they could be vents for that but, it exits just on the other side of the road and I would have expected something like these to be about halfway along. rather than near the end. First time I saw them they were painted grey and then, some years ago, they got painted in the colours you can see now. All the vans and things that are visible in this photograph are because of burst water main (happened last night). I also took this opportunity to make sure I could still walk up this road as it’s on my route to work. I walked miles for this. Which was good exercise and I went to places I
hadn’t been in a while which was nice too. Shame the weather was not at it’s best. I’m not the worlds best photographer but I hope you enjoy them. Most of the rest of the lamposts in this city are very like anywhere elses really.”
Thanks Douglas – much enjoyed seeing these.