Wallace and Fraser Fire

Wallace and Fraser Fire

Year: 1957 | Included in Albums: Businesses

Photo Description

The burning, smoking premises of Wallace and Fraser's (Ironmongers) High Street premises which were engulfed in flames in 1957 can be seen in the centre of the picture with AF Gardiner (Chemist) to the left and the Royal Hotel to the right. (See Picture #241)

Cat No. 183.12
Year 1957
Albums Businesses
Date added February 10th, 2004
Added by Tain & District Museum
7 Visitor Comments
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    Wilmer Fawcett

    Does anyone know who was the FRASER partner? My information leads me to think that John Fraser, born Nigg 1821, was involved or employed here as an ironmonger, and died in 1902 buried in Old Nigg Churchyard.

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    Sheila Strachan

    I remember this night well, I lived at the top of Hartfield Street and could see the fire from my bedroom window, Wallace and Frasers was quite a bit away but the fire just lit up the sky that night.

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    Vi Symons nee Gardiner

    I too can remember this night even although I was only 10 years of age. My Dad, Andrew Gardiner was alerted by the police that his chemist's shop was in danger from the all encompassing fire in the adjacent Wallace and Fraser's. The gable wall looked to be in a state of collapse and the heat from the fire had made it necessary for the Fire Brigade to keep 23 High Street dampened down in case a spark or falling timbers gave seat to a new fire. We watched the flames and red glow in the sky from the safety of The Poplars on Upper King Steet. My uncle, Lawrence Benson, was an employee of Wallace and Fraser's.

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    Vivianne Reid, née Mackenzie

    I was seven years old when I was taken by my mother to Wallace and Fraser's to choose a kitten from the shop cat's litter. I chose a little, black cat and called her Sooty but, as this was just a few days before the fire, perhaps Lucky would have been more appropriate. I can still recall the very distinctive aroma in the shop.

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    Cecily Vass (Ross)cecily

    I was working for gray and butler-c.a.-in the offices above Wallace &frasers-got a big shock that morning!we moved into the town buildings.

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    Jacqueline Ross

    My father, originally from Tain, remembers the night well. He lives in Brora and they could see the flames across the firth.

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    Mike Smith

    My Uncle John George Gallie's father was a partner in Wallace & Fraser who also owned the estate of Edderton and one in Sutherland, near Lairg. No further information i'm afraid

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