Lost Inverness

By Norman S. Newton

Format: Multiple Formats

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.

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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.

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Format Multiple Formats
Imprint Birlinn Limited
Publication Date 5 Nov 2013
SKU 9781841588742-grouped
Number of Pages 256

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