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Glasgow in the 1970s - West and North

I‘m not very happy with this collection, and don’t expect anyone else to be. After ‘doing’ the Gorbals and Townhead I looked round for another once decent area that had fallen on hard times and had the bulldozers lurking, and I picked on Garnethill. This was a poor choice as it turned out, since although the northern margins have been nibbled at and a few handsome tenement blocks have fallen derelict  and been demolished, the area remains very largely intact, in stark contrast to what befell Woodside, Maryhill and Springburn. The deep narrow canyons of Garnethill gave the fixed-lens Yashica rollfilm camera a problem and I got a cheap Russian 35mm Kiev with interchangeable lenses to cope with them. Some falling off in image quality is discernible.

Anyway, almost half the collection deals with the Garnethill canyons, which gets a bit tedious. There are half a dozen of Yorkhill, a few G3 churches now demolished or converted, some fairly pointless shots in the Park district and the west end, which were never going to suffer redevelopment, and a pitiful few of Woodside and Maryhill. I didn’t visit Springburn at all, and offer apologies to anyone who is particularly disappointed by this. At the end are some shots of the canal which will be of limited interest.

Rose St and West Graham St, Milton UF Church. [In 1843]  the [Milton] congregation joined the Free Church and a new building was erected on the corner of Rose Street and West Graham Street in 1850. The congregation joined with St Vincent Street Free Church in 1994, when the united congregation became known as St Vincent Street-Milton Free Church of Scotland. The Milton building, being unsafe and beyond reasonable repair, was demolished in the same year.   March 1974

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New City Rd, Normal School for the Training of Teachers (later Dundasvale Teachers’ Centre, later still an auxiliary fire station). By David Hamilton, 1837.   February 1976

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Shamrock St and New City Rd, Glasgow Savings Bank.   February 1976



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Dalhousie St steps below West Graham St.   February 1976




Dalhousie St steps above West Graham St.   February 1976

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Rose St, west side south of Renfrew St.   March 1974

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Rose St and Buccleuch St.  The corner block is still there, the dairy a Chinese ?deli, the plumber’s shop a mini-market.   February 1976

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Rose St at Buccleuch St   February 1976

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Rose St, west side south of Buccleuch St   February 1976

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Rose St, west side north of Hill St, with the tower of St Aloysius Church. Garnethill Park is now on the site of these tenements.   February 1976

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Scott St, west side from Buccleuch Lane. A 4 storey redbrick block now.    March 1974

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Dalhousie St and Hill St, St Aloysius College.    February 1976



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Renfrew St, north side east of Dalhousie St. Setts tarred over, buildings stonecleaned, otherwise much the same.     March 1974

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Renfrew St, north side west of Scott St.    August 1974

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Renfrew St, north side west of Scott St, St Andrew's (Society of St Pius X) Church. The SSPX clings to the old ways and to the Latin liturgy.   February 1976

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Renfrew St, north side west of Scott St.   August 1974

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Renfrew St, Garnetbank Primary School.   February 1976





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Garnet St and Renfrew St.    February 1976

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Renfrew St, north side at Garnet St.   February 1976

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Renfrew St, north side at the western end.   February 1976

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Hill St, western end.   February 1976

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Hill St,  east of Garnet St.   February 1976

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Hill St, north side west of Garnethill St.   August 1974

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Hill St  and Garnethill St.   May 1974

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Hill St, south side opposite Garnethill St.  March 1974

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Hill St, north side at Scott St. 1892 map has this as a girls’ school next to the Convent of Mercy.   February 1976

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Buccleuch St, north side east of Rose St. Buccleuch St is less well-preserved than Hill or Renfrew St, a patchwork of old and new. This block has been replaced.   March 1974

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Buccleuch St, north side east of Dalhousie St.     March1974

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Buccleuch St, north side east of Dalhousie St.    February 1976

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Dalhousie St, east side south of Buccleuch St.    August 1974

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Buccleuch St, north side west of Dalhousie St.   August 1974

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Buccleuch St, north side between Dalhousie St and Scott St.   August 1974

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Scott St and Buccleuch St - The Mount (originally a Sick Children’s Hospital, now part of St Aloysius Col.).    February 1976

