Aberdeen – Some Little Known Facts

Continuing with the series of sketches from the book  by Jessie M. King, c.1910.

To accompany them I have come across some interesting, little known facts, gleaned from a very comprehensive site at http://www.aberdeencityandshire.com

Rowies, made out of bread dough and fat, are an Aberdonian specialty. Now a favourite for breakfast, the rowie was originally made for sailors as an alternative to their usual biscuits.

There are over 30 places named Aberdeen throughout the world.

Aberdeen was the first town outside Edinburgh to have its own bank – Aberdeen Banking Company founded in 1749.

640,000 cubic feet of Aberdeen granite went into the construction of the Forth Road Bridge.

Aberdeen Harbour Board, established in 1136, is Britain’s oldest business.

The Aberdeen Journal, one of the Press and Journal’s ancestors, is one of the oldest newspapers in Britain, first printed in 1748.

In the late 19th century Aberdeen was the British centre for envelope production and later the first self-seal envelope was developed in the city.

More medieval coin hoards have been found in Aberdeen than anywhere else in Britain.

Torry Point Battery, recently scheduled as an Ancient Monument by Scottish Ministers, was used as emergency housing for the people of Aberdeen after WWII.

I shall be uploading the final images from this amazing little book soon, along with another batch of interesting facts, that will close off this series of articles on Aberdeen.

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