Abbey skyline

On this day                   in that year

January

1

2  (1866) Lifeboat 'Peoples Journal No.2' arrives in Arbr.

3  (1839) Catherine Street Railway Station opens

    (1959) Last steam train runs from Dundee - Arbroath

4  (1964) Abbey Theatre's first performance"The 4 Poster"

5  (1959) Diesel replaces the steam train at Arbroath

6

7

8(1320)Bruce not named King by Pope,summons ignored

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16  (1707) Law of Anglo-Scots union passed

17

18  (2008) Refurbished Webster Theatre re-opens

19

20  (664) St Fechin (Vigean) dies. St Fechin / St Vigean's Day & date of St Vigean's Market, a parish fair held at Smithycroft, later as the Winter Market, eg 1875. Calendar change meant the day became 31st Jan, then last Sat Jan

21

22  (1964) Coopers opens in High Street

       (1992) Francis Webster, weavers since 1795, close

23  (2008)  Arbroath Herald closes it's Burnside Works

24  (1890) New Victoria Hall opens

25  (1918) Paddy, regimental mascot, dies

26  (1992) New Police Station opens on Lordburn

       (2001) 'The Corn Exchange' pub/restaurant opens

27  (1867) Princes Street U.P.Church(St Columba) opens

       (1956) Bert Copland's Garage opens at Lochlands Dr

28  (1959) Robert Burns statue unveiled at Library

       (2008) Herald open new Market Place premises

29  (1446) Battle of Arbroath - 600 killed

30  (1901) Sherriff proclaims new Monarch Edward Vll

31

February

1  (1811) Bell Rock Lighthouse shines for 1st time

    (1848) Railway Sta. (Keptie St) in original form opens

    (1848) Catherine St. Railway Station closes

2  (1782) Jas Chalmers born. Invents postage stamp

3

4  (2006) A.K. Adamson close

5

6

7

8   (1814) Alex. Brown born. Meteorologist & Astronomer  

     (1960) The Light Bite opens in High Street

9  (1940)  L/boat rescues barge 'Foremost' from air attack

10  (1989) Delaney's Bottling Co. bar opens in Millgate

11

12 (1906) The 'Renner' breaks up on Buxey Sand, Essex

13  (1826) First gas supply to the town

       (1848) St Thomas of Canterbury RC Church opens

       (1911) The Rink (cinema/skating) opens at McD.Park

       (1981) 'Deep End' appear on TV's 'Thingummyjig'

14

15  (1962) D.H.Robertson, butcher, opens on Guthrie Port

       (1995) Telephone Exch. on Millgate Loan goes Digital

16  (1973) Fairport Service Sta. opens on Grant Road

17  (1871) John A Gilruth born - vet & research director

       (1885) Jas Carr McDonald born. Gaelic supporter

18

19  (1965) Keith & Blackman close

20

21

22

23  (2006) Child Protection HQ open on Springfield Terr.

24

25

26

27  (1976) Halliburton's open Elliot premises

       (1983) The Marine Ballroom closes

28  (1975) Braemar Knitwear at Elliot closes

29

March

1  (1986) Arnotts close on High Street

    (1987) Jean Waddell arrives back safely from Iran

2  (1992) Post Office counter relocates to Safeway

3  (2004) Arbr. reinstated as 'permitted fish landing port'

4  (1970) Robt McPherson (Pie Bob) opens on Grant Rd

5  (1929) Davd D Buick, car manuf'acturer, dies in Detroit

6  (1989) Peppo's fish & chip shop badly fire damaged

7  (1974)  New Ladyloan Primary School opens

    (1982) Arbr. Baptist Church's new premises open

8

9

10  (1997) Fishing boat 'Westhaven' & 4 crew lost at sea

       (2006) Paradise Computers open on High Street

11

12  (1803) The Lifeboat Station is established

       (1961) Lipton grocers opens on High Street

13

14  (1853) Dale Cottage Industrial School opens

15  (1233) Abbey is complete

16  (2006) Fusion Hair opens on Keptie Street

17  (1328) England recognises Scotland's independence.