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Scott St, west side south of Dalhousie Lane.   February 1976

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Buccleuch St, north side from Garnethill St.   March 1974

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Buccleuch St, north side west of Garnethill St.   August 1974

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Garnethill St, west side north of Hill St   March 1974

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From W Graham St, looking up Garnet St to Glasgow High School for Girls in Buccleuch St.   August 1974

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Buccleuch St at the Girls' High, which had recently vacated the building.   March 1974

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Buccleuch St, north side west of Garnet St.   August 1974

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Two versions of the view of  the Mitchell Library from the Renfrew St pedestrian bridge, a view which was soon to be blocked by the building of Tay House.   February 1987



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St Georges Rd at Woodlands Rd.   February 1978

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Elderslie St at Berkeley St.   April 1975

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Kent Rd and Elderslie St, with Kent Road U F Church (now flats).     January 1976

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Claremont St and Dover St from Argyle St, Wesleyan Methodist Church (demolished).   April 1975



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Dover St and Pembroke St, St Vincent Church (demolished).   May 1974

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Argyle St opposite Kelvingrove St. I wouldn’t have wagered much on this cottage still being there 30 years on, but it is.   April 1975

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Derby St, Kelvingrove Parish Church (J.Sellars, 1879), now flats.   March 1975

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Sandyford St and Gilbert St.   July 1975

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Sandyford St and Gilbert St   July 1975

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Sandyford St, west side   July 1975

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Haugh Rd at Yorkhill St.   July 1975

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Haugh Rd at Lumsden St.   July 1975

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Lumsden St from Haugh Rd. Virtually alone among the buildings in these few Yorkhill shots, the Overnewton School (John Burnet, 1876) still survives. Put to various uses after closure in 1967, it has since 1993 been the Glasgow Steiner School.    July 1975

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Woodside Terrace  (Geo.Smith, c1842).   April 1976

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Lynedoch Crescent (Geo.Smith, c1845).   March 1974

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Lynedoch Crescent.   April 1976

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Claremont Terrace (J.Baird I, 1842-47).   May 1974

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Claremont Terrace.   April 1976

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The Park Steps. A townscape that would grace any city.   June 1975

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Park Terrace   March 1974

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Park Rd and Eldon St, St Silas' Church.   March 1975

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University Avenue, Gilmorehill U F Ch (J.Sellars, 1878)   January 1976

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Holyrood Crescent.   March 1974

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Kelvin Bridge.   March 1975




Gt Western Rd at Bank St, Cooper's Corner.   January 1976

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Belmont St, Stevenson Memorial Ch (J.J.Stevenson, 1900)   January 1976

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Botanic Gardens, Queen Margaret Drive entrance, with Kelvinside (Botanic Gardens)  Church (J.J.Stevenson, 1862), now Oran Mór. About all that has changed here are the flares and the platform shoes.   June 1976

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A derelict mansion, Victoria Circus. I’ve walked round the Circus a couple of times trying to work out where exactly this was, without success.   April 1975



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Lorraine Rd, east side.   April 1975

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Saltoun St and Observatory Rd, Belmont & Hillhead Parish Church (J.Sellars 1876).   January 1976

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Cranworth St, Western Baths.   May 1975

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Vinicombe St at Cranworth Lane.   May 1975

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Byres Rd from Ruthven St.   January 1976

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St George's Rd, west side south of Glenfarg St, the New Metropole Theatre, which  Jimmy Logan bought in 1964 and tried heroically to make viable at a time when television was becoming the predominant source of entertainment. A 10 month run of ’Hair’ in 1970 was highly profitable, but little else was, and Mr Logan had lost a great deal of his own money before the theatre closed in 1972.  (Poor quality image, neg. missing, scanned from 4cm sq. contact print).   March 1975

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St Clair St and North Woodside Rd, with St Clair Mission Hall, which was associated with Adelaide Place Baptist Church.    March 1974

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North Woodside Rd at Maryhill Rd, from St Clair St. The nearer tenement block is still there, Wilson’s now the Woodside Inn, but the Tramcar Vaults building is now a Taggart‘s showroom. The model tramcar which was the pub sign is in the People’s Palace.   March 1974

