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Glasgow in the 1990s

While not as comprehensive as Streapadair's from the 1970's ... this gives a wee look at how the city was at the end of the 20th century. All are scanned from the original negatives so I hope all the work was worthwhile

King Street car park looking towards St Enoch Centre ... the building on the left was the former headquarters of the Glasgow and South Western Railway. The red shop front was Escom who bought the rights to the Commodore Amiga. They went bust shortly before this photo was taken

Glasgow_Aug96-01 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

The newly opened Gallery of Modern Art ... originally a Country House which became the Stock Exchange. It was used by the council as Stirling's Library for many years before being converted to its present use

Glasgow_Aug96-02 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, which opened in 1990 when Glasgow was European City of Culture. Buchanan Galleries is under construction in the background

Glasgow_Aug96-03 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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The western end of West Regent Street with Holland Street closing the view. The old town houses at the Pitt Street corner have now been replaced with modern hotels

Glasgow_Aug96-04 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Douglas Street from St Vincent Street ... with the Cadogan Square development beyond the arches on Cadogan Street. Also visible is the now-demolished Albany Hotel at Bothwell Street

Glasgow_Aug96-05 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

St Vincent Lane ... think I only took this because it is unusual to see the rear of a building clad in glass rather than being plain

Glasgow_Aug96-06 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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The Scottish Legal Life building on Bothwell Street, still occupied by the company to the present day

Glasgow_Aug96-07 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Looking north across the city from the Necropolis with the Wellpark Brewery prominent in the foreground. The now-demolished tower blocks at Dalmarnock and the still standing ones at Ruby Street are also seen. Behind the leaves on the right are the former Mitchellhill blocks in Castlemilk

Glasgow_Oct96-01 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

The former Great Eastern Hotel on Duke Street and the Ladywell housing estate make up the foreground with the tower blocks of the Gorbals on the skyline. Only those Gorbal's blocks to the left remain today

Glasgow_Oct96-02 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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The tower blocks of the Ladywell housing scheme still stand today, having being refurbished recently, whilst their contemporaries in the background at the Gorbals have been demolished

Glasgow_Oct96-03 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Looking west towards the City Centre and Townhead with the Cathedral prominent in the foreground

Glasgow_Oct96-04 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

A panoramic view combining the two previous images

Glasgow_Oct96-07 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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The Victorian part of Glasgow Royal Infirmary from the Necropolis

Glasgow_Oct96-05 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

The newer part of the GRI with the former Pinkston tower blocks at Sighthill in the background. The other blocks to the right at Charles Street, Royston are still there today

Glasgow_Oct96-06 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

A panoramic view of the GRI from the two previous images

Glasgow_Oct96-08 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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Glasgow Catherdal, the religious heart of the city and the starting point for the city's development after the arrival of St Mungo from way off Fife

Glasgow_Oct96-09 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Provand's Lordship, the oldest building in Glasgow. Once surrounded by tenement properties, today it stands isolated. It is now used as a museum

Glasgow_Oct96-10 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Sauchiehall Street at the top of Buchanan Street. Buchanan Galleries is under construction, whilst the building on the right was, at that time, the George Hotel. The facade was retained when the building was refurbished a few years after this image was taken

Glasgow_Oct96-11 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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Glasgow School of Art .. Charles Rennie Mackintosh's masterpiece. It is probably the best known building in the city to those who don't live here

Glasgow_Oct96-12 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Glasgow School of Art entrance

Glasgow_Oct96-13 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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Charing Cross ... the M8 underpass effectively cut-off Woodside from Garnethill back in the 1960's

Glasgow_Oct96-14 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

St George's Mansions at Woodlands Road / St George's Road still overlook the junction to the present day

Glasgow_Oct96-15 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

A panoramic view of Charing Cross comprising the previous two images

Glasgow_Oct96-16 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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The fountain at Charing Cross in memory of long-forgotten Glasgow MP Charles Cameron

Glasgow_Oct96-17 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Charing Cross Mansions which were built on the site of a row of Georgian townhouses called Albany Mansions ... a few traces of which are still there to this day

Glasgow_Oct96-18 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

The Mitchell library on North Street ... built at the bequest of Glasgow tobacco merchant Stephen Mitchell

Glasgow_Oct96-19 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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Tay House which dates from the 1990's and was built on the motorway bridge "left over" during motorway construction in the 1960's

Glasgow_Oct96-20 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Another redundant footbridge from the motorway construction era. This was meant to lead to a never-completed part of the Anderston centre development and was finally opened to the public in 2013 as part of a new cycle / pedestrian route. I abseiled down the right face of this building for charity back in 1999

Glasgow_Oct96-21 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

The Glasgow Hilton which opened in 1992 ... with the previously mentioned footbridge crossing the M8 in the foreground

Glasgow_Oct96-22 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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When Anderston station opened on the Glasgow Central Railway back in 1896, Argyle Street was still a continuous street from Trongate to Partick Bridge. Motorway construction for the M8 and Kingston bridge effectively split the street into two halves and left Anderston station isolated under 10 lanes of concrete carrying thousands of motor vehicles which back in 1896 were still very much in their infancy.
The lanes in the foreground are now the start of the Clydeside Expressway which was built around the same time as the motorway and carries traffic from the west in and out of the city centre

Glasgow_Oct96-23 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

A wee row of shops on Argyle Street which ran from Douglas Street to Blythswood Street. They were demolished shortly after this image as part of the Cadogan Square development

Glasgow_Oct96-24 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

The facade of the former Customs warehouse in James Watt Street still stands in isolation to the present day ... despite all the investment in the newly titled International Financial Services District (IFSD)

Glasgow_Oct96-25 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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Modern office development underway in West Campbell Street back in 1996

