The clock tower on the site of the orphanage in the village of Aberlour is all that remains of the original building. To make this a place local people can be proud of, and tell the story of Aberlour Orphanage, we created a memorial garden.
The clock tower, on the site of the old orphanage in the village of Aberlour, is all that remains of the original building. Canon Charles Jupp founded the Aberlour Orphanage in 1875 when he began his work caring for children who were destitute in Scotland. What started out as a small cottage grew into a large orphanage that housed 500 children. This last remaining part of the old building means a lot to many people who support Aberlour’s work with many children from all over Scotland.
To make this a place local people could be proud of, and to tell the story of Aberlour Orphanage, we created the Aberlour memorial garden. The generosity of one of our most-committed, long-term supporters saw the installation of information panels at the memorial garden. These panels give details of the history of the orphanage and provide a reminder for the many old boys and girls who make the pilgrimage back to the orphanage site.
Sydney Liddell was a consistent donor to Aberlour to commemorate the upbringing of his wife Ethel, who spent her childhood at the orphanage between 1928 and 1938. The memorial garden and clock tower will be maintained in the years to come because of Ethel and Sydney’s generous donations to Aberlour. There are two trees in the garden, symbolic of the joyful 50 years they spent together and of the happy times Ethel spent there as a child.
From the bright coloured heather to the Clematis climbing the trees in the pathway, everything looks wonderful. You can sit in the garden among all the plants and flowers and look down a tree lined avenue to the clock tower. Local children made plaques for the memorial stone and there are engravings of scenes from the old orphanage. There are images of the children who once played where the memorial garden now stands, and who stood under the clock tower on their way to school. There is a statue of a young girl in the garden, whom the locals have named Matilda. She is reading a fairy tale lying on a bed of heather, happy to be in such a peaceful place.