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Mr Kerr kept a range of fancy ducks and geese at the back of Kilnburn in Tayfield Estate land. He had golden pheasants and mandarin ducks. He used to get a new car every year when the registration number suffix changed.
Prior to Mr Froude, the guy that ran this was a Mr Dickson. He had a parafinn tank in the basement and would draw up a can for you!
I think this was run by the Grubbs in the 1960’s
Oh wow ~ I’m lost in memories here! Mr Easton (Easty) and his yellow beetle… It’s totally distinctive sounded allowed for those of using the playground out of school hours (not allowed) to scram when someone heard the car and yelled “EASTY!!!”
As a direct descendent of the Leng family, I am so grateful to see this incredible history maintained and preserved so that my children and grand children may one day learn about who they are. Thank you for the historical preservation and I look forward to visiting Newport one day soon to take a look at the Chapel which I have yet to do.
Happy to hear we are re-kindling fond memories. And thanks for telling us about the rosebowl – we didn’t know who had won it!
I was a pupil at Newport school in the late 60s early 70s. The pictures bring back many fond memories. I stumbled across the website while showing my children my birth town I’m also in the pictures at the tennis club, receiving the rose bowl.
I remember going into Scotscraig House with two friends from school, it would have been around 1970. The door was unlocked, but we shouldn’t have been in there. The ground floor was used as a grain store but there were warning notices about dry rot. Naturally, being teenagers, we ignored them. I remember a giant china egg on a stand on the first floor landing, first floor was far enough for me. Dot carried on up to the attic though, her Dad was the lighthouse keeper at Tayport, so maybe the height and the dark didn’t bother her so much. A shame they couldn’t save it though.
I used to ring the bells in the church. Can remember the first couple of lines to this day. Christine Munn (Downie) and myself used to climb a horrible old ladder. Think we stopped when we got to an age we were too scared to climb it!!!!!
Thanks Bob. Have you seen the other reports here? I’ve put the link above.
Very interested in George Cunningham’s contribution, his memory is better than mine – we played in the same team. I would be very interested to have a read of the match reports he still has and refers to.
Thanks Peter for these memories. I think everyone was sad to see Netherlea go.
I was born there in September 1950. My dad was stationed at RAF Leuchars at the time. As was normal with the RAF, my dad was subsequently posted and I, as a baby, moved to Looe in Cornwall with my mum to live with my grandparents. I have always been very proud to say that I was born in Newport-on-Tay and was delighted to be able to see my birthplace in the early 2000’s but sad to hear it is no more. Greetings to all fellow Newportians.
Great memory Charlie!
I remember going to Tommy Bain’s (from Rose Cottage Queen Street, Gowrie Brae) as a wee lad (preschool). My Mum had sent me for sugar and Mr Bain asked “What kind of sugar?” and I evidently shocked him by confirdently saying “Granulated”.
Thanks for all this information Graham. it’s excellent to know that the house is being restored so beautifully.
Cliff Terrace was the house that originally occupied this site, but burned down in the mid-1800’s. I can’t find a single photo or drawing of this building anywhere, except a basic outline on a very old OS map. The building that now exists was originally called The Cliffs, but now Chesterhill House. The actual cliffs, the house was named after are just round the back of the house near the duck ponds. Another interesting note, the extension was designed by Sir Robert Lorimer. He was a friend of the owner at the time. The house is now in safe hands and undergoing a full restoration, including the grounds.
Remember sledging that field as if it was yesterday. And happy memories of going to Grubb’s shop for a lucky bag 🙂
Winnie Noakes (nee Clark) right in the middle with the maroon jacket and glasses.
Thanks Andy. Good to know that work is in progress on it.
The house was bought in 2018, but sold again in January 2020. Sales information for the 2020 sale including internal photos of the house at the point of sale are here:
Thanks for commenting Ewan. However the date does refer to the photograph not to the house! You are correct about the date of the house – Abercraig was built probably 1824-25. However I also think you are correct about the date of the photograph which I have changed to 1870s.
The age of the house stated is wrong, and may refer to when the photograph was taken, although I suspect it was earlier than that. It was built sometime around 1825. It is quite likely that the ferry boat Abercraig was named after it.
I was born in Netherlea, March 1952. I later worked there in the NHS , from 2001 to 2004 as Voluntary Services Manager for NEFLHCC. It was one of the three hospitals under my wing, the others being St Andrews Memorial, and Adamson in Cupar. Happy days.
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