Glasgow_Oct96-26 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

This brick and glass edifice at the corner of Cadogan Street and Wellington Street still stands, however the building carrying the Cadogan Street sign has been replaced

Glasgow_Oct96-27 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Oswald Street. Intercity house on the left was demolished a few years ago and the site is currently being redeveloped. The Victorian buildings on the right were converted to flats about 10 years ago retaining their original facades

Glasgow_Oct96-28 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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The shopfront of Tower Records on Argyle Street in the shadow of the Heilanman's Umbrella advertises the film Braveheart. One of three massive record shops at the time, the other two being Virgin and HMV in Union Street just around the corner

Glasgow_Oct96-29 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

The present day building on the northeast corner of Argyle Street and Union Street was for many years the premises of Boots the Chemist." Meet me at Boots corner" became part of the Glasgow vernacular still in use today ... with many people being stood-up at the location by a potential romantic partner. Boots no longer have a presence at the location which started life as the Adelphi hotel back in the late 19th century

Glasgow_Oct96-30 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Buchanan Street looking across George Street. The viewpoint for this image today would be the entrance to the Hard Rock cafe which is in the old Athenaeum building on the right

Glasgow_Oct96-31 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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Looking west along Argyle Street from Queen Street showing the entrance to the St Enoch Centre before redevelopment

Glasgow_Oct96-32 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Looking east along Argyle Street towards Trongate from Miller Street. Part of Greek Thomson's Buck's Head Building can be seen on the right housing the Olympus Sports shop

Glasgow_Oct96-33 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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Some views of the original St Enoch Centre which opened in 1989 on the site of the former railway station of the same name. The station closed in 1966 and was demolished in 1977

The food court

Glasgow_Oct96-34 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Looking east

Glasgow_Oct96-35 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Looking west

Glasgow_Oct96-36 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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Debenhams department store which occupies the former premises of Lewis's

Glasgow_Oct96-37 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

The recently closed BHS store

Glasgow_Oct96-38 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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King's Court ... a small row of shops which occupy the arches under the City of Glasgow Union Line off King Street

Glasgow_Oct96-39 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Trongate looking east towards Glasgow Cross. The Mercat building is prominent in the middle of this view. Note also the bright orange SPTE buses of the era

Glasgow_Oct96-40 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Looking north on Saltmarket towards the Tolbooth at Glasgow Cross

Glasgow_Oct96-41 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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Looking south down High Street towards Glasgow Cross. The wall on the left was once part of the massive College goods yard owned by the G&SW railway

Glasgow_Oct96-42 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Looking west along Ingram Street from the High Street. The buildings on the left are unchanged today, however some newer ones have replaced those on the right

Glasgow_Oct96-43 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

The Italian Centre on Ingram Street with the white-painted Hutchesons Hall visible on the John Street corner

Glasgow_Oct96-44 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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Glasgow City Chambers has overlooked George Square since 1888. Mr Happy .. who was part of the Glasgow's Miles Better Campaign brightens up the main entrance

Glasgow_Oct96-45 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

George Street looking east towards George Square, with John Street crossing in the foreground. A view virtually unchanged today

Glasgow_Oct96-46 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Celtic Park viewed from Nuneaton Street with the wasteground left by the former London Road goods yard dominating the scene. This whole area was redeveloped in the run up to the Commonwealth games by the Emirates Arena and other such developments
The new Clyde Gateway road also passes through this area

Glasgow_Oct96-47 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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Some from the Gorbals

Viewed across the former Gushetfaulds freight yard with the original alignment of Caledonia Road / Cathcart Road. Alexander Greek Thomson's Caledonia Road Church (1857) still overlooks the scene today, however the tower blocks at Sandiefield Place were demolished in 2013

Glasgow_Aug96-08 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Caledonia Road looking east. The pubs at the Crown Street junction were some of the few remaining buildings left from the original Gorbals, but were demolished a few years later

Glasgow_Sep96-01 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Laurieston Road looking south with the Castle's cash and carry prominent on the left. Built on part of the site of the former Dixon Blaze's Iron Works in the 1970's it was itself demolished as part of the groundworks for the M74 extension. Tower blocks at Toryglen and Castlemilk (Mitchellhill and Dougrie Place) are also visible

Glasgow_Sep96-02 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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Cumberland Street looking east with the former Cumberland Arcade next to St Francis church in the distance. The arcade and the tower blocks on the left are now demolished as are the left hand pair of those blocks on the right. New housing replaces the wasteland in the foreground

Glasgow_Sep96-03 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Pollokshaws Road at its junction with Cumberland Street. The Brazen Head pub still overlooks this busy junction ... but only buses have been able to travel down from Devon Street along Pollokshaws Road for nearly 20 years

Glasgow_Sep96-04 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

The same junction looking north towards the city centre. The lorry and van would be fined for driving in a bus lane if they tried this today. The tower blocks at Sandyfaulds Place and Norfolk Court which once dominated this view have now all been demolished with the last block being blown down earlier this year

Glasgow_Sep96-05 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
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Abbotsford Place looking north was once lined with beautiful blonde Georgian tenements, which has they survived the wholesale demolition of the 1960's and 70's would be very aspirational properties in the present day. The wall was once part of the playground of Abbotsford Public School, but has since been demolished for another block of flats. Only the railway bridge remains from the past

Glasgow_Sep96-06 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr

Abbotsford Public School was built in 1879 to a design by H&D Barclay and is one of the few remaining buildings of the original Gorbals (although technically this area is called Laurieston). The school had recently closed when this image was taken, with the pupils being relocated up to Cuthbertson Street in Govanhill

Glasgow_Sep96-07 by Alistair Morrow, on Flickr
James

Nice set, M.    

20 years ago, christ on a bike.  



James H
DavidMcD316

Great photos. Very clear memories.

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