Lost Inverness: The Lost Architectural Heritage of Inverness

Norman S. Newton

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Synopsis: In 'Lost Inverness', Norman S. Newton scours historical and contemporary works to trace the lost architectural history of the capital of the Highlands, following the city's history from prehistory, through the Dark Ages, the Medieval period, the 17th, 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries, to the present day. The medieval town was gutted by our mid-Victorian ancestors, swept away remorselessly in a frenzy of redevelopment, without a trace of sentimentality, creating many fine public buildings in the process. Sadly, the post-war 'improvements' in the town centre, especially in the 1960s, have left an embarrassing legacy of architectural blight, but fortunately many interesting old photographs and drawings survive, allowing us to celebrate much of what has been lost. This book draws on the resources of Highland Archives, Highland Libraries, Am Baile and Highland Museums to create a memorable record of a missing urban landscape, from the speculative sites of Pictish forts and Macbeth's castle, to Queen Mary's house and the old suspension bridge below Inverness Castle, itself blown up by the Jacobites in 1746 and replaced by the 1830s prison and courthouse.This book will appeal to the vibrant Inverness local history community and to exiles everywhere, as it revives memories of shops, offices and public buildings now replaced by a homogenised streetscape.

About the Author: Norman Newton Was Born In Glasgow, And Began His Career As A Librarian In Glasgow University Library. He Then Worked In Public Libraries Incampbeltown And Inverness, Becoming Reference Librarian At Inverness Library From 1992 To 1998. He Was Then In Charge Of Reference Andinformation Services For The Whole Highland Libraries Network Until His Retirement In 2009. He Is The Author Of Several Books On Scottish Islandsand On The Local History Of Inverness, And A Fellow Of The Society Of Antiquaries Of Scotland.

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