Daily Archives: July 21, 2014

St John’s Kirk ~ a potted history

St John’s Kirk (Kirk of the Holy Cross of St John the Baptist) – St. John Street – Upon this site a church has stood since the 12th Century. Perth’s other(older) name St John’s toun is derived from this church of St John. The local football team still retains this […]

Perth Libraries ~ a potted history

First library in the county at Innerpeffray (1664). Perth library service begins 1784. In the 19th Century most individual parishes had their own private book collections. Institutes such as the Mechanics Institute owned their own libraries. Public Libraries Act of 1853 important turning-point. Archibald Sandeman bequest of the 1890s leads […]

The Mercat Cross

In 1651 troops under the command of Oliver Cromwell removed a Mercat Cross from the High Street in Perth using the stone to build his citadel (Oliver’s Mount) on the South Inch. The cross is said to have been a large structure. In 1669 a new Mercat cross of elaborate […]

Perth Bridge ~ Smeaton’s Bridge

This nine-arched 270 metre bridge was designed by John Smeaton in 1772. A key communication link to the town, Perth Bridge was widened in 1869. Of note are the flood level inscriptions under the bridge on the North Inch side. The 1993 floods were only surpassed by that of 1818 […]