Footdee | Aberdeen, Scotland
After walking around King’s College, we went to the esplanade (which I was able to see the day before that), and headed to this place called Footdee.
Footdee, known to most of the residents as Fittie, was developed, at the beginning of the 19th century, as a planned village with its characteristic north and south squares - Middle Row and Pilot’s Square being added later. When the original village was built around the open squares, the houses were uniform in width, height and depth with similar doors and windows; the only features which distinguished one house from another may have been the colour of the painted door or its individual number, the sheds or wash houses. The St. Clement Free Church School grew up with the village. [x]
On an 1828 map, the new housing squares were specifically labelled ‘Fish Town’. ‘Footdee’ referred to the larger area from St. Clement’s Church to ‘Fish Town’. Later, the name ‘Footdee’ was erroneously used to refer specifically to the housing squares, with ‘Fish Town’ becoming forgotten. [x]
We saw a guy fixing something, or I think he was doing some paint job, on his window. The area was so fancy. Each house had its own character and it would take time to ‘study’ and enjoy each.