Bieldside

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Bieldside is a suburb to the west of Aberdeen, Scotland, together with its neighbouring village of Cults is the wealthiest area in Scotland. It has one pub/restaurant The Bieldside,[1] a foodstore, a hairdresser, a children's shoe shop and a charity shop. The Old Deeside railway line (now the Deeside Way) passes through Bieldside and Queen Victoria would often stop at Bieldside on her regular journeys between her summer retreat at Balmoral and the city centre.

Bieldside is attributed as being one of the wealthiest area in Scotland, and habits the most millionaires per postcode outside London.[2] Its residents include former UK Open winner Paul Lawrie and Stewart Milne . The area was also where Alex Ferguson lived whilst being the Aberdeen Football Club manager.

Notable residents[edit]

Ruth Roche, Baroness Fermoy was born in Bieldside. The Baroness was Lady Diana, Princess of Wales's maternal grandmother. Bieldside has some of the wealthiest people in the United Kingdom in its residence. Notably prominent oil billionaire, Sir Ian Wood, Stewart Milne, a construction group owner, worth £400 million and oil company owners Ian Suttie, Bob Keiller, Duncan Skinner who all occupy high places in the Sunday Times Rich List, worth over £50 million. The postcode that Bieldside occupies has the most millionaires outside of London,[3] 222 at last count.[4]

Prehistory[edit]

Bieldside has been a settlement for at least 4000 years. The Bieldside Cairn [5](OS Grid reference. NJ 883 028) is a large burial cairn thought to be around 4000 years old. A housing development in the 1970s was built around the cairn which detracts from its atmosphere.

Education[edit]

Bieldside houses many English and Americans in the oil profession. The majority of Bieldside children go to Cults Primary School, then onto Cults Academy or nearby International School of Aberdeen or Private Schools in the city centre. Cults Academy pupils achieve extremely high Standard Grade and Higher exam results and in 2008 received The Sunday Times Scottish State Secondary School of the Year Award[6] and in recent history has never dropped out of the top three schools in Scotland.

Golf[edit]

There is a prestigious golf club within Bieldside, Deeside Golf Club, which can boast Royal members such as Prince Andrew. There are also numerous open green areas and a private lake in the area.

Disability Centres[edit]

There are two Camphill Communities at Bieldside, Newton Dee Village and a set of Camphill schools known as Murtle Estate for 3 to 19 year olds, providing Curative Education for those with learning disabilities, including deprivation and autism. Another Camphill school (Camphill Estate) is in nearby Milltimber.

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Bieldside Referenced November 8th 2011
  2. ^ Julie Mccaffrey (2008-07-22). "Aberdeen: The city the credit crunch forgot". Mirror.co.uk News. 
  3. ^ Julie Mccaffrey (2008-07-22). "Aberdeen: The city the credit crunch forgot". Mirror.co.uk News. 
  4. ^ Alan Clark. "Why Aberdeen?". CaseCheck. 
  5. ^ The Bieldside Cairn. Reviewed November 8th 2011
  6. ^ Stuart MacDonald (9 November 2008). "'PC' council backs down on school award". London: The Sunday Times. 

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Coordinates: 57°06′45″N 2°11′53″W / 57.11240°N 2.19811°W / 57.11240; -2.19811