Spot­light on Mur­ray­gate

The Courier & Advertiser (Fife Edition) - - FROM THE ARCHIVE - with Caro­line Lind­say

Dundee city cen­tre is still di­vided into the six me­dieval thor­ough­fares: the Sea­gait, Mur­ray­gait, Nether­gait, Over­gait, Well­gait and the Cow­gait. “Gait”, the Scots word for street, has, of course, now be­come “gate”.

The Mur­ray­gate runs from the Well­gate Cen­tre to the High Street and has al­ways been a pop­u­lar shop­ping area, al­though to­day it is largely pedes­tri­anised.

Our first im­age dates from May 1956 and shows a thriv­ing Mur­ray­gate. Imag­ine hav­ing to con­tend with those crowds nowa­days! And isn’t it strange see­ing cars and buses on the road? DM Brown on the left even­tu­ally be­came Arnotts.

In the se­cond im­age, taken in Au­gust 1956, Bar­ratts and Graftons can clearly be seen on the left, while Marks & Spencer is on the right. In the dis­tance is the old Well­gate.

The third im­age, from Oc­to­ber 1959, shows Graftons and Wool­worths, again look­ing to­wards the old Well­gate.

Any mem­o­ries of these shops? We’d love to hear at [email protected]­

A bustling Mur­ray­gate in 1956 – per­haps the May sun­shine brought every­one out.

Walk­ing up the tram­lines in 1956.

A lit­tle girl with a gi­ant bal­loon in 1959 and a fret­ful tod­dler in the back­ground on the right – some things never change!

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