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Report - Blairs College - Aberdeen April 2019


jsp77

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This was part of a road trip up North in 2019 with PV, just finally got round to editing the photos and putting a report together with a few more to follow over the next few weeks.

History
Lying on the south bank of the River Dee, between Kirkton of Maryculter and Aberdeen, the land on which the seminary was built was originally owned by the Knights Hospitallers of St John of Jerusalem, before passing to the Menzies family in 1542. In 1827 the land was donated by John Menzies of Pitfodfels (1756-1843) to the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church in Scotland, and the original building, Menzies House, converted into a seminary for 25 pupils. In 1829 Lismore Seminary and Aquhorthies College were merged, then closed and the students moved to Blairs College.
A major expansion was executed from 1897 to 1902 with a new chapel by Robert Curran of Warrington and new lectures rooms and accommodation by Robert Gordon Wilson of Aberdeen. The new buildings were formally opened by Bishop Chisholm on 23 September 1903.
The college's book collection is housed in Aberdeen University Library and the archives at the Scottish Catholic Archives.
The college closed in 1986, but the chapel continues to be used as a place of worship. There is a Sunday Mass in the chapel every week at 9:30am.


Externals - A lovely view to be greeted when walking up the drive.
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Main Entrance
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Entrance doors to college
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The rear of front entrance
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Now entering the ground floor corridors
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A couple of period classroom
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The corridor leading to the main hall
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The main hall
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Stairs leading to the upper floors
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Typical rooms on the upper floors
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Toilets
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Stairway to the top floor
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A typical room on the top floor
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Classrooms in the extension
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Back on the ground floor and the corridor to the kitchens
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I believe this is the dining hall
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Holly figures tucked away in a corner of a small room
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Thanks for looking:thumb
 

Fluffy

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That's truly beautiful, and mighty impressive.
 

dave

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It maybe is a little bare but it's still beautiful loving the figures too.
 

Calamity Jane

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Very impressive building. Love all the original features, too many to pick a favourite part. Truly beautiful with the iron work, stained windows, woodwork, tiles, and general design. :cool: Whats happening with this place, does anyone know?
 

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