City of Ruins

I have mined my archive of Dundee 1970s photographs to exhaustion so this is positively the last post on the subject.  A few people expressed an interest on what might be left of the Mean Streets and these photographs suggest not very much.  The sad part is that the new build in the background looks much less attractive than the tenements they replaced – I guess it is quite possible they have also disappeared some forty years later:

Demolition in Dundee

Demolition in DundeeDemolition in Dundee

Finally, an example of competitive chimney construction – there is always someone who goes too far:

Dundee Chimneys(please click on images to enlarge)


  1. Brian Hughes · July 18, 2013

    Not only an excellent historic record, but a never-to-be-repeated artistic opportunity.

    • northumbrianlight · July 18, 2013

      Many thanks Brian – the most ordinary photos gain much with the passing of time.

  2. Meanderer · July 18, 2013

    Wonderful set of images; I echo what Brian says.

    Yes – one wonders what might have happened to the tower block; would be interesting to find out. I love the chimney image; as a child in the late sixties and early seventies, I remember finding chimneys and rooftops utterly fascinating (yes, I know: strange). I wonder whether Fred Dibnah had the one with the big chimney ………

    I wanted to see all the photos you had posted relating to the 70s and clicked the tab under today’s post hoping to find more but this was the only one. Would it be possible to create a universal tag for your 70s posts so that people like me – interested in that era – could find them easily? They are very valuable as historical records, as previously mentioned.

    • Meanderer · July 18, 2013

      Where I typed ‘tab’, I meant ‘tag’. (Must remember to proof read).

      • northumbrianlight · July 18, 2013

        Thanks for the encouragement – I will create a 1970s category bearing in mind how slow I can be to do such things 🙂

  3. elisaruland · July 18, 2013

    Very dramatic shots, and an important piece of Dundee history.

  4. meticulousmick · July 18, 2013

    Thanks for sharing your Dundee series. Really enjoyed them, here like your first photograph. MM

    • northumbrianlight · July 18, 2013

      Thanks Mick, glad you like the series. I will have to think of something else now 🙂

      • meticulousmick · July 18, 2013

        I know the problem, still I have a gallery to put together of the horse fair. MM 😃

  5. mark · July 18, 2013

    You have a great gift for bringing out the beauty in what others may see as ugly, I’ve always had a fascination with industrial beauty and the stark beauty of wasteland, these are excellent.

    • northumbrianlight · July 18, 2013

      Many thanks Mark – if you enjoy such things , I recommend reading the Paul Farley & Michael Symmons Roberts book – Edgelands, Journeys into England’s True Wilderness – a Vintage paperback.

  6. LaVagabonde · July 18, 2013

    Thanks for mining your archives for us. I didn’t know anything about Dundee before your photos, and now I’ve got quite the lasting impression of it.

    • northumbrianlight · July 18, 2013

      Oh don’t say that 🙂 – The Dundee Tourist Board will take me to court – I am sure it is much improved – actually most of it was much better even in 1977 than the photos portray. Many thanks for your generous comments.

  7. Jennifer · July 19, 2013

    These are great!

  8. Jo · July 25, 2013

    Superb images 🙂

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