All posts in "Heritage"

Stonehaven and the Bluebirds

By bellmannews / January 10, 2021

A History of Stonehaven’s buses by Callum Fraser – For many years I have had a strong interest in buses, dating back to when I first took notice as a young child of the predominant Alexanders blue bus fleet and the contrasting olive green buses of Aberdeen Corporation. Alexanders buses had the almost romantic appeal […]


From Fish Processing to Postie then On the Buses

By bellmannews / December 12, 2020

Callum Fraser concludes his memories of his early work experience – I had the summer to fill before I went to University in 1965. Luckily I managed to join up with a team of three other lads for a full time job in a fish processing plant in Torry, by the River Dee in Aberdeen. […]


Early Work Experiences in Stonehaven

By bellmannews / December 5, 2020

By Callum Fraser – pictured on the left wearing a tie After reading a recent newspaper article where a blue-chip company chief executive was complaining that pupils were now leaving school unprepared for the world of work, I cast my mind back to my very early experiences of work beginning more than fifty years ago […]


The Woman on Stonehaven Black Hill War Memorial

By Jane Cruickshank / November 7, 2020

In 2014, Aberdeenshire’s Heritage Education Partnership, supported by Aberdeenshire Council, completed the ‘Hard Vrocht Grun’ project – the creation of an education resource for schools, colleges and researchers exploring the effect of World War 1 on the North-east of Scotland. “Hard Vrocht Grun” is a Doric phrase meaning “hard fought ground” or “hard worked ground” […]


Alistair’s Virtual Walk Around Stonehaven

By bellmannews / October 14, 2020

Enjoy the beautiful views across the bay and around Stonehaven harbour from the comfort of your favourite chair, as Doric spikker Alistair Lawrie – a member of Stonehaven and District Community Council – takes you on a virtual walk around bonnie Stonehaven.


Graveyard Discovery

By Jane Cruickshank / May 17, 2020

A MAN whose contribution to Scott’s 1901 expedition to Antarctica is commemorated by a mountain named after him, lies buried in Stonehaven – I’d never heard of him, have you? A passing glance at a modest gravestone in the Cowie kirkyard revealed that Helen Jane Welsh, whose name heads the gravestone, rests with her husband […]


Harbour Improvements, Harbour History

By Jane Cruickshank / April 22, 2020

THE works needed to upgrade the steel sheet piles at Stonehaven harbour have been granted listed building consent. The piles encasing the end sections of the Net Pier, Fish Jetty and South Pier were put in place approximately 60 to 70 years ago, to protect the stonework of the jetties. If you are interested in […]


Why Stonehaven is Called Kilwhang

By bellmannews / February 29, 2020

Dear Bellman Recent references to Kilwhang on Facebook got me wondering again why Stonehaven got a name that I long suspected was made up. While searching the British Newspaper Archive on line for a totally different subject, I was delighted to come across many references to Kilwhang.  The attachment is a short summary of my […]


Memorial Model

By Martin Sim / January 20, 2020

The Tolbooth Museum in Stonehaven has another reason to visit it. For those who find the walk up to the War Memorial on the Black Hill too difficult there is now a model they can view in the Museum. On Friday 17th January the museum was presented with the model by its creator Colin Stewart […]

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