John Pickin at Stranraer museum gave me this wonderful visualisation of a previous 'regeneration' attempt around the Castle in Stranraer from 1967
This is a similar view today of the space that I am commissioned to work with:
To the west of the square is an empty branch of WHSmiths:
This building occupies the site of the former 'Meikles Hotel' - this was run by my Gt Gt Grandfather James Meikle (d.1906). James Meikle also ran three mail coaches out of Stranraer.
Graffiti from the top of the castle
The monkey puzzle tree growing in the garden of
the house where my grandfather was born in 1896
Rusted railings in the garden
The house is boarded up, but I magaged to get my
camera through a hole into an outbuilding
- this is what it captured.
My favourite shop in Stranaer, so far, is this combined fishmonger and gents outfitters (fish through the left door)