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Crieff’s High Street Before World War 1 ( 1913/1914 ) Part One

Crieff’sHigh Street Before World War 1 ( 1913/1914 )
Part One

Tom Cuthbert , grocer , East High Street ( now Mike Sweeney , barber )

Crieff Coop about 1914

Our littletown was somewhat different shop wise than it istoday . Thisanalysisistaken from Leslie’s Directory of Perthshire published100years ago ! Included are a numberofbusinesses which although notlocated in the townitself presumably regarded Crieff as theirnearest major centre . Wehere in Crieff havejust enjoyed a well organised and well run Arts Festival inwhich manyof the current tradersparticipated . The shopsprovided an outletfor the many talented people who livein andnear to the town . Sadly the number ofshopshasdwindled somewhat over the years and gone is the variety found in the pre War listing below . Theadvent ofinternet shoppingand large multi functioningsupermarkets has unravelled the intricate pattern of the traditional town centre aswe can discernbelow . Eateries and carry out food shops have now usurped the positio…


Innerpeffray - an ancient Chapel - the oldest lending Library in Scotland PLUS  a Roman Ford and Road !
Innerpeffray Library Although Innerpeffray is  tucked  away by the  banks of the Earn  east of Crieff  and is now a quiet back water - it has a vibrant  past dating from the Roman invasion in the 1st century AD right up to date . This  unique  gem is an essential  visit when you come to Strathearn ! Read on !  (the following account of the Library  is reproduced  from the Innerpeffray Library wewbsite with grateful acknowledgement - 
The Library and School at Innerpeffray were founded by David Drummond 3rd Lord Madertie in around 1680, the first free public lending library in Scotland. Madertie was a member of the Drummond Family, one of the most important landowning families of the area, friend and brother-in-law to James Graham, First Marquis of Montrose.
The original library was "partly in the west end of the chapel of Innerpeffray and p…

Crieff at the time of Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1897

Victoria who visited Crieff and Strathearn in 1842 with her consort Prince Albert

Victoria reignedfrom 1837to 1901 – an incredible 64years . Shecelebratedher Diamond Jubilee of60 yearsupon the throne in 1897 .
Crieff as a centre of population hasbeenarounda long time . Recentdiscoveries have revealed a Neolithic past when thispart of Strathearn was emerging as a place of importance The presenttown however issolidly Victorian with a smattering remnant of the Georgianinplaces like Burrell Square ( The Octagon of yesteryear ) and Ruberslaw House . The followinglittleessay is yet anotherpluckedfrommy tattered little copy of Dixons “ Crieff in the Victorian Era “ and was written in the year of the Jubilee in 1897 so reflectswhatour town was like in the pre motor car era ! 
“To know and understand Crieff as it exists in the yearof the Diamond Jubilee of her Majesty Queen Victoria , it is necessaryin the first placeto have some years experience in the town , and in the second placeto have so…

The Sad Demise of The Crieff and Strathearn Hand Loom Weavers c 1860

The Sad Demise of The Crieff and Strathearn Hand Loom Weavers

Life in Crieff about 1860 – a fascinating social history

Weavers Hall Crieff ( Commissioner Street /Scott Terrace ) now flats  This little gem is culled from the tatteredlittlebook I have quotedfrombefore . Published in “Crieff in the Victorian Era “( Brown. Crieff. 1897 ) it reflectson the collapse of hand loom weavingin the town in andaround 1860 . Priorto this weavingdominated occupations in the townwith over 50 % of the populous weavers, spinners orassociated trades . The linen weaving haddisappeared and given way to cotton . The cotton “ webs “ were brought to thetownby cart and middle menlike James MacRosty’s father controlled supply and distribution . With theoutbreak of the American Civil Warthesupply of raw cotton dried up and the end was nigh ! The Weavers’ Hall in Commissioner Street closed and the Weavers’ Guild folded causinguntold poverty and famine . Read on !

“ Coming to later times , say forty years ago , …

Crieff in the early Victorian Days

The following little poem  is about the weavers and kids  who lived in Bridgend Crieff  - a wee weaving  village within a bigger village - namely Crieff. I  found it  in an old booklet  published HK Brown a bookseller at 15 King Street in 1897 and reflects  life in  a by gone era . Hope  you enjoy it a s much as I did ! 

‘Tis on a lovely day in June
When shuttles play their lively tune When summer’s sun shines forth on high A throws a blaze across the sky That merry boysjust out for play Espy just of a little way A fine big “ deilie “ – full of grace A tempting prize for any race Knowing soon the day must close It quickly fliesfrom budto rose So gaily flitting past the flowers It passes on to higher powers The youngstersstart , with ready grace And to the butterflygive chase Running off with childish hearts Each fora separate corner starts But, when a bonnet at it flies It rises upwards in the skies And soaring far above their heads Lights down upon a sweet briar hedge Leaping on with …