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Helensburgh-pier

A MASTERPLAN was proposed in 2012 for future development of the area around Helensburgh pier. It is an area which features heavily in the history of the burgh.

Around the time that Helensburgh came into being, there seem to have been several landing places in the vicinity, if not actually proper piers.

Walter_BlackieHELENSBURGH is full of attractive mansions designed by leading Scottish architects — but the one which attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world is Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s iconic The Hill House.

Today the large grey building at the top of Upper Colquhoun Street — described as “universally regarded as Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation” — is the property of and run by the National Trust for Scotland and is open to the public daily from April 1 to October 31.

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A STREET in south Colgrain, Helensburgh, and a bridge in the village of Cardross have something very important in common. 

They are both dedicated to a young servant girl called Jean, and all because in the 17th century she stole a small piece of meat from her master’s home.

Toll_CottageLIKE many other places, Helensburgh and district went through an era when it was surrounded by toll houses, and there was a price to pay for travel.

It was because of complaints about the state of the road between Helensburgh and that a check bar was established at Ardencaple in 1838, and further complaints after storm damage in 1852 led to it being upgraded to a toll bar in a bid to generate income for repairs.

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WHISTLEFIELD Station was at one time the hub of what is an historic village, and it even had a royal visit.

Local historian Alistair McIntyre has a particular interest in the village, as in his childhood he lived nearby in Glen Douglas in a similar railway cottage to the one beside the station from 1951-6.

Railway-brochure-wHELENSBURGH seafront was at the peak of its popularity in the 1920s and 30s.

The sun brought out the day trippers, and the beach and esplanade were full of people enjoying themselves, as this old London and North Eastern Railway brochure cover clearly shows.

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A SHIPOWNER who lived in an upper Helensburgh mansion doubled it in size — and it later became two separate houses. 

Glenys Hierzer, who lives in Campbeltown, New South Wales, Australia, great grand-daughter of James Aitken and his wife Emily, who lived at Burton Hill, has been researching her family tree and is looking for more information.

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