18

19

20   (1816) Wm. the Lion (?) effigy found in Abbey

       (1959) New Fire Station opens at Ponderlaw

       (1986) 'Legs' Disco Bar opens on Catherine Street

21

22  (1966) Indoor Bowling Club opened by Andy Stewart

23

24  (1957) Mike Weir born. Politician

25

26  (1992) Red phone boxes are replaced by new kiosks

27

28  (1995) Ponderlaw Lane sheltered housing opens

29  (1975) Jas & Viv O'Brien open Pleasureland

30

31  (2007) Direct Blinds close on Guthrie Port

April

1 (1802) Wm Sharpy born-Father of Modern Physiology

   (1903) A.K. Adamson (menswear) founded

   (1995) Miniature Formula 1 opens on Queens Drive

  (2005) Laura McGhee plays 'Declaration' by Statue of Lib

2

3  (1847) Bannatyne Club plan printing of 'Liber S. Thos...'

4  (1976) Yule's new Cairnie Loan shop opens

    (1994) Harbour's Black Shed fire damaged

5  (2006) GASP open on High Street

6  (1320) The Declaration of Arbroath is signed

    (2005) The Smokie Tartan is launched

7

8

9

10  (1986) The Smugglers Inn opens

11  (1951)  Stone of Destiny laid within the Abbey

12  (1957)  Town's 1st supermarket opens, Mayfield Terr.

13

14  (1969) Timmergreens Primary's 1st pupils arrive

15

16  (1982) Arbroath Video Library opens in High Street

       (2005) Marie Knight, bridal gowns, opens on High St.

17  (1962) Arbroath Academy opens

18

19

20 (1983) Inverbrothock School re-locates to Kirkton

21 (1967) G.Shepherd/Ruby Melvin's 'Boulzie Hill' on sale

22  (1972) Newgate Bowling Club's Pavilion opens

23

24  (1909) Arbroath Lawn Tennis Club opens

25

26

27

28

29

30  (2008) Albert Henderson, Arbr FC mngr. '62-'80, dies

 

May

1

2  (1981) Old Brewhouse bar / restaurant opens

3  (2007) New elec. wards: ArbrW&Letham, ArbrE&Lunan

4  (1816) Sir Walter Scott's 'The Antiquary' is published

     (1974) Wm Ruxton, Butcher, closes on High Street

5

6  (1772) 1st service held in Wesleyan Chapel, P'law

    (1872) Arbr. Shipbuilding Co's last vessel launched

    (1974) The Crown Building opens at Guthrie Port

7  (1958) White Heather Club's 1st showing on TV

     (2002) 'Tied At The Tail:The Smokies Story' released

8

9  (1872) The restored St Vigeans Kirk re-opens

10 (2008)  Arbroath FC acheive Division 2 status

11  (2006) Angus Archives first 'Drop In Day'

12

1

13

14  (1887) Lochlands Cricket Ground's pavilion opens

       (1982) Smokeys Nightclub opens in old Bathing Pool

15  (1788) Neil Arnott b. Arbr. Inventor & Physician

      (1993) Inverbrothock Baptist Ctre opens on James St.

