Woodside, Aberdeen

Woodside is part of the city of Aberdeen. It came into existence as a quoad sacra parish within the parish of Old Machar in 1834, under an act of The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland of 31 May 1834 (IX. Sess. 10, 31 May 1834. – Declaration Enactment as to Chapels of Ease),[1] and was named for the principal residence of the area, Woodside House.

Woodside is located in Aberdeen
Location within the City of Aberdeen
OS grid referenceNJ925088
Council area
Lieutenancy area
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Postcode districtAB24
Dialling code01224
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57°10′15″N 2°07′31″W / 57.170754°N 2.1252°W / 57.170754; -2.1252Coordinates: 57°10′15″N 2°07′31″W / 57.170754°N 2.1252°W / 57.170754; -2.1252

Within this parish which was bounded to the north by the River Don there were three villages, Woodside, Tanfield and Cotton (also known as Nether Cottown).[2] Its population in 1841 was 4,893 living in 440 houses. By 1868 it had become a police burgh[3] and the community was being described as a village in its own right (distinct from the quoad sacra parish of which it was the largest part), and a suburb of Aberdeen. It was part of the Aberdeen Burgh Parliamentary constituency.[4]

By 1881, it had developed into a community of 5,452 (the population of quoad sacra parish population growing to 5,928). It had its own separate post office, a railway station, paper works, a free library, a public school, and a number of churches of various denominations.[5] Ten years later, in 1891 it, (along with Old Aberdeen and Torry) was formally incorporated into the city of Aberdeen.[6]

Woodside Primary SchoolEdit

Woodside Primary School is a nursery and primary school run by Aberdeen City Council that takes children from the ages of 3 to 11. It currently has around 360 primary (P1-7) pupils and 80 nursery pupils [1]. It was originally built as replacement for a much smaller school which had been built in 1834. It consists of a main granite building, originally built in 1890 and expanded in 1902, and a separate smaller building and garden for the nursery aged pupils. It is located in Woodside at the corner of Clifton Road with Smithfield Road, opposite the Aberdeen March Stones numbered 51 and 52. The current head teacher is Mrs. Alison Cook.

Woodside LibraryEdit

Designed by the architect Arthur Clyne, the library was built in 1882.[7]

It used to be called Anderson library after Sir John Anderson, who was born and raised in Woodside. It is a large granite building styled like a church.

Stewart ParkEdit

Stewart Park lies between Smithfield Road and Hilton Road. It is a large park with tennis courts, a play area, golf putting, playing fields, whale bones and a fountain.

March StonesEdit

There are 67 "March Stones" around Aberdeen. King Robert I ("Robert the Bruce") gave the people of Aberdeen the land around the city in thanks for helping him in 1313. This land was known as the Freedom Lands of Aberdeen, and the March Stones mark the boundary.

The March Stones start with Alpha and end with Omega. The route around them is approximately 26 miles long. Woodside March Stones are numbered 50, 51 and 52. Station House Media Unit is the 'guardian' of March Stone 50, and Woodside Primary School is the 'guardian' of stones 51 and 52.

The ChurchEdit

There used to be three churches in Woodside, the North and South Churches and the Congregational Church which was on Great Northern Road. The North Church is now a block of flats. Choirs, drama groups, dances, musical nights and concerts were held there.[8]

There is also an Open Brethren assembly on Don Street, just behind the Tesco Express on the Great Northern Road, called the Fountain Hall. They meet for the breaking of Bread at 10:30am on Sunday mornings and a Gospel meeting, intended for people who wouldn't normally attend church, at 4:30pm on Sunday evenings.

Woodside Railway StationEdit

In 1858, A station was opened in Woodside on the drained bed of the old Woodside Canal, six miles from Aberdeen Joint Station. It was built to encourage people to move from Aberdeen city centre, enabling them to travel to work. The suburban service ended in 1937 with the closure of all its stations, though the now derelict platform can still be seen by trains passing by on the line, which remains open.[9]


In Woodside Parish Church today are youth clubs, the Boy's Brigade, Girl Guides and indoor bowling.[10]


  1. ^ "The principal acts of the general assembly, convened at Edinburgh, May 22, 1834". British History Online. Institute of Historical Research, University of London. Retrieved 12 April 2016.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel (1846). 1846 - Topographical dictionary of Scotland,Volume II: From Keanlochbervie to Zetland. London: S Lewis & Co. pp. 616–7.
  3. ^ Fraser, W. Hamish; Lee, Clive Howard (2000). Aberdeen, 1800 to 2000. East Linton: Tuckwell Press Ltd. p. 486. ISBN 1 86232 175 2.
  4. ^ Wilson, John Marius (1868). 1868 - Imperial gazetteer of Scotland, or, Dictionary of Scottish topography, Volume 2. Leith Walk: Fullarton and MacNab. p. 867.
  5. ^ Groome, Francis H. (1885). 1884-1885 - Ordnance gazetteer of Scotland, Volume 6. London, Glasgow: Thomas C Jack. p. 499.
  6. ^ Fraser, W. Hamish; Lee, Clive Howard (2000). Aberdeen, 1800 to 2000. East LInton: Tuckwell Press Ltd. p. 252. ISBN 1 86232 175 2.
  7. ^ Aberdeen City Council: libraries
  8. ^ Sutherland, Pat. Centenary Celebration Woodside Aberdeen 1891–1991, pg. 9
  9. ^ "Aberdeen, Woodside, Station Road, Station". Canmore, Historic Record of the Historic Environment. Historic Environment Scotland. 16 September 1999. Retrieved 28 February 2018.
  10. ^ Woodside Church

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