Past Present Vol 2

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Re: Past Present Vol 2

Postby Timchilli » Wed Jan 23, 2008 10:39 pm

While we're on the subject of St Vincent Street, can anyone tell me what happened to this neo-classical building (close-up, inset)? I think I asked about this before, and it may have been in response to Fossil, who posted a colour image of St Vincent Street looking west, circa 1960.

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Re: Past Present Vol 2

Postby tombro » Thu Jan 24, 2008 9:36 am

Just hit pictures of the 'Girnin' Gates' at Drumchapel and was stoked ! Moved to Drumchapel in 1955 and lived at 17 Airgold Drive for five years with Mum and Dad (Peggy and Joe Brown) and my older brother Joe before emigrating to Australia at the end of 1960.

As one of my Grannies lived in Anderston, we had every option in terms of ways of going to visit her and my favourite was to walk down to Drumchapel Station and catch the train to, I think, Charing Cross Station and walk from there down to Argyle Street and along to Carrick Street. Grannie lived on the corner of Carrick and Crimea Streets.

On the way to Drumchapel Station we'd walk past the 'Girnin' Gates' and they were a magnificent sight !

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glasgowken wrote:The Girnin Gates, entrance to Garscadden House, Drumchapel.

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Re: Past Present Vol 2

Postby crusty_bint » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:02 am

Timchilli, another fantastic image there^ check out the towers and spires of the YMCA on Bothwell St, between St Vincent St Church tower and Central Station tower!

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Re: Past Present Vol 2

Postby tombro » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:40 am

Aw C'mon !

I've just finished flicking through Past Present Vol 2 and the last few pages have blown my mind ! I had a Great Granny who used to live in William Street and from her window we could watch trams travelling along what I think was St Vincent's Place !

At the western end of William Street was North Street, and in North Street was St Patrick's Church. Not only did me and my brother attend mass there on Sunday's when visiting Great Granny but our other Granny, who lived in Anderston, used to take us up there, too !

Some earlier pictures of St Vincent Street also tickled my fancy, especially the one showing the Corporation Bus in the background but a picture, on the second last page I think, really got me stirred up ! That very corner is where my family and I used to often wait to catch a Number 9 bus home to Drumchapel !

Thank you, Hidden Glasgow, for reviving fond memories !

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P.S Does anyone (from what I have seen, most probably Glasgowken in particular) remember the Glagow Corporation Buses trying out silver tops as a part of their colour scheme ? I remember (in late 1959 or early 1960) such a colour scheme being tried, just before my family emigrated to Australia. I also remember (some seven or eight years ago) finding a picture of same while searching the Internet for pictures of Glasgow Corporation Buses. Eerily for me, the most interesting thing about that photograph was that it seemed to show a Corporation Bus parked on Dunkenny Road in Drumchapel, heading towards George Square just after leaving Achamore Road !

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Re: Past Present Vol 2

Postby onyirtodd » Thu Jan 24, 2008 11:54 am

^ and the No 9 still stops on St Vincent Street just west of North Street and goes out to Drumchapel
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Re: Past Present Vol 2

Postby vinny » Thu Jan 24, 2008 1:34 pm

Check out the Memories photo in today's Evening Times!! Very timely for discussion above.

Could anyone get it scanned?
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Re: Past Present Vol 2

Postby Schiehallion » Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:13 pm

Timchilli wrote:While we're on the subject of St Vincent Street, can anyone tell me what happened to this neo-classical building (close-up, inset)? I think I asked about this before, and it may have been in response to Fossil, who posted a colour image of St Vincent Street looking west, circa 1960.

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It got flattened in 1983.

Here it is, 2nd one down....

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Re: Past Present Vol 2

Postby Timchilli » Thu Jan 24, 2008 7:33 pm

Schiehallion wrote:
Timchilli wrote:While we're on the subject of St Vincent Street, can anyone tell me what happened to this neo-classical building (close-up, inset)? I think I asked about this before, and it may have been in response to Fossil, who posted a colour image of St Vincent Street looking west, circa 1960.

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It got flattened in 1983.

Here it is, 2nd one down....

http://www.architecture.com/WhatsOn/Exh ... rFire.aspx

Thanks for the info and the link, Schiehallion.

A depressing, yet predictable demise compounded by the even more predictably boring modern edifice that replaced it.

Found a larger image:

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Re: Past Present Vol 2

Postby glasgowken » Wed Jan 30, 2008 2:54 am

tombro wrote:P.S Does anyone (from what I have seen, most probably Glasgowken in particular) remember the Glagow Corporation Buses trying out silver tops as a part of their colour scheme ? I remember (in late 1959 or early 1960) such a colour scheme being tried, just before my family emigrated to Australia. I also remember (some seven or eight years ago) finding a picture of same while searching the Internet for pictures of Glasgow Corporation Buses. Eerily for me, the most interesting thing about that photograph was that it seemed to show a Corporation Bus parked on Dunkenny Road in Drumchapel, heading towards George Square just after leaving Achamore Road !

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The only silver GCT bus I know of is Damiler D95 which ran for a couple of years with (mostly) unpainted Aluminium bodywork. This was a bit of a fad among some operators in the 1950's who expected to save costs on painting, weight, and because it looked snazzy, or so they thought. Thankfully Glasgow didn't persevere with the idea.
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Re: Past Present Vol 2

Postby Alex Glass » Wed Jan 30, 2008 10:23 pm

Timchilli wrote:While we're on the subject of St Vincent Street, can anyone tell me what happened to this neo-classical building (close-up, inset)? I think I asked about this before, and it may have been in response to Fossil, who posted a colour image of St Vincent Street looking west, circa 1960.

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Thought I had a better photo of this

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Re: Past Present Vol 2

Postby Dave » Thu Jan 31, 2008 10:46 pm

It's good to see that although Glasgow has it's scars it also has it's natural regeneration. I'm refering to the old pics (circa '70's I think) when you look at the more up to date pictures you see the tree growth and the dear green place looks much greener, much more vibrant.
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Re: Past Present Vol 2

Postby HollowHorn » Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:25 pm

You may well have a point there, Dave.
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Re: Past Present Vol 2

Postby Dave » Thu Jan 31, 2008 11:37 pm

Obviously it doesn't take a rocket scientist to know that trees will grow. But you do read posts where people want to live in the 'Old Glasgow'. Scars heal, and can become a defining feature.
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Re: Past Present Vol 2

Postby ninatoo » Fri Feb 01, 2008 8:42 am

I remember going back to Glasgow in 1974 with my Mum. We drove through on a bus to get to Buchanan Street and I remember my Mum saying how dirty it was, and how she had forgotten that in her homesickness. I wish she hadn't mentioned it because I kept seeing all the built up grim on the buildings from then on.

When I returned again in 1987, it was becoming a different place, with many of the older buildings being sandblasted. I think the art gallery was in the process of being done at that time.

I wish I could go back again, because there are so many places I want to see for myself now that I have been doing my genealogy research (yes I know most places I would like to see are now gone). But I am sure I would see a huge difference!

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Re: Past Present Vol 2

Postby Vinny the Mackem » Fri Feb 01, 2008 2:02 pm

One of the things that sticks in my mind from the late 70's (when I was only little!) was how many buildings seemed to be propped up, with huge wooden beams taking up half the roadway at times. I think there's one on Bath Street, where that building fell down recently near the Shack. Which burned down!
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