16 (1938) Employment Exchange opens on Millgate Loan

      (1986) 'Mandarin' Chinese Restr opens in High Street

17

18  (1778)  The 'Oats' riot at the harbour

19  (1836)  Dundee & Arbr. Railway Police formed

20  (685) Picts defeat Angles at Dunnichen Hill

21  (1971) Arbroath Glazing Co. open on Ponderlaw

22  (1959) Dix Bar (later 'Corner Bar') opens on Howard St

       (2009) 45 Commando's homecoming parade

23  (1781) French Privateer assaults the town

24

25  (1965) Elliot to Carmyllie rail line closes

       (1979) Moray Firth Maltings Clova Plant opens

       (2006) Anne Glover app. Chief Scien. Adv. to Scotland

26

27

28  (1966) The Oriental Bar in High Street closes

       (1970) Wimpy open on High Street

29

30  (1933) White Hart Hotel sold to F W Woolworth

31

June

1  (1976) The Angus Bar opens on Millgate

    (2001) Fiona Scharlau's 'Old Arbroath' is published

2  

3  (1922) War Memorial unveiled on High Common

4  (1898) Arbroath Public Library opens

5

6  (1958)  Bandstand opens in Springfield Park

7  (1965) St Thomas Primary School opens

    (1985) Public Baths on Marketgate close

8

9  (1975) The Alma Bar opens

    (1976) But 'n' Ben Restaurant opens in Auchmithie

    (2006) 'Urban' Ladies/Gents Outf'rs opens on Keptie St.

10  (1969) Warddykes Primary School opens

11

12  (1845) Arbroath Infirmary opens

13  (2006) Cliffburn Community Park opens

14  (1985) Cafe Rendezvous opens on Millgate

15  (1984) Scottie's Coffee Shop opens on High Street

16  (1934) Seaforth Hotel opens

17  (1935) Yule's newsagent opens in Commerce Street

       (1987) Argos open on High Street

18  (2004) Herald replaces Adverts with News on page 1

19  (1961)  The Portcullis Bar opens on Conan Terrace

20

21  (1990) Ark Housing's Burnside Drive Scheme opens

       (1995) Flat Dev opens in old Public Baths, Marketgate

       (2007) Brenda Ross receives the MBE

      (2008) Film 'Stone Of Destiny' premieres in Edinburgh

22  (1897) Victoria Park opens

       (1935) Kerr's Miniature Railway runs it's first train

23  (1966) Mackays Boatyard opens

      (2006) John Burt, Angus Coll. Principal recceives OBE

24  (1314) Bern. de Linton bears Brecbennoch at B/burn

25  (1947) Windmill House opens as hotel

       (1984) 'Girl Katherine 11' is launched

26  (1956) New Police Sta. opens at Bellvue Terrace

27

28  (1998) St Thomas Primary's extension opens

29  (1995) The Road Train starts running

30 (2006) Refurb.Sailcloth Store opens at Mackays B'yard

      (2007) 'Old Boatyard Restaurant' opens at Harbour

July

1  (1932) Springfield Park opens

    (1987) Town's 1st cashpoint machine opens - High St.

    (1999) Scottish Parliament sits for 1st time since 1707

    (2003) Sewing & Fabric Centre opens on High Street

    (2004) Comm. & Learning Centre opens at Angus Coll.

2

3  (1969) Golden Haddock opens at the Fit o the Toun

    (2004) The first Seafront Spectacular, Victoria Park

4  (1966) Pro Wrestling begins in Webster Memorial Hall

5

6  (1849) Geo S. Railton born, a Salvation Army founder

    (2009) Jim Reid, of Foundry Bar Band fame, dies.

7  (1934) The Bathing Pool opens

8  (1808) Foundation stone of Bell Rock L/house laid

    (1912) Olympia Cinema opens

    (1961) Children's boats introduced on Keptie Pond

9  (1983) Arbroath's 1st Highland Games at Victoria Park

10

11

12

13 (1968) Children's Paddling Pool, Springfield Pk opens

14  (1995) Kwik-Fit open on Catherine Street

15

16

17  (2008) Work starts on 'Linies' housing development

18  (1981) 'Breakers' open on Millgate

19

20

21

22  (1971) Douglas Fraser (Jute) Ltd close Wellgate mill

23

24

25 (1835) Jas Lindsay 1st to obtain constant electric light

26  (1971) Moray Firth Maltings open at Elliot Ind Est

27

28  (2007) First 'Fish & Farmers Market'

29  (1484) David Lychtone is 28th Abbot

       (1988) Bally's Night Club opens

30  (1973) Ian Beattie Gents Hairdr opens Commerce St

31  (2007) Wellgate level crossing re-opens after 2 years

August

1  (1974) The Signal Tower opens as Arbroath Museum

2

3  (2007) Red Lion's 'Seafront Leis.Ctre' opens to public

4  (1870) Harry Lauder born. He will live in Arbr. for 2 yrs

5  (1878) St Thomas R.C. School opens

6

7  (2009) 'Coast' Nightclub opens on Gravesend.

