Open All Hours: Grocers
The collection at Groam House Museum includes images and artefacts linked to the town’s High Street history. In 2013, the Fortrose & Rosemarkie History Group produced a booklet entitled A Century of Shopping. It gives a comprehensive picture of the shops in both villages and the characters who owned and ran them. We are popping into just a few of those shops on these pages, but you can visit the group’s website for more.
Robb’s Cash Grocery Store later D&G Fraser Grocers
Built as a detached house and shop in the 1890s, Dornkop, as it was known, became William Robb’s Cash Grocery Store in 1911, then D&G Fraser in the 1930s. Still, later it was Mrs Jones’ ‘Aladdin’s Cave’ of shoes, drapery and sundries, a Post Office that was notoriously robbed at gunpoint and today is Panacea, a treasure trove of herbal remedies.
Images: Robb’s Cash Grocery Store later D&G Fraser Grocers
Rosemarkie High Street, c1910
Rosemarkie High Street Through Time
Most of the shops listed in A Century of Shopping are long gone. The High Street, which was once bustling with retail is largely residential now – but there are still clues to its commercial past.
Look at this carousel of photographs. Take a walk down Rosemarkie High Street today. Can you spot any houses that have retained their large windows and shop front features?
Hugh Home, Grocer & Ironmonger, c1910
Four Candles: The General Store
Look closely at the images of Rosemarkie High Street through the years and the Doric columns of one property are always prominent. This was the first purpose-built shop in Rosemarkie. It opened as Steavenson’s General Merchants in the mid-1800s. Later it became Hugh Home’s High Class Grocer (pictured). Then, in 1913, Mary Ann McGillivray’s ‘Stores’. Its distinctive façade is still obvious today as the private residence Doric House.
At Steavenson’s, customers could buy rifles, furniture and watches, as well as lease salmon fishing from Mr Hogarth.
HOW MUCH DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ROSEMARKIE HIGH STREET?
A QUIZ INSPIRED BY GROAM HOUSE MUSEUMS SOCIAL HISTORY COLLECTION
An interview with Rosemarkie resident, Evelyn about her memories of shopping the High Street.