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The Ragged School1792 viewsHelensburgh's first school was Grant Street School — also known as the Ragged School or the Industrial School — at the corner of Grant Street and East Princes Street. It dates back to 1853 when Government funds were obtained for the erection of a school, and in 1873 it became the responsibility of the Row (Rhu) School Board. It was replaced by Clyde Street School in 1903, and the land was built on in an expansion of the Gas Works.
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Academy opening1788 viewsVIP guests the Duke of Argyll and the Commodore Clyde, Commodore Chris Hockley, and his wife chat after the official opening of the second Hermitage Academy at Colgrain on June 4 2008.
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Gift of fruit1782 viewsPupils and teachers at Hermitage Park gather to receive a gift of apples from the British Columbia Fruit Growers in Canada in 1951. Miss Lennie presided over the distribution to the children. Image supplied by Cecilia Dunlop.
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1943 Hermitage School class1781 viewsMembers of a class of 13 year-olds at Hermitage School in East Argyle Street pictured during the Second World War, including some evacuees from Clydebank. Back: Jim Arrol, John Osborne, unknown, unknown, Robert Dunlop, unknown; middle: unknown, Bobby Phillips, Ian Gilchrist, unknown, Jack Orr Winton, Roy McKenzie; front: unknown, Henry Brown, unknown. Image supplied by Bobby Phillips.
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Academy opening1778 viewsAmerican guest Dr John Jackson speaks at the opening of the second Hermitage Academy at Colgrain on June 4 2008. He said a few words of greeting on behalf of the school's international links.
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1920s burgh class1772 viewsA 1920s Helensburgh school class photographed by W.D.Brown & Co. of West Bay Studio, Helensburgh. Any information about the people in the picture would be welcomed.
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Piers Swim1770 viewsSome of the Helensburgh Swimming Club members who took part in the annual Craigendoran pier to Helensburgh pier swim in August 1963. From left: Ken Mercer, Rod MacPhail, Elizabeth Soutar, Sandy MacRitchie, Colin McCallum. It was the first time Rod entered, and his time of 47 minutes on a calm night was the fastest he ever achieved. Ken Mercer, whose mother Edith taught hundreds of local children to swim, won it for the umpteenth time in 25-28 minutes.
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TS Empress1768 viewsThe Empress moored in the Gareloch off Rhu. She was the second of two charitable training ships for boys, and was in the Gareloch from 1889 until the 1920s, with staff giving a tough and sometimes brutal training to the 300 boys on board at any time. In this picture some can be seen aloft. Image circa 1910.
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Knockderry Castle, Cove1768 viewsBuilt on the site of a Danish fort about 1855 to the design of the famous architect Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, Knockderry Castle at Cove became the family home of the Templeton carpet manufacturing family. In 1896-7 another famous architect, William Leiper, designed an extension and a lodge for John Templeton, and a famous guest of his at the castle was millionaire philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. For some years a hotel, it is now a private residence again. Image circa 1913, possibly taken from the roof of Bellcairn House, looking south.
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Cardross Primary School1759 viewsThe current Cardross village primary school is pictured. Image date not known.
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The Swimming Pool1759 viewsHelensburgh's outdoor pool. Undated, possible the 1960s.
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Bandstand and Garage1758 viewsA view of the Helensburgh seafront bandstand with the Granary building in the distance during the period that it was a Garage and Wolseley Depot, circa 1920.
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