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Clyde to Townhead - Discussion Thread

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let me be the first to congratulate you streap amazing collection yet again.more,more.
James

streapadair - sensational pictures. So much has changed in such a fairly short time.



James H
Stuball

Apart from the shops, not alot has changed from the green to the barony
Fjord

Yet another fantastic contribution of unique images I'm well impressed.

What kind of camera did you take these with as there's very little distortion on the verticals not to mention the sharpness of them.
Drittsekk

Thanks for those. I must have been here many times about then but dont remember very much.
Excellent collection
HollowHorn



I have a feeling that those curtains are still hanging there at present, no?
John

Excellent contribution streapadair, a pleasure to view  
falseface

HollowHorn wrote:


I have a feeling that those curtains are still hanging there at present, no?


aye I think your right
rotten milk



the righthand-most building here is 81 rottenrow,formerly an 'indigent old men's and old women's asylum'. when the strathclyde uni development of the 70s cut through rottenrow, it became rottenrow east.

it's where i stayed 1987-89 when studying, as it was strathclyde's 'balmanno' residence. between the bloke and the lamppost is the 'front door' as it were.

each floor was twin rooms, with communal kitchens (rightmost windows 1st, 2nd, 3rd, floors)

i have some interior shots - most of the rooms had wooden panelling, panelled doors etc. under several layers of paint, but the TV lounge and some of the entrance lobby still had the real wood exposed, complete with huge wooden mantelpiece

looking, back i wish i'd took more phots, it was a lovely old building, a bit scruffy and forgotten about. i think it was demolished early 90s and was replaced by an ugly lego block.

anyhoo, by 1988, it was the last original rottenrow east building, apart from the barony kirk

balmanno from taylor st.



the fenced area on the left of your pic, as you turn into taylor st. is where the robertson memorial church stood

a 1964/1988 past present, courtesy virtual mitchell



once again, you have surpassed yourself, sir - even better 'cos it's an area i stayed in for a coupla years, never thinking to record the event at the time - truly excellent
Alex Glass

     

Wooooooooowwwwwww!

These are fantastic

We are indebted to you Streapadair.

These photos definitely deserve to be shown and It is great to be on here viewing them and seeing places which I had forgotten about.

           

 

 

streapadair

rotten milk - thanks, great information. I think from the clumsy fire escapes that the buildings beyond may have been student accommodation too. Strathclyde (or The Tech, as it was still widely known then) was expanding fast, and the Legoland campus was in the future.

stuball - you're right, not a great deal has changed in the Saltmarket and High St, but - don't know if you're old enough to remember - it was a damn close-run thing, as the ski-jump ramps between the M8 West St on and off ramps testify.

Fjord - I used a Yashica 44 twin lens reflex, a sort of cheap baby Rollei, which took 12 frames 40x40mm on the now obsolete 127 rollfilm. They are a pig to scan, as my scanner doesn't recognise them, and it's a battle of wits trying to fool it into thinking they're 60x60s. I/it have good days and bad days. The square format meant I could often keep the camera fairly level and then crop off the bottom third or half of the frame, which helped with the verticals. I used to make my own prints, and do what vertical correction was needed by tilting the enlarger head, and for the scans Photoshop does the digi equivalent.

Thanks, Alex and the others, glad you enjoyed them.
Stuball

streapadair wrote:
stuball - you're right, not a great deal has changed in the Saltmarket and High St, but - don't know if you're old enough to remember - it was a damn close-run thing, as the ski-jump ramps between the M8 West St on and off ramps testify.


Too young, thank god :)

But yeah, I'm aware of what could have been with the Ringroad round the city
norrie

Hi strepadair, what can I say that I have not said before.
I look forward to any other delights for Glasgow demolished tenements and streets.
When I shuffle off this mortal coil, I am afraid  my photos will have buildings leaning all over the place but at least there will be a record
Lets not leave it to others to photograph, get out now, before its too late.
Bye for now, norrie
rotten milk

was just looking through the pics again


streapadair wondered what church this was on the south side of monkland street

from the 1894 OS map:



don't know if it changed name since then though
norrie

Hi Rottenmilk, I am not so sure that church is the Martyrs Church
Check it out on the web, I am sure is a bit more imposing than that.
Of course I have been known to be wrong
Bye for now, norrie
James

rotten milk wrote:
was just looking through the pics again


streapadair wondered what church this was on the south side of monkland street

from the 1894 OS map:



don't know if it changed name since then though

That looks correct to me.






