Bridgend from Tay Street, Perth, about 1903

The photo shows a distant view of Perth Bridge and Bridgend from the railings along Tay Street, Perth, about 1903. Tay Street was built as an embankment and promenade from the 1880's. There was a settlement at Bridgend from at least as early as the 16th century but its real development dates from the opening of Perth Bridge in 1771.

Bridgend and Kinnoull was a Burgh of Barony under the Earl of Kinnoull and was entitled to hold a weekly market and four annual fairs. Commercial Street, Bridgend, was close to the quays of the riverbank. They in turn were opposite the busy harbour at the foot of the High Street, and many of the ferrymen lived in Commercial Street. Commercial Street was also the low road to Dundee and was busy with traffic. The island lying in the river between Commercial Street and High Street is called Stanners Island.

  • Material/Medium: gelatin dry plate negative
  • Date: <1903
  • Creator: Wood & Son Printers, Perth, purchased from A.E. Craven, Methven Street
  • Accession number: W0026
  • Category: Photography
  • Subject: Tay Street,Perth,Perthshire,Scotland,Bridgend,River Tay,children