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Why visitors came a century ago

HELENSBURGH has always been a popular destination for day trippers and holidaymakers, despite its variable weather. 

The visitors have been vital to the burgh’s economy and this was just as true a century ago. A Helensburgh guide book from the early 1900s noted: “Tourist people are no fools; well they know good summer quarters as the troutling knows the pools.”

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 07 September 2010 08:10 )

 

Search for history of Rhu mansion

A SEARCH has been launched for information about one of the stunning mansions in Rhu, Laggary House, and its occupants.

The B-listed building which towers over the Laggary Park development in what was originally its grounds is an Italianate house with towers, in honey-coloured sandstone, and now contains four flats.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 September 2010 14:01 )

1845 Helensburgh roads report

A REPORT compiled for Helensburgh Town Council on the state of the streets in the town 1845 gives a fascinating insight to the early days.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 July 2010 17:37 )

The Victoria Hall

ONE of Helensburgh's most impressive buildings is the Victoria Hall, halfway up Sinclair Street.

It was built at the end of the 19th century and has been added to and improved on several occasions.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 July 2010 17:29 )

Helensburgh's first schools

WHEN it comes to the earliest school, or schools, in Helensburgh, there is a dearth of information in official documents, but a plausible picture does begin to emerge from snippets in a variety of sources.

One useful work which does provide some clues is the book "A Nonogenarian's Reminiscences of Garelochside and Helensburgh", by Donald MacLeod (1883). The author is not a nonagenarian — that designation applies to his uncle, Gabriel MacLeod.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 03 July 2010 17:31 )

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First 2015 Open Meeting

St-Peters-Seminary

Michael Gallagher of Glasgow University will discuss 'Reinventing Ruins — stories from Kilmahew and St Peter's Seminary' at Helensburgh Tennis Club on Wednesday January 28 at 7.30pm. Non-members are most welcome.

Winter Talks 2014-15

  • Wednesday September 24 2014 — Peter McCaughey: Establishing Helensburgh's Open Air Museum
  • Wednesday October 29 — AGM at 7pm; Robert Layden: The 9th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders in World War One
  • Wednesday November 26 — Ian McKellar: Parkhead and the Garden, Rosneath       

  • Wednesday January 28 2015 — Michael Gallagher: Reinventing Ruins — stories from Kilmahew and St Peter's Seminary
  • Wednesday February 25 — Tam Ward: Recent Discoveries by the North Clyde Archaelogical Society
  • Wednesday March 25 — Michael Davis: Curious Interconnections of the Mansions of Cowal

All meetings are in the upstairs meeting room at Helensburgh Tennis Club, Suffolk Street, at 7.30pm

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