James H
rotten milk

the 1913-14 valuation rolls only show one church in monkland street:

http://www.theglasgowstory.com/im...=565c0db0273339ee5a10d6b12cd86ebc

of course, that's not to say it wasn't altered/re-named eventually

norrie, no problem, all my glasgow research involves internet and i only stayed there for 3 yrs, but over the years i've got info/links in the computer/my addled brain - i'll leave it to all youse still in town to verify!

cheers!

p.s. nice pic there james!
norrie

Hi rottenmilk, Ok I have had a look through a few Townhead photos that I have, my mistake, the photo I have is of St Mungos Church, which is next to The Martyrs School, thats what I was getting mixed up about.
All I have heard of The Martyr church is that it should have never been pulled down, doesnt look anything special from that photo, of course the inside may well have been what made it special.
Well done in giving the church an ID.
Told you I make mistakes
Bye for now, norrie
norrie

Hi rottenmilk, good photo of that part of Townhead, pity the shot of The Carlton Cinema was and overhead one, been looking for a photo that didnt have a tram in front of the cinema.
There are plenty of photos of The Casino  Cinema that was across the road but not that may of The Carlton.
My wife and I had our first date in The Carlton,  Charlie Chaplins, The Great Dictator was showing, 1962/3  
Bye for now, norrie
rotten milk

hi norrie, it seems that every thread here could be about buildings shouldn't have been demolished.
there are those that are obviously magnificent, but so many were just ordinary, everyday ones which just-so-happened to be properly designed and built, often with amazing architectural/interior touches

and of course, this thread shows that it's not just the buildings that are gone, but whole streets or networks of streets inc. all the buildings!

p.s. loved your last post - it's all very good seeing old pics of long-gone areas, but often what makes it is special is when someone relates a personal connection to a particular phot - it's no longer a basic record of somewhere, it's a living memory - that's what i love about this whole site
norrie

Hi rottenmilk, yes its funny how I can remember the first film we seen together, we still go to the cinema.
I cant for the life of me remember the other film that was on, double features in those days .
Yes whole areas were flattened  in the 60s to the early 80s, some have very litle photographic evidence that they existed.
Strepadairs photos of Gorbals to Townhead, shows that somewhere there will always be somebody who  took photos.
Mind you in the days of film it was more expensive to take photos, using Digital, some times I have over 200 in the one session.
Imagine paying for the developing and printing plus the room the photos would take up.
Not to mention the ease of lightning and darkning photos or whatever you want to do with them, not so easy with 35mm
I have an edit feature that lets me bring out the shaded areas of buildings, no more dark buildings because its sunny.
Bye for now, norrie
Fjord

norrie wrote:

Strepadairs photos of Gorbals to Townhead, shows that somewhere there will always be somebody who  took photos.
Mind you in the days of film it was more expensive to take photos, using Digital, some times I have over 200 in the one session.
Imagine paying for the developing and printing plus the room the photos would take up.


You make a valid point regarding how people took photos in the days of film cameras where every shot count due to the expense of processing and development and you hoped every photo turned out to be a keeper. And picking up a new batch of photo's always felt like Xmas day fuelled by anticipation especially if you'd forgotten what you had actually taken in the first place.

Compared to today's instant playback and delete that's all but gone.
I've came to the conclusion that for serious archive photography I'd rather use film first and digital second regardless of how good the Digi camera might be.

