While words at times can be hard hitting as they stick with those on their receiving end, photographs sometimes tell a story more effectively – which is certainly the case for depicting Aberdeen’s changes over the last few decades. From the development of Queens Links and the continual changes on Union Street, the city is no stranger to innovation.
With no doubt more shifts to come in the future, we thought it fitting to capture how the city looks now, before any more streets become subject to change – as the pictures below depict.
Union Street is a street that’s probably seen the most changes with several of its shops going under or being reopened by new companies. The photo above was taken in the 1970s and shows the street bustling with both people and traffic for sale or letting while the snap below shows a slightly quieter scene.
In the background of this 1960s image of Jack’s Brae, a woman can be seen using a vending machine by a corner shop. The tyre company behind is now flats with the structure of the street remaining much the same.
Aberdeen Train Station
An area that has seen one of the biggest transformations in the city is the train station. The taxi rank once sat where the main entrance to the station is now, just to the right of the doors to the shopping complex. It’s not just inside of the station.
Five Roads Roundabout
Another one of Aberdeen’s high profile areas is Rosemount with its collection of independent shops and and restaurants. While unexpectedly the bushiness side of things have changed over the years, much of the original architecture stands strong.
Mid Stocket Road
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