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St Joseph's Rectory and Church, North Woodside Rd, demolished some time in the 1980s. St Joseph’s was formerly administered by the Jesuits, and Gerard Manley Hopkins, who was ordained as a Jesuit priest in 1877, served here as a relief temporary curate for two months in the autumn of 1881. It was not a happy time, and in a letter he described Glasgow as a ‘wretched place’ and ‘repulsive to live in’. However, as he is not known to have visited Scotland again, this was presumably when he visited Inversnaid and wrote (for it is certainly ‘drawn from life’) the well-known poem of that name, incomparably the finest description of a highland burn in spate.  March 1974

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Garscube Rd at Possil Rd, the Round Toll. The fine Tower Building on the right is still there, a bit isolated.    March 1974

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Maryhill Rd, somewhere south of Bilsland Dr. There’s a Burmah garage on the left (3 star 69p, and that would have been per gallon, = 18p per litre), possibly on the site of the current Esso place.   May 1975

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Maryhill Rd south of Bilsland Dr. The street going off on the right was Vernon St, which has disappeared entirely.   May 1975

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Bilsland Dr at Maryhill Rd, from the aqueduct. Bilsland Dr is much the same, but the tenements in Maryhill Rd were cleared to open up a new entry to Queen Margaret Dr.      October 1975

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Sandbank St at Maryhill Rd, from the canal. The buildings are still there, including the Orange Hall at the top of the road (it featured in Just Another Saturday), but the view is now obscured by trees.   June 1976

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Maryhill Free Church, from the canal.   May 1975

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F&C Canal at Maryhill. The canal was more or less derelict at this time, but a few diehard enthusiasts put on a festival. This horse-drawn (but outboard-assisted) barge had that home-made look.   October 1975

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F&C Canal southeast of Ruchill Bridge. The building on the left bank was part of McLellan’s Rubber Works.   May 1975

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F&C behind Maryhill Rd.   May 1975

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Maryhill Rd from the towpath.  May 1975

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Maryhill Rd and Kelvinside Parish Church, which was in Kelvinside Ave.    May 1975

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F&C behind Maryhill Rd.   May 1975

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F&C south of Firhill basin, the remains of one of the safety gates built during WW2 to isolate sections of the canal in the event of bomb damage, so limiting the potential for flooding if a bank was breached.  May 1975

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Applecross St (or Baird’s Brae) bascule bridge.   March 1974

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Applecross St bascule bridge. The quadrant plate is still there (and the deck repaired), but the bridge is no longer hand-cranked. I think the tenements were in Oakbank Terrace but am prepared to be corrected on this.   March 1974

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North Spiers Wharf, about a dozen years before these monumental warehouses, built as the City of Glasgow Grain Mills but latterly a whisky bond, were converted into flats.   October 1975

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North Spiers Wharf. The Palladian style of the Canal Office, built around 1812 and replacing an earlier building, hints at the prosperity of the canal company at that time.   October 1975

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By the Cut of Junction between Port Dundas and the Monkland Canal, looking east to Garngadhill and Townhead Parish Church. The Glasgow Garnkirk and Coatbridge railway brought coal to the city, and this spur served a coal depot on Pinkston Rd. The St Rollox Sawmill, which faced on to Baird St, is on the other bank. The M8 runs here now.


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The bascule bridge which carried Glebe St over the cut to Pinkston Rd, with the bridgekeeper’s cottage. This photo and the previous were taken by my late brother and I don’t have a date for them, but around 1964 is likely. The cottage was demolished in 1965 and the bridge in 1967.


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River Kelvin below the Kelvin Aqueduct. The chimney and the further buildings were part of Kelvindale Paper Mill, the largest and last-surviving paper mill in the city. It closed around this time. The mill was founded in 1746 and was of course powered by water for many years, with the V-shaped weir on the right supplying the water to a large lade. The weir is still there, though not the iron footbridge which gave access to it. I have no confirmation that the riverside ruins were part of the mill complex but it seems very likely.   June 1976

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These piers, still standing, carried a single railway track over to the paper mill.   June 1976




The rough position and aspect of the last two photos. Modern housing covers the site. of the mill.


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