A couple of old shoe boxes full of old negatives and transparency's win over a couple of DVD's any day. Just my opinion of course  
norrie

Hi fjiord, perhaps you are right but I think the advantage of Digital is the amount of photos you can take.
I have been photographing Glasgow since the late 80s  but I only had photos here and there, now with Digital I have photographed all the tenements I could find in the south side, only have Shettleston and Baillieston to finish in the east end and am working my way down the  North West end to St Georges rd, and Park Circus
I dont think I would have tried all that using 35mm.
Bye for now, norrie
peter kemp

Well done.What a terriffic collection. Very well photographed.
trolleybus

I,d my first pint in the Trossachs Bar in Parson St Townhead age 12.

I was big for my age.

1314

I hope this gets to the person who uploaded the photos of Glasgow in 1973.  These brought back many memories - thank you.  There is a photo in the collection of a church on the south side of Monkland Street with a caption that asks if anyone knows the name of the church.  It was Martyrs Church.  An uncle of mine, Rev Jim Miller, was a minister there for some time.  I kick with the other foot, and attended school round the corner from the Martyrs Kirk, in St Mungo's Academy.
cybers


So we all settle down and had a peruse of the streapadair photos and we thought....
(Insert Swear Words Here)

Just when we get over the initial shock of seeing our childhood memories in glorious mono from a period oozing nostalgia the bugger goes and does it again just as the adrenal gland starts to settle down.

He uploads more of this historic pornography  
I am sensing a time machine or some other foul play.
If its a time machine can i have a wee shot as i really want to go back to 1987 and give myself a good boot in the Knackers for something.  
streapadair

1314 wrote:
 There is a photo in the collection of a church on the south side of Monkland Street with a caption that asks if anyone knows the name of the church.  It was Martyrs Church.


Thanks for that, 1314, great stuff. I'll amend the caption. Welcome to the site, btw (one or more of the mods normally says this, maybe they're all on holiday).


Cybers - aye, a time machine would be great, I think we've all done something which merited a good kick in the knackers.
Stuball

Ma bad!

Hi 1314 and   to urbanglasgow :)
hambonio

thats a great picture of the carlton cinema ,whats so good about it is in the foreground is McAslin st where I was born and raised in number 42 .you can StMungos church where I was baptised and StMungos school which I attended ,Im trying to make out where the photo was taken from ,glebe st?Ive never seen any photos of the top end of MsAslin st in years we were poor in the 50s 60s not many people had cameras so if you have any more Id be delighted to see them .Youve not made an old guy happy, youve made a happy guy auld.cheers
kittymew




L-R

Blackie Building (dark one at corner)
Fontana Books (one with bridge)

Building at right - new Collins building - holding warehouse/hardbacks and computers.
stevieb

where did you get it?



wondering where the uploader of the photo got it, i have the original taken by myself, anyone know please email ta much
cybers

Can you elaborate any further ?
Sometimes things are posted from public domains without any malice intended.
Though to be honest It's the first time i have seen this image on the board... Taken from rosemount st judging by the high vantage point.
Fat Cat

rotten milk wrote:


the righthand-most building here is 81 rottenrow,formerly an 'indigent old men's and old women's asylum'. when the strathclyde uni development of the 70s cut through rottenrow, it became rottenrow east.

it's where i stayed 1987-89 when studying, as it was strathclyde's 'balmanno' residence. between the bloke and the lamppost is the 'front door' as it were.

each floor was twin rooms, with communal kitchens (rightmost windows 1st, 2nd, 3rd, floors)



My mother worked as a cleaner for Strathclyde University in the Balmano residence.   I remember going with her when she had her interview.     It was a nice old building that should never have been demolished.
rotten milk

a shot of  roughly the same view in november 2010, had a day out in glasgow for the first time in about 17 yrs

norrie

Hi Rotten Milk, did you clock the statue with the cone on its head
rotten milk

to tell you the truth norrie, what wi' having a nostalgia blast and taking photies, i didn't even notice the statue at first!
i did, however notice the modern equivalent of the flying ducks on the left-hand building
related, i took pics of the remains of the rottenrow hospital and have just realised i didn't even notice if the big safety pin is there? *doh*

i am pleased to report that the duke o' welly's cone was present and correct that morning!
chateau du lait

McLeod Street at High Street April  29th 1966

norrie

Hi Chateau du lait, I like that photo, never seen it before

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