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Provost Skene's House, Aberdeen

Provost Skene's House is between Broad St and Flourmill Lane, Aberdeen.
It was off the now-vanished Guestrow.
See Bing bird's eye view.



Provost Skene's House.
The front (E side).
Photo 2005. See full size.
From Daniel Robinson. See terms of use.




"Provost Skene's House" dates from at least 1545.
It was purchased by Mathew Lumsden 1622.
Bought by Sir George Skene, Provost of Aberdeen 1669.
Sold to David Ædie 1694.
A Mr. Thomson was in residence as at 1746, when it became known as "Cumberland's House".

This old area of Aberdeen became very run down in the 19th century.
The house was known in 19th century as "Victoria Lodging House".
It was nearly demolished in slum clearance 1930s, but was eventually saved and restored 1951, opened to the public.
It was formally opened 1953 (see plaque and other shot) by the Queen Mother.
It is now a museum.
It is a listed building. See entry.




Provost Skene's House ("Victoria Lodging House").
From this section of 1866-67 map of Aberdeen.
Guestrow is to the top. Flourmill Lane is to the bottom.



Location of Provost Skene's House today, surrounded by office blocks.
Click to toggle map/satellite view. Click to zoom in/out. Drag to move.
From Google Maps.



Provost Skene's House.
From Bing bird's eye view.




The front (E side)



Provost Skene's House.
From [Skene, 1887].
Showing the RHS ornate door, and the now vanished Duthie's Court.



Provost Skene's House, painting 1898.
Showing the RHS ornate door, and the vanished buildings of Duthie's Court.
From Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collections. Used with permission.



Provost Skene's House.
Painting 1924 by William Bowie.
From Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collections. Used with permission.



Provost Skene's House, c.1920s.
The buildings to the E have been cleared.
From Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collections. Used with permission.



Provost Skene's House. Postcard, 1940s.
From here.



Provost Skene's House.
Postcard, c.1955 (after the house has been saved and restored).
Note no entrance gate.
From Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collections. Used with permission.



Provost Skene's House, 1972.
Note entrance gate now erected here.
From Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collections. Used with permission.



Provost Skene's House, 1972.
From Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collections. Used with permission.



Provost Skene's House, 1981.
From Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collections. Used with permission.



Provost Skene's House, 1981.
From Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collections. Used with permission.



Provost Skene's House.
Photo 1992 by Colin Smith. From here. See terms of use.



Provost Skene's House, Aberdeen, 1998. See full size.



Provost Skene's House, 2001.
From here.



Provost Skene's House.
Photo 2008. See larger and full size.
See other shot and other shot.




The side (S) and rear (W)



Provost Skene's House (back).
Photo 2004 by Richard Slessor. From here. See terms of use.



Provost Skene's House (back).
Click to rotate.
From Google street view.




The entrance gate

This archway was not originally part of Provost Skene's House, but rather has been re-erected here.
A modern plaque on the inside says this archway was erected by Andrew Thomson in 1637 as a gateway to his house nearby. When this house was demolished in the 20th century the gateway was saved, and later moved here in 1970.
The older plaque on the outside (and other shot) says "A.T." and date 1673.


The entrance gate.
Photo 2008. See larger and full size.




The ornate door



Provost Skene's House.
Front RHS ornate door.
Photo 1930s.
And similar shot.
From Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collections. Used with permission.



Provost Skene's House.
Door on front RHS. Photo 1982.
From Aberdeen Art Gallery & Museums collections. Used with permission.



Front RHS ornate door.
Photo 2008. See larger and full size.
See other shot and other shot.




Videos, 2008



Pan showing the location of Provost Skene's House surrounded by brutal modern office buildings.
From here. Hosted at my YouTube account.
Download AVI file.



Walking through the entrance gate.
From here. Hosted at my YouTube account.
Download AVI file.






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