Friday, 11 August 2017

Old Photograph New Bridge Bridge Of Allan Scotland

Old photograph of the new bridge over the Allan Water in Bridge Of Allan near Stirling, Scotland. The Jacobites were in Bridge of Allan in 1745, where three hundred highlanders set up a roadblock on the original old bridge and charged a toll for its passage. Major Alexander Henderson, the Laird of Westerton, drew up plans of how he wanted the village to be laid out in 1850, envisaging spacious streets with pleasure grounds in the woods. It was at this time that many handsome stone villas were built on wide thoroughfares, with practically every second house becoming a lodging house as Bridge of Allan became a renowned spa town, especially during the boom years of hydropathic establishments. Among the visitors was Robert Louis Stevenson who visited annually during his youth. The Museum Hall was built by the trustees of John Macfarlane in 1887, originally as the Macfarlane Museum and Art Gallery. In its use as a concert venue it once played host to the Beatles.

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