Union Street was built to relieve the strain of the small cramped streets that people coming into the city had to navigate. It was built higher than the old town, and was designed to include the five entrances from the city. These were: Queens Road - Rubislaw and Hazelhead direction; George Street heading in from Inverurie and Morayshire; King Street heading in from the north from Bridge Of Don, Peterhead and Fraserburgh; Market Street which leads to the fishing town of Torry; and Holburn Street to the Ruthrieston and Garthdee areas of the city. It was designed in the beginning of the 19th century under plans suggested by Charles Abercrombie and nearly bankrupted the city when it was built. The Denburn River still runs under Union Bridge, but has been covered over by a dual-carriageway road.
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