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colmar

Garnethill 1950/60

I wonder if any of you fine UG friends can assist me.

My mother, and her very large family, were brought up in a house at 8 West Graham Street, and I spent many a happy time there in my childhood and early teenage years. She is nearly 90 years old and her memory is not what it was. I'd very much like to surprise her on her 90th birthday in April 2013 with a photo montage of 'the old days'.

I'm looking for any photographs of a particular block of houses/buildings in Garnethill, before the decimation/wanton destruction of that area in late 1960 early 1970. I really need to see images of the 'triangular' block bounded by Cambridge/Rose/and Dalhousie Streets.

If any of you can assist, I would be most grateful.

Regards

Colmar
mination

Garnethill

Hi Colmar,

This thread should have what you are looking for...

http://urbanglasgow.co.uk/Glasgow...70s_West_and_North_about1565.html
colmar

Hi Mination

Many thanks for your speedy response Ė and welcome to the forum from a fellow Ďnew memberí.

Iíve been searching this forum for months now and the link you post comes tantalisingly close to what Iím looking for. Itís fair to say this is probably the most comprehensive sequence of images of Garnethill from that period. Sadly, the one area not covered is exactly that which I need to see.

My motherís house had a commanding view up Cambridge Street towards the City Ė with Cambridge Lane to the left, and Rose Street to right of centre. I vividly remember standing at the front lounge window many years ago and seeing the United Free Church in Cambridge Street Ė east side - burn to destruction. But I cannot remember what I/my mother could see of the western side of Cambridge Street from that same viewpoint.

Iíve trawled the Virtual Mitchell and RCAMS to no avail. Perhaps there was nothing in that triangular block of any architectural interest. Be that as it may, architectural interest and a desire to remember that which one has forgotten from childhood years are quite separate things.

Iím am indeed grateful for your response. I just hope that somewhere, someone has what I and my mother need to see.
okaydoak

Hi Colmar,
Hope that you have managed to find a photograph of your mum's old home.If not - go to www.scran.ac.uk and type COWCADDENS into the search box.The first photograph it brings up is one of Cowcaddens Subway Station in 1974.Your mum's building is looming in the background.It doesn't show the street level of the tenement,but everything above - looks quite a distinguished building.
Regards,
Chris.
colmar

Hi Chris (okaydoak)

Many thanks for your reply.

I have seen another version of the image you mention elsewhere. It's much larger and I can see my Mum's tenement in most of its old glory.

It was indeed quite distinguished and I have very vivid memories of going onto the flat roof of the building with other members of my extended family for photo shoots - probably taken by one of my uncles.

I'm still looking for a view of the 'triangular block' I mentioned in my OP.

The other images of the immediate area I have already found leave me with an immense feeling of sadness. A large part of my childhood surroundings swept away leaving only memories - in some cases bitter sweet ones.

Regards
Colmar
Gina

I lifted this picture from the FB page of the woman who was lifting pictures from this group.
She had scanned it directly from a book (she wouldn't say which book) so I had to run it through Photoshop to even out the folds in the pages.

I think it might be Garnet Street and I wondered if any of the sleuths on here could confirm that?

colmar

Very many thanks for this Gina.

I think you are absolutely right with Garnet Street, and I think this image shows the section between Hill Street and Buccleuch Street.

Oh - the memories just keep flooding back !!

I would dearly love to see the book your FB woman was looking at.

Regards

Colin
Gina

I thought it might be the section between Hill Street and Renfrew Street. I did a comparison on Google Earth and the step down on the left hand wall near the blue Transit mini bus seems to match with the one on the picture.
colmar

Yes Gina - I'm wrong.

I see the step down you mention just at the blue Transit - the step down in the right hand wall, and the right angle return to the right are both obscured by vegetation in the Google Earth image, but there is now no doubt in my mind.

The topology of this area is sometimes quite confusing, in that you have a steep incline from Sauchiehall Street to Hill Street - a similar incline from Cambridge Street - then the associated declines from the summit.

Thank you again for your input. If you have any more images of this area I'd love to hear from you.

Regards

Colin
Beano

Gina wrote:
I lifted this picture from the FB page of the woman who was lifting pictures from this group.
She had scanned it directly from a book (she wouldn't say which book) so I had to run it through Photoshop to even out the folds in the pages.

I think it might be Garnet Street and I wondered if any of the sleuths on here could confirm that?



Gina....like most photographs on FB nicked from another site, this one is from the Glasgow Herald flickr site.
link

http://www.flickr.com/photos/heraldandtimes/
Gina

Thanks for the link Beano, some great pics on that site! I Like the one of the boy feeding the pigeons in George Square in the snow!
huggy

Hi Colmar, just saw your message.
Sorry I'm unable to help, -but just thought I'd say thanks for all the happy / nostalgic memories your enquiry evoked.
I was raised in the tenement at 85 Garnethill street from 1945 until 1955.Directly across from the side of Stow college.
All gone, -but not forgotten.
Thanks for the memories, -and hope you had some luck with your search.
colmar

Hi Huggy - Welcome to UG and thank you for your post. How nice of you to take the trouble.

I still haven't found what I'm looking for but I'm fairly certain the reason is, as I suggested in an earlier post, there was in fact nothing of real interest in that triangle of ground.

As with you the memories are still strong, even though I cringe at the destruction of Garnethill. It was such a large part of my early life.

Regards

Colmar

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