Perth Civic Trust – Baxters Vennel

Baxters Vennel goes between St John Street and the Watergate, along the side of the former McEwans building (now Beales). Walking along St John Street from South Street it is the first opening on the right. Not all towns have vennels, but there are several in Perth. The word comes from the french “venelle”, meaning a narrow lane between buildings.

The plaque explains that “baxter” is the Scottish word for a “baker”. There is evidence that Baxter Incorporation had property in this area, including a “Bakers Hall”. The plaque was donated by McEwans of Perth and gives an outline history of the store.


  1. Michael Bell February 4, 2020 at 3:54 pm #

    Most interesting! Sadly the heyday of department stores in our cities seems to be long gone.

    • Mike February 4, 2020 at 4:41 pm #

      Thank you. Cities evolve with the times but it is important to preserve the memory of past activities in Perth.

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