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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 Google 3D view and Bing 3D view.

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

"Provost Skene's House" dates from at least 1545.
It was purchased by Mathew Lumsden in 1622.
Mathew Lumsden was killed in the Battle of Aberdeen (the Battle of Justice Mills) on 13 Sept 1644.

The house was bought by Sir George Skene, Provost of Aberdeen in 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.
Most of the area has been cleared of old buildings. Provost Skene's House is a rare survival, among modern office blocks.
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.

Provost Skene's House.
From Bing 3D view.
The huge office block has since been demolished.

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

360 view from inside the office/retail complex that surrounds Provost Skene's House.
Date 2018. From here.


Videos from 2008.

Pan showing the location of Provost Skene's House surrounded by brutal modern office buildings (since demolished).
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.

Provost Skene's House, Aberdeen - Pictures

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