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Eighty years of tolls

LIKE many other places, Helensburgh and district went through an era when it was surrounded by toll houses, and there was a price to pay for travel.

It was because of complaints about the state of the road between Helensburgh and that a check bar was established at Ardencaple in 1838, and further complaints after storm damage in 1852 led to it being upgraded to a toll bar in a bid to generate income for repairs.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 February 2015 17:02 )

 

Mansion doubled in size

A SHIPOWNER who lived in an upper Helensburgh mansion doubled it in size — and it later became two separate houses. 

Glenys Hierzer, who lives in Campbeltown, New South Wales, Australia, great grand-daughter of James Aitken and his wife Emily, who lived at Burton Hill, has been researching her family tree and is looking for more information.

Last Updated ( Sunday, 18 September 2011 11:42 )

Rhu mansion became holiday home

ARDENCONNEL House in Rhu these days consists of high quality flats . . . but in days gone by it was a holiday hotspot.

The B-listed mansion was built by the Buchanan family in the late 18th century, and its uses have included family home, holiday home, and Sergeants Mess.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 August 2011 17:00 )

Wood is historic beauty spot

A POPULAR spot in Helensburgh for walkers is the Duchess Wood Local Nature Reserve.  

The Duchess Wood, which used to be known as the Bluebell Wood for obvious reasons, has been loved and used by many generations of local people.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 14 May 2011 18:22 )

Historic seafront mansion boarded up

ONE of the sadder sights on Helensburgh seafront is the magnificent mansion Cairndhu boarded up and starting to deterioriate.

Hopefully a new use will be found for this former home, wartime degaussing base, hotel and then care home, as it a gem well worth preserving.

Last Updated ( Monday, 07 March 2011 18:57 )

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First 2019 Open Meeting

LocalHistory-wAt the first Open Meeting of 2019 at Helensburgh Civic Centre on Wednesday January 30 at 7.30pm Trust directors will tell the stories relating to several local images from bygone years.

Winter Talks

Wednesday September 26 — Bruce Jamieson: Developing the Mackintosh Club

Wednesday October 31 — AGM; then David Clark: How Helensburgh ended the Great War

Wednesday November 28 — Eric Thompson: Helensburgh and the Peace Movement

Wednesday January 30 — Trust members: brief talks on images of the past

Wednesday February 27 — Robert Ryan: Loch Lomond islands by canoe

Wednesday March 27 — Jon Reid: The Royal Northern Story


 Meetings in Helensburgh Civic Centre at 7.30pm.

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