Record

CodeNA4591
Dates1860-1958
Person NameNew Porthill Sabbath School; 1860-1958
ActivityNew Porthill Sunday School, which had been in existence for a few years, was reformed in 1860 following a period of sporadic and inadequate teaching. The school was set up ‘to provide for the moral and spiritual welfare of the youth of the working class during the most critical and dangerous period of their lives, namely, from the time they go to school till they attain manhood’. It moved to new premises in the Gallowgate, Aberdeen, in 1872. The new building provided accommodation for nearly a thousand children and young adults, including Senior and Junior Scholars, Infants, Young Men and Young Women. They met every Sunday evening, but also offered facilities and support for the youth of the area during the week: according to a bazaar brochure of around 1890 the school was ‘almost solely dependent on the finances of the scholars and teachers for its support’. It remained on the same premises until around 1958, when extensive demolition and rebuilding on the Gallowgate obliterated any traces of the school building.
Corporate NameNew Porthill Sabbath School
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