NJ9308 : Wallace tower

taken 11 years ago, near to Old Aberdeen, Aberdeen, Great Britain

Wallace tower
Wallace tower
In the Wallace Tower, Aberdeen has it’s very own castle, a fact unknown by most Aberdonians I suspect. Even less known is the fact that it didn’t always stand where it is now, beside the River Don in the less than totally salubrious surroundings of Tillydrone (my apologies to any offended Tillydronians!).

It used to stand in the Nether Kirkgate, and was moved in 1964 to make way for the building of Marks & Spencer – at their expense! This photo shows it after it was moved, tomorrow's will show it before.

It is more correctly called Benholm’s Tower, the reference to Wallace possibly being based on the figure of an unidentified knight in an exterior recess of one of the round towers, but more probably being a corruption of “well-house”, a reference to the well that formerly stood at the head of Carnegie’s Brae nearby.

This small Z-plan castle was built as a townhouse by Sir Robert Keith of Benholm around 1600, and stood at that time in virtually open countryside, some 20 yards outside the medieval burgh boundary. Over the centuries, it passed through the hands of a succession of owners before becoming the property of the City of Aberdeen in 1918. The building looks better from a distance these days, because the original dressed stone around the doors and lintels were replaced with what looks like concrete when the building was moved.
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Date Taken
Monday, 3 July, 2006   (more nearby)
Submitted
Saturday, 10 March, 2007
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Castle > Castle   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 935 089 [100m precision]
WGS84: 57:10.2537N 2:6.4980W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NJ 935 089
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Southeast (about 135 degrees)
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