Last week we received a small and unexpected treat – a reprinted ordinance survey map of Crieff from 1899 (courtesy of the generous folks at Godfrey Maps).
We know what you’re thinking – “that sounds boring and/or useless” – but you’re wrong. Well, you’re half wrong.
Granted, if you tried navigating your way around Crieff with the map today you’d probably take a wrong turn or two and yes, you’d be a little confused by the missing train station but what it lacks in functionality it more than makes up for in terms of interest…
The map got us thinking about the rich history of the Crieff and Strathearn area that revolves around some of the building’s located on the map.
One such building is, of course, Strathearn House (or as we now affectionately refer to it – Crieff Hydro). Back in 1899 Strathearn House would’ve been just over 30 years old and known for its motto of ‘water is best’ – this meant no alcohol consumption and using water in a whole host of ways to cure all manner of Victorian ailments.
However, we already know all about our history and we’re proud of it. From our early days under the guidance of our founder Dr Thomas H Meikle right up to the present day, we love our part in the story of Crieff. But the map holds more treasures than just Strathearn House…
Located roughly a mile from Crieff Hydro sits Ferntower House, another building steeped in local history and home, at one stage or another, to some pretty big names.
As this fantastic blog post explains in detail, the Ferntower House had hosted Bonnie Prince Charlie and Queen Victoria, amongst others, before being unceremoniously blown up as part of an army exercise in 1963!
We like reading and knowing about Crieff’s history and heritage but more than that we love being able to share these stories with you, our guests!