this postcard and the next two
from Facebook (page Scottish Beach Find)
The above pictured shell decorated site, in the 1920s and 1930s a well-visited tourist attraction in the community of Leven, located along the east coast of Scotland, currently doesn't exist anymore.
Life and works
William R. Bisset (1869-1964), an inhabitant of the community, in the 1920s began decorating his house and the ornaments in his garden with shells. He also installed a small menagerie with some monkeys and other small animals.
In 1927 the site was opened to the public and it was quite a success: every summer in the 1930s some 30.000 people visited it.
After the war, in the 1950's, the shell house and garden remained a tourist attraction.
In 1978 James Bisset died. The inheritors wanted to sell the property, but there was no interest in buying a house with a shell garden, so the site was "normalized" and on the premises a bungalow was built.
The house itself, on the corner of Seagate, near the Promenade is still extant, but just with a limited number of decorations.
Here is a picture via streetview
And another one from a website about making walking trips:
picture from the website "The Airdrie Rambler"
And it is still in the memory of older people who in their youth happened to visit the site.
first published September 2009, last revised May 2020
William R. Bisset
Leven, Scotland, UK
site doesn't exist anymore