History

A Gallery that appears in the History Section

Washing

Washing
The residents of the “Streeties” in Dock used to hang out their washing on these lines - some of which can still be seen. A housewife must have had to watch the tide as well as the weather for bringing in the laundry.

Filling Station

Filling Station - Situated where the road into Dock diverges from the High Street, this site was until recently still used, but cheaper prices at supermarkets have, as in many other places, caused it to stop trading. The original owner was a blacksmith engineer named Alex MacDonald The site has recently been cleared awaiting further development..

The Cellar

Just opposite the harbour is the building known as the cellar. This was used for storing coal brought in by boat. The premises have also been used as a ship’s chandlers, run by Hugh Alex Patience for Macrae, Duggie and Macpherson. The petrol pumps were owned by Colin MacArthur. The whole building has since been converted into flats

High Street

Looking west from the top of Alexander Street, this photograph features, on the left, the old Central Hotel. It later became the Harbour Inn and then the Bite n’ Blether - see separate photo . The thatched cottages opposite have since been demolished and the site is now a parking area

Bridge Street

Looking west from Lazy Corner, the buildings on the left are the old Post Office and the Station Hotel. The hotel was owned by Kenny Maclean and his sisters, and for many years it was always referred to as “Kenny’s”.

Henrietta Bridge

Henrietta Bridge - Taken from west of the bridge, the two “layers” of the village can be seen. Raised above the High Street is Braehead, whilst the less formal group of houses in Dock lie below. On the right of the bridge and on the opposite bank can be seen a wooden “privy”

Gala

Avoch Gala - A gala is held each summer in the village, but nowadays, with other amusements abounding, they are not quite the events they used to be when there would be many floats such as this. Recognisable here are Ella Reid, Donald Macintosh and “Grant the bobby”.

Central Hotel

Central Hotel - This building, little changed externally, was known as “Cruikies” after the owners, the Cruikshanks. It later became the Harbour Inn, then ceased functioning as a pub and was called the “Bite n’ Blether” It is presently used as a bed and breakfast establishment and from which the proprietor runs driving courses.

Burnt House

Connections with Canada - This house was once occupied by Sir Alexander MacKenzie, the renowned explorer who was the first man to traverse Canada and after whom the Mackenzie River is named. When le lived here, the house was called Avoch House but since a fire gutted it a good part of it has become known as the Burnt House. Mackenzie is buried in the local Parish Churchyard.
There is another house nearby called Avoch House which causes some confusion to Canadian visitors

Boats on shore

Henrietta Bridge - Many locals remember these boats being hauled up and under the bridge for shelter. One of the boats seen here is the “Honour Bright” which was owned by Alexander Mackintosh, and another is the “Alison Ann” - otherwise known as “The Tank”

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