Footdee is an area of Aberdeen, Scotland known locally as “Fittie”. It is an old fishing village at the east end of the harbour. The area has had a settlement as far back as the Medieval times and the first recorded reference to the area of Fittie was in the year 1398.The name is actually folk etymology. Far from being “Foot of the Dee/Fit o the Dee”, it is actually a corruption of a former dedication to a “St Fothan”. Throughout the 19th century, ‘tarry sheds’ were added to the communal land within the squares opposite each dwelling and now every dwelling has its own shed. Originally constructed from drift wood and other found materials, the sheds have been built and rebuilt in an idiosyncratic manner over the years in a variety of materials with rendered brick now predominating slightly (2006). Some timber built sheds remain, predominantly on the North side of North Square.
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