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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:26 am    Post subject: Pollock St or Houston St ?  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

This attached photo was probably taken in 1935 or 1936. I am writing a chapter on reaching 80, and wondered whether anyone could identify the tenements. I know we lived at one time in both these streets. This is my sister and I in a rather creased photo.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 12:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Stunning photo that could be cleaned up easily enough digitally. I think we may well be right on our limits of expertise on this one as 1936 is a little before my time but then we do have older members who might know a little different and might be able to offer a conclusive answer as some of the more obscure things the guys know the answer to never ceases to amaze me and the detective work that gets carried out in the background would amaze even Strathclyde Police.

Oh and welcome along ... Is this Chapter for personal use only or is it for a book or something else ?
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 12, 2012 4:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Thanks for the idea. I will work on this  in photoshop and try and clean it up.

I am writing an autobiography, part of it is already a blog.  It is not complete.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 2:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Hello Taymil,
That pic could have been taken anywhere on Pollok St or Houston St, but if we confine it to both Pollok St and Houston St there are only two corners that could have been taken from.

Your pic from 1936 shows some railings that would probably have been removed and recycled for the war effort, when I lived there in the 60`s there was a swing park between Pollok St, Houston St and Weir St, but the railings were about chest height.

If that pic was taken where the swing park was then IMO the houses behind you were either demolished or bombed in the war as they didn`t exist in the 60`s as the next pic will show.



Pollok St is the one with the gardens down the middle as you will probably know, so the white bit bottom right would be the swing park between Pollok St, Weir St and Houston St and what looks to me like the Parkies hut nearest the Pollok St end. I`m assuming your pic was taken at the bottom right area where there are no buildings as the other corners don`t match up with the step up at roof level in your pic and assuming the chestnut paling fencing was still there in 50`s/60`s pics then its shown behind you and your sis in 36 pic and as a right angle in bottom right of 50`s 60`s pic.

I have discounted the pic being taken at the Paisley Rd end as the church ran from Pollok St to Weir st as you can see in newer pic.

Were the high backs there in the 30`s, was the swing park there ?
Alternatively your pic could have been taken at next corner bottom middle at where the pawn shop used to be.

Hope any of this helps and if any of it triggers a memory let me know.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 2012 4:17 am    Post subject: Pollok St or Houston St Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Thanks John.

I know  we lived  on Pollock St, and my father had a second hand furniture shop on Houston st. This was before the war. As you mentioned the railings were removed during the war. The shop also closed down when my father was called up. I have no idea of the address on Pollock St. I went to Scotland St primary school. I do not know whether the school would  have records since it is now a museum. I may follow this up.We are talking some 75 years ago !
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 17, 2012 12:39 am    Post subject: Pollok Street or Houston Street Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I lived in Pollok Street from 1957-1968 I stayed in number 1 at the corner of Paisley Road. I think your photo was taken near Houston Street with the tenements behind you being Houston Street/Weir Street.
I remember the swing park which I think would have been built after your photo was taken
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:40 am    Post subject: Re: Pollock St or Houston St ? Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I lived in Pollock street in the early 60s.

I think that photo was actually taken in the large "square" formed by the 4 streets in the photo.
 
It could have been taken in any of the corners of the sqaure because they all looked the same, run down and derelect.

We lived at No 98 Ploock Street which was in the bottom right hand corner of the square formed by the houses.

I went to Scotland Street School (now a museum).
     
As someone said, the railings were long gone when I was a kid there and the "square was nothing more than a derelict, dirty and run down area that we played in.

The houses were all rat infested, especially the lower levels.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 13, 2012 10:46 am    Post subject: Pollock Street Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

I  think that photo with the 2 kids could have been taken in the houses numbered 60-80 Pollock street.

I am sure that the block with the houses numbered in the 90s, is behind them on the far right side.

The railings were long gone when I lived there.

My house was the one just to the right of the white van in the centre of the photo.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Thank you for the reply. I think you are correct. I think we lived in number 62 Pollock street. I can probably find it somewhere on a censusbut you jogged my memory.
The area was not too bad in the 1930's, not a slum. i do not remember any rats, but there were mice. I was a small child so do not remember much other than walking to school at the foot of the Rd.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2012 2:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Hi,

The white van in the centre of the photo is more or less directly outside your house.  We lived about 40 yards further south.  I think the photo of the kids was taken just to the rear of that building.

Hope it helps.

Robert

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Thank you for the reply. I think you are correct. I think we lived in number 62 Pollock street. I can probably find it somewhere on a censusbut you jogged my memory.
The area was not too bad in the 1930's, not a slum. i do not remember any rats, but there were mice. I was a small child so do not remember much other than walking to school at the foot of the Rd.


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