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TIME is running out for Argyll and Bute Council’s imposing planning offices at Blairvadach, Shandon, overlooking the Gareloch.

Sometime in 2015 its staff will transfer to the bright and spacious new local council HQ being built on East Clyde Street, Helensburgh, overlooking the Clyde, as part of a community complex embracing the old Clyde Street School.

Hillside-Home-wTHE small village of Clynder once boasted four houses serving as holiday homes.

One was Hillside Holiday Home, while three others comprised The Grove Holiday Homes.

Lady-Helen-Colquhoun-wHELENSBURGH has a fascinating history . . . and part of it is the fact that it can be traced from its beginning in 1776 through the aspirations of one family, the Colquhouns of Luss.

A pleasant line of research is to walk around the town noting the street names while being aware of names that had been proposed by succeeding lairds and their architects, and pondering why some had not been accepted.

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THE picturesque if decrepit Tamnavoulin Cottage in Glen Fruin was sold in 2015 by owners Luss Estates.

The Glasgow office of estate agents Savills invited offers over £140,000, as planning permission had been obtained for a more modern dwelling, but the property sold for £97,123 to a private buyer.

TWO streets in the Greenfield Housing Estate in the village of Garelochhead bear the names of village women — Mary Browne Walk and Francis Hendry Walk.

Mary Browne and Francis Hendry are remembered as great friends and benefactors of the village. When people ask about the names, there is quite a story to tell.

AN EXPLANATION has been found for why areas at Camis Eskan, Helensburgh, are named Sawmill Field and Railway Glen.

The questions arose after Heritage Trust member Pat Wiseman read in May 2014 about land for future housing including Sawmill Field at Cardross Road, below Mill House, in an Argyll and Bute Council Local Development Notice.

Station-cup-and-ring-wCUP and ring marks — a form of prehistoric art — have been found on rocks at Luss and many other places in the West of Scotland.

But the last place Helensburgh website designer Jim Chestnut expected to find an example was near Helensburgh Upper Station.

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