Tuesday, 28 June 2011


The retro decades in particular were pretty active when it came to demolishing Dundee's old buildings, so much so that sometimes we thought the Councils motto was "What goes up, must come down"...(well, apart from their salaries!).
There was also a fair bit of new construction going on too, so over the next few days I'm going to put up a mix of images showing some structures going up, and some tumbling down.
Kicking off with this one here which is Bell Street Central Fire Station being knocked down in the late 60's.
The photo was taken from Courthouse Square looking over into the firemen's living quarters above the main station, with the entire corner area bulldozed.
Below the snap of the rubble is a photo of the fire crew who worked at Bell Street Station in the 60's.
It was sent in by Mark Ritchie whose father is the chap top left in the picture.

Bell Street was such an apt place-name to have a fire station too don't you think?!

Demolition photo is from Gordon C.


  1. Just noticed the name on the JCB thing - Trojan Plant.
    Memories of Tom Moore and alleged hanky-panky....

  2. Is that the edge of the Sheriff Court you can see.

  3. Yup, that's it.

  4. In 1966 I could have stated the Trumpton Fire Brigade roll-call off the top of my head, but here's who was living at the Bell Street Fire Station the same year -
    J.Jackson - J.Wilkie - C.Hampton - J.Forbes - I.Downie - T.Smith - R.Strachan & D.MacLean.

    1. My dad was Fraser MacLean and I lived above the fire station

  5. OK, someone's got to do it....

    from memory ... Pugh, Pugh, Barney McGrew, Cuthbert, Dibble and Grubb.

  6. Och you beat me to it.

  7. Bridie, you could have been a smart-arse and mentioned Captain Flack...

  8. And yes to first post, no shock there i'm afraid :(

  9. I just remember being inside Bell Street Station as a small boy It was in a snooker room with my mother and brother who was sick. Also just Rembert peering through the appliance and seeing a wheeled escape ladder. My father was in the brigade from 1962 - 1977 and this was his 1st Station after training school in 1962.