8  (1482) William Bonkil is 27th Abbot

9  (2006) Seaforth Hotel is destroyed by fire

10  (1985) Cargill's Restaurant in High Street closes

11

12

13

14

15  (1987) Wm. Low close on High Street

16  (2008) Dave Ramsay's 'Aberbrothock 1320' recorded

17

18  (1981) 'Naylors' open in Market Place

       (2007) Halfords open at Westway

19

20

21

22  (1864) Jas M Mason born - Public Health Administr.

23  (1970) DT Wilson (furniture) is burned down

       (1985) Phoenix Restaurant opens in Ladybridge St.

24  (2007) Jam production begins at Mackays of Kirkton

25  (1330) Declaration signatory Sir James Douglas dies

       (1485) Additions completed at St Vigeans Kirk

       (2007) Harbour Visitor Centre officially opens

26

27  (1984) Mike's Gents Hairdresser opens on High St.

       (2009) Viewfield Hotel's last Rock gig before closure

28

29

30  (1975) Salvation Army's 'Citadel' opens

31

September

1

2  (1852) Jas Durward Lyle born. Opera singer

    (1901) New Victoria Hall becomes the Arbroath Theatre

    (1988) Arbroath Video & Cafe opens on High Street

3

4

5

6  (1958) Territorial Army Hall opens on Montrose Road

    (2007) Ian 'Smokie' Grey dies

7  (1842) Brig 'Caledonia' wrecked in Cornwall

    (2008) Arbr. officials in Cornwall 166th anniv. of above

8  (1799) Jas Bowman Lindsay, inventor, born Carmyllie

9  (1513) George Hepburn is killed at Flodden

10

11  (1852) Jas Lyle McKay is born. 1st Earl Inchcape

12  (1885) Arbroath FC beat Bon Accord 36 - 0

13  (1974) Arbr Co-op Soc unites with S Angus Co-op

14

15

16

17  (1797) Abbey Church opens

       (1854) David D. Buick born. Founds Buick Car Co.

18  (1958) The Gayfield Stadium fire

19

20  (1986) The Town Mission opens on Wardmill Road

21

22  (1915) The Public Baths open in Marketgate

23

24  (1961) Inverbrothock Free is now St Andrews Church

25  (1871) Nolt Loan water suply is turned on

26  (1961) Maternity Wing opens at the Infirmary

       (1987) Arbroath Flower Centre on Fisheracre closes

27  (2005) The A92 Arbroath-Dundee dual carr/way opens

28  (1954) Hayshead School opens

29

30  (1841)  Inverbrothock School opens on Ogilvie Place

      (1961) Grampian TV begin broadcasts to Arbroath

October

1  (1960) Arbroath Flower Centre opens in Fisheracre

2  

3

4  (2012) New West Links Playpark is opened

5  (1992) H.O.P.E. Garden Trust is founded

6  (1838) Arbroath's first railway station opens

7

8

9  (1972) Lamb's Garage on Dundee Road closes

10 (2008) Film 'Stone of Destiny' general Scottish release

11  (1993) Andy Stewart dies

12

13(1734)Wm.Small born Carmyllie.Taught Thos Jefferson

      (2008) Wm Glover returns to Arbr after solo Atlantic trip

14

15

16  (1898) Swedish brig 'Tjilvar' runs aground nr Hosp' fld

17  (1827) Jas Johnstone Barnet born. Architect in Sydney

18 (1991) Refurbished Arbr Museum-Signal Tower opens

19  (1828)  Inverbrothock Church opens

       (1990) Palais Bingo on James Street closes

20

21  (1824)  John R. Findlay born, owner of 'Scotsman'

22  (1994) Oasis Meeting Place opens on Lindsay Street

23  (1977) Inverbrothock Church, James Street, closes

24

25  (1988) Bus deregulation.

