Old maps, photographs, postcards
We have been collecting old photographs of the garden since we moved here in 1993. Those shown below have come from many sources: old maps, postcards and photographs loaned by friends for us to copy, items contributed to the Cromarty Image Library. I've tried to give credit where the source is known, but some links have been lost or forgotten. If anyone has images or memories of the old garden, we would be very interested in your contributions! (Click on photo for a larger version.)
The area in light blue covers the present Old Manse garden, approximately 20 percent of the total area enclosed by George Ross' 18th century wall. (Clem Watson in Cromarty Image Library)
The very formal Victorian garden from the days of Alexander More, head gardener. (Garve Scott-Lodge in Cromarty Image Library)
1908 garden with Navy ships
Looking east and showing the walled nursery area within the much larger garden - and Navy ships leaving the Firth. (Garve Scott-Lodge in Cromarty Image Library)
1915 garden with glass house
Older Cromarty residents remember the days when exotic fruits and flowers from around the world were grown in the large glass house. (Bright Gordon in Cromarty Image Library).
1942 house with shed
In this WWII photograph there is a large lean-to shed built against what is now the kitchen wall.
Falling into ruin by 1972
The house was uninhabited after the 1950s and began to deteriorate. This photograph from 1972 shows how quickly the house and garden became derelict.
Another view from 1972
The new garage and herb garden are located on the site of this old road from the Causeway into the interior of the walled garden.
This old photograph was held on the Historic Scotland database until new photos were taken in May 2007.
1920s or 30s?
This photo shows the original south garden wall and a dirt track skirting the bottom of the hill. (Photo from Alla Macdonald)