City Churches, Dundee

City Churches, Dundee - Ref: WC1380

Dundee already had a church, St Clement's, when David, Earl of Huntingdon, built the Church of St Mary in gratitude for surviving a fierce storm on his return from the Crusades in the 12th century. There has been a church on this site since that time. St Clement's has long gone, now the site of the City Square.

The City Churches and the late 15th century tower of St Mary's, more popularly known as the Old Steeple, have endured a long and interesting history. The churches have been destroyed and rebuilt more than once. The present City Churches date from the 1840s, having been rebuilt following a devastating fire in 1841. The Old Steeple fortunately survived.

Alexander Wilson who took this photograph, was a supervisor in a Dundee jute mill for over 20 years. He bequeathed much of his collection and £50, to cover the costs involved, to the Free Library Committee of Dundee in 1923.

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