26  (1967) Livestock Auction House closes

       (1979) 'The Ram's Heid' pub opens E. Muirlands Rd.

27  (1953) The Arbroath Lifeboat tragedy. Six die

28  (1970) The refurbished Webster Mem. Hall opens

       (1915) HMS Argyll is wrecked on the Bell Rock

       (1955) The Cliffburn Hotel opens

29  (1866) John 'Ned' Doig is born. Goalkeeper

       (1909)  Roller Skating Rink at McDonald Park opens

30  (1914) Joseph Webster loses his life in the Great War  

       (1973) The inner relief road opens

       (1992) Saltire Leisure Centre opens

31  (1984) The Bothy Lounge on Millgate closes

November

1  (1890) Arbr. Vics highest win: Vics 15, Burnside 0

    (2003) C. M. Supplies open on Brothock Bridge

2

3

4  (1476) George Boyce is 26th Abbot

    (1768) David Taylor born. Captn. of Bell Rock Tender

5

6

7

8  (1996) Angus Business Centre opens on Keptie Road

9  (1845) Ladyloan Free Church opens

    (1914) The New Palace, James Street, opens

10

11

12

13  (1879) St Margaret's Chapel of Ease opens-Keptie St.

       (1984) Abbeygate Centre opens

14  (1892) The Parish Church, Kirk Sq. is burned down

15  (1969) The old Central Bar, Brothock Bridge, closes

16

17  (1986) Town Mission opens it's Tearoom

       (2005) Construction of 'Saltire' extension begins

18  (1977) Moat House lounge opens at the Portcullis

       (2006) Fuchia Noir gift shop opens on Keptie Street

19  (1877) Arbroath Golf Club is founded

       (1988) Flamingo Leisure Ctre opens in Seaforth Htl.

20

21

22

23  (1599)  Arbroath receives Royal Charter

       (2006)  Old Church becomes Angus Council 'Access'

24  (1838)  Catherine St. Railway Station opens

       (1838)  Trains first run from the harbour to Leysmill

25  (1999) Cash Generators open on Fisheracre

26  (1934) Mixed bathing introduced in Marketgate Baths

       (2007) David Gerrard dies

27

28 (1892) Inverbrothock School's Cairnie St. annex opens

29  (1906) A labourer's 10 hour day is reduced to 9 hours

30  (1838) The Arbroath Herald is first published

December

1  (1988) McIntosh Structures move into Kirkton Ind Est

    (2008) Tesco open at Stobcross

2  (1932) The North Sea Hotel opens on Millgate Loan

3  (1955) The last passenger train runs Arbroath -Forfar

4  (1214)  King William the Lion dies

5

6  (1223)  Alexander 11 grants lands of Conon to Abbey

7  (1959) 8 crew of Broughty Ferry Lifeboat 'Mona' are lost

8  (2005) LIDL open on Gravesend

9  (1214)  King Wm. the Lion is buried within the Abbey

10  (1858) Louisa MacDonald, educationalist, is born

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14

15

16  (1980) 'Neeters' Bar opens on High Street

       (1987) The Cairnie Pub opens

17

18  (1969) Covered Fishmarket at Harbour opens

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24

25  (1911) The Railway Station in present form opens

       (1930) The 'Picture House' opens on High Street

26

27  (1780) Alex. Adams born. Hawaiian Tr.Fleet Comm.

28  (1879) The Tay Rail Bridge disaster

       (1906) The Elliot railway disaster

       (1978) The Arbroath Guide ceases publication

29  (1170) Thomas a Becket is slain at Canterbury

       (1816) Arthur S. Thomson born. Military surgeon

30  (1933) Andy Stewart, entertainer, is born

31  (2008) Prof. Anne Glover awarded CBE

 

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