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    Default the old caithness photo.

    Dunno where to ask this , but in the old Caithness photo, is the woman in the front row Bessie Leith ???
    Looks like it s something to do with the harbour or the Merchant Navy. ?.

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    I'd say that's before her time, or at least before her middle age. She must have been born around the turn of the 20th century.

    The photo:

    Last edited by sids; 28-Sep-13 at 18:36.

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    Default photo taken outside

    photo has been taken outside - look just behind where the feet of the chairs are it is an outside step and that is certainly NOT Bessie Leith, long before her time.
    The pillars and doors are a very notable feature but cannot think where they may be, looks like a church entrance of maybe doors of Thurso East or some such building of substantial note. The pillars look like red sandstone and have at least 4 steps to doors.
    Come on someone must recognise the columns and doors, then we can get down to the people (which I think are just after WW1 maybe early 20s due to lady's clothes and adornments).
    Last edited by pat; 28-Sep-13 at 16:46. Reason: addition

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    Is that not a lifeboat crew at the back as they have RNLI on their ganseys.
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    Agree with you South View 7 they have RNLI on their ganseys - where do they have pillars and steps like these as an entrance, the doors are remarkable too but may have changed and ironwork removed.

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    I think it is St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall which I have been passed many times in years gone by. Check it out at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/1/1c/Kirkwall_Kathedrale_Portal.jpg
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    he decoration on the doors and pillars look right.
    Last edited by Bill Fernie; 28-Sep-13 at 20:27.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pat View Post
    The pillars look like red sandstone and have at least 4 steps to doors.
    I think Bill's right, and it is indeed St Magnus in Kirkwall.

    How on earth did you work out that the pillars were red sandstone from a black and white photo? I'm impressed....

    Great thread jacko!

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    It was the doors pattern and the pillars rather than the sandstone colour that I recalled as I took photos of the doorway. I think Pat maybe deduced that sandstone is used in a few church entrances.
    Last edited by Bill Fernie; 28-Sep-13 at 22:30.

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    Default red sandstone

    the pillars do not look like granite or pale sandstone and they were of such a dark colour conformity and the sharpness of the carving of the pillars all pointed to red sandstone - I was thinking more of Buckie, Lossiemouth, Macduff areas than going north!

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