Monday, 24 October 2011


3 views of the Cowgate area captured before all the demolition began - so 1970ish.
Top one is from near St Andrew's Street junction looking over towards the Wellgate side, with Walsall Conduits sign on show.
Middle image is a familiar view of the Cowgate featuring Wishart Arch.
The wooden business sign top-left of the photo is for Holland House Electrical Co, and the white building next door to it is Mitchell Car Hire.
The bottom picture would have been snapped outside Millett's probably, that's the Gaumont canopy to the right of the image, with the continuation of the Cowgate beyond and King Street curving off next to it.
The Wellgate side of the Cowgate has the Dundee Savings Bank on the corner, and you can just catch a glimpse of the Cowgate Carpets shop sign beside it.
No hint of any boarding going up yet, all premises seem intact and still doing biz!
Click on pictures to enlarge.
Photos from Gordon C.


  1. Cracking photos, as always Retro (and Gordon C.)!

    I'd love to see more photos of this area, particularly the East Marketgait/Seagate area before they knocked down all the old warehouses and built the Marketgait tunnel (which, if memory serves me correctly, appeared in the late 80s/early 90s).

  2. Great shots, I think the bank was called the trustee savings bank, had an account there. My Gran lived at 35 Cowgate for most of her life too.

  3. Fab pics.
    Remember seeing the bank once it had been demolished...the building was gone but the twisted metal of the strong room remained.

    I too would like to see pics of the tunnel area especially Dudhope Street.

  4. Lightning

    If you enlarge the picture you will see that it is still called the Dundee Savings Bank. The regional savings banks were still independent at this time (organised geographically) so it was another few years before it actually became the Trustee Savings Bank.

  5. You are correct Anonymous, 1979 the Dundee Savings Bank became the TSB, my account was with the Dundee Savings Bank.

  6. If it wasn't for the Wishart arch it could almost be a completly different town.