Heritage

Colegate's Guide to Dunoon

Colegate's Guide to Dunoon

Colegate's Guide to Dunoon (pub 1868). 

Laying the Foundation Stone

Laying the Foundation Stone

On Saturday afternoon the Foundation Stone of a New Town Hall for the Burgh of Dunoon was laid with Masonic honours and under the most favourable circumstances.

Our Story

Our Story

The History of Dunoon Burgh Hall.

Stained Glass

Stained Glass

A selection of images and video showing the stained glass around the Hall.

Grotesques and Exterior of Building

Grotesques and Exterior of Building

Look up at Dunoon Burgh Hall and you might catch the eye of our famous Gargoyles and Grotesques. The hall has 4 of these mythical stone creatures. They dwell around the door and on the external facade of the building.

Flower Shows, Secular Concerts and more

Flower Shows, Secular Concerts and more

1886 - A typical year at Dunoon Burgh Hall

The Caretaker's Flat

The Caretaker's Flat

The Caretakers flat The Caretakers flat was at the back and side of the building along Hanover Street. The building was powered by coal boilers which were sited in this space and it was reputedly the warmest place in the building. Huge thanks to the family of Nan and Archie McCallum who donated their photographs. Nan was the Burgh Hall Caretaker from 1951-1976 and Archie was a driver for the Council. Nan loved the little bit of garden on the side of the house and filled it with colour every summer and office staff often remarked how nice it was when they came through. She took a great deal of care and pride keeping the building clean and tidy. ‘I remember my Dad stoking the coal boiler every morning sometimes coming home at lunch time to fill it up. I used to use the boiler house to play in. It was a very cosy, warm little house. There were two bedrooms, bathroom and kitchen/ living room.A separate kitchen was promised but didn’t happen until about 1969/70.’ Jean Buckles, Daughter of Nan and Archie. The flat has now been converted into workshop spaces for all kinds of creative activities. Thanks to the family of Nan and Archie McCallum who donated these photographs.

William Fraser, Town Chamberlain

William Fraser, Town Chamberlain

William Fraser served as Town Chamberlain of Dunoon from 1931 to 1964.

Mackintosh v Moir

Mackintosh v Moir

Original plan showing contested land where Dunoon Burgh Hall was eventually built and where the phrase 'driving a coach and horses through' something originates.

The Centenary Players

The Centenary Players

By Irene Storie At one point there were many drama groups in Dunoon.  However, during the 1960’s interest declined.   In 1968 The Centenary Players were formed bringing together all the drama groups into one. The group was formed in Dunoon’s centenary year, 1968, hence the title.  Members included Harry Derrett, Jimmy Connolly, Paton Cumming, Alex Pollock, Ishbel Moodie and Irene Storie.  They generally performed two plays per year. 

School and Crossbones

School and Crossbones

Dunoon Grammar School performance from 1958

Robert Bryden, Architect of the Burgh Hall

Robert Bryden, Architect of the Burgh Hall

Robert Alexander Bryden, Architect of Dunoon Burgh Hall Born 7 July 1841 Died 14 April 1906

Dunoon Swimming Bath Fund

Dunoon Swimming Bath Fund

Dunoon Swimming Bath Fund 1956 - 1961

Burgh Surveyor

Burgh Surveyor

The Burgh Surveyor title later became The Burgh Engineer. In this role he was more of a general manager for running the town. The purpose of the Burgh Hall originally was to administrate and manage the operations of the town.

Robert Louis Stevenson in Dunoon

Robert Louis Stevenson in Dunoon

Essays of the Road by Robert Louis Stevenson In this essay Robert Louis Stevenson has his fortune read in Dunoon.

Dancing

Dancing

Dancing was a favourite past time in the Burgh Hall.

Original floor plans

Original floor plans

here are some floor plans of the Burgh Hall showing the caretakers flat, Burgh engineer's office and more.

Sunshine Recorder

Sunshine Recorder

Found in a locked cupboard during recent refurbishments.

Hotels and Boarding

Hotels and Boarding

Accommodation leaflet selling Dunoon's healthy outdoor location.

One Act Plays

One Act Plays

We found dozens of these One Act Plays under the stage during renovations 2014-17. Some had personal annotations.

Found objects during renovation

Found objects during renovation

Girl Guides, Brownies and Scouts

Girl Guides, Brownies and Scouts

Performances that took place in the Burgh hall over the years from the Girl Guides, Brownies and Scouts.

Holy Loch Heritage - The American Years

Holy Loch Heritage - The American Years

Holy Loch Heritage – the American Presence brings together to life the 30 year period when the American Naval Base was sited at the Holy Loch, Dunoon. How this came about and the stories that evolved.