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norrie

Springburn in the 1970s

Hi folk, here is a collection of 47 photos of Springburn in the 70s
They were taken by a contact of mine, Robert Jamieson, he now lives in Australia.
I have permission to post them

Auchentoshan Terrace area 1977

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Ayr st from Flemington st 1977
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Ayr st Vulcan st 1977

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Ayr st Vulcan st 1977

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Bedlay st Petershill rd 1977

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Bedley st demolition 1977


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Bedley st demolition

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Broomknows rd Barmulloch rd 1977

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Croftbank st from Wellfield st 1977

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Flemington st  Ayr st,looking to Springburn rd 1977


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Hillkirk st from Springburn rd 1977

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Leckithill st just off Springburn rd 1977


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Looking down Edgefauld rd to Forresthall 1977

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looking up Northcroft rd 1977


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Mollinsburn st, sighthill church on the left, Hydepark school on the right and bedley st going up hill 1977

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Petershill rd Bedley st 1977
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Springburn rd from Ayr st 1977

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Springburn from Edgefauld rd 1977

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Springburn from Edgefauld rd 1977

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Springburn from Edgefauld rd 1977

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Springburn rd from Northcroft st 1977

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Springburn railway station Springburn rd 1977


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Springburn rd 1977
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More to follow, norrie
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Springburn rd 1977


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Springburn rd 1977

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Springburn rd 1977


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Springburn rd balgrayhill rd 1977

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Springburn rd Flemington st 1977


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Springburn rd Flemington st 1977


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Springburn rd from Queenshill st 1977

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Springburn rd Hillkirk pl 1977

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Springburn rd looking to Balgrayhill rd 1977

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Springburn rd near Kay st 1977


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Springburn rd Queenshill st 1977


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Tenements from Flemington st 1977

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Vulcan st 1977

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Wellfield st from Edgefauld rd rd 1977

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Wellfield st from Northcroft rd 1977


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Wellfield st looking to Northcroft rd 1977

Fjord

Nice collection Norrie  
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Wellfield st , lower end 1977

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Well thats all from this great collection from Robert Jamieson, I only wish he had taken more.
No matter, a few gaps have been filled in the Springburn area

Bye for now, norrie


Wellfield st , near edgefauld rd 1977


norrie

Hi Fjord, I wish I had been into photography in those days.

I have photographed all the remaining tenements in Springburn, if there is any interest in them I will post them.
I might just post them anyway  

Bye for now, norrie
Fjord

You must have quite a few potential Past Present pics out of that lot worth posting.
norrie

Hi fjord, I could well have some but I didnt take the photos with that in mind.
I dont think I have the time to do it but never say never.

Bye for now, norrie
Doog Doog

A great wee collection,Norrie  
John

Nice collection there Norrie, thank Mr Jamieson for letting us see them
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Hi scary, I thought you would like them.
How many more collections are laying about that we have yet to see.
Bye for now, norrie
Flash1974

Nice One Norrie  

I was having a scan at your Fairfield Pics, my Grandfather worked there between 1963 and 1979 - good seein what the place was like, good that its been saved.
norrie

Hi flash, I think there has been a few new fabrication buildings since 1979
I must ask a friend of mine what he has from an earlier trip to that yard.
I took my camra too, took loads of photos, silly me didnt put the spool in right and got no photos

Bye for now, norrie
birdfeeder

I loved looking at these photos and thank you for posting them.  It was a bit worrying seeing the reality and having to adjust the old memory:) I spent some of my childhood there, including my first Saturday job in Springburn Road.  One photo shows the shop front, although I think the business had gone in 1977.  
Cheers, carolyn
norrie

Hi Birdfeeder, glad you liked the photos
sprinburn boy

norrie wrote:
Broomknows rd Barmulloch rd 1977



I was the postman here about 30 years ago and as I first looked at the picture I was just thinking that a mate of mine used to go up to his Ma's for his lunch . . . .  and guess what? . . . there's the post office van on the left LOL LOVE IT!!
sprinburn boy

norrie wrote:
Leckithill st just off Springburn rd 1977



Jeffrey and Joe's the Barbers . . . .  . I dont need them anymore lol
Crackin' Posts Norrie.
Iused to work in Galbraiths at Kay street at the weekends and ran over every Saturday to Castles to buy the latest Stranglers or Sex Pistols single lol
cybers

sprinburn boy wrote:
norrie wrote:
Leckithill st just off Springburn rd 1977



Jeffrey and Joe's the Barbers . . . .  . I dont need them anymore lol
Crackin' Posts Norrie.
Iused to work in Galbraiths at Kay street at the weekends and ran over every Saturday to Castles to buy the latest Stranglers or Sex Pistols single lol


Cracking photo ... amazed by the amount of rust on that Hillman Hunter's sills  
norrie

Hi Cybers, Rust, British cars, went together like ham and Eggs
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Hi Springburnboy, glad you liked Roberts photos, it was kind of him to  allow me to post them.
trolleybus

Still remember being sent at 11 o'clock at night in all weathers to the bank in Springburn Rd to buy the early editions of the Daily Record and Daily Express.
Through all those empty streets at 11 years old.
Same guy, who looked liked Dracula btw, sold them late night newspapers for years.
Last i saw of him in the 1990s, he was raking the litter bins for ginger bottles in a garage in Springburn

Fireman

I arrived at Springburn Fire Station as a brand new Leading Fireman in 1976 and my first nightshift was spent (between fire calls) with the rest of the crews watching wee rubber-legged men staggering out of the Kerry Inn and straight into the Kerry Out.

We watched one bunneted gent managing to grab a lamp-post as we were turned out to Blackhill and he was still hanging on to it when we got back about an hour later. I went over to see if I could help him and all he asked was if I could "haud oan'ty this f'in lamp-post son as it keeps jumping oot in front o' me every time I try tae to let go" - and you know, I did as he asked and he got away fine.  
cybers

There is just something so Glasgow about that .... Thanks for the giggle  
Stuball

Kerry Inn and Kerry Oot... I can see a business plan forming
Vinny the Mackem

Doesn't sound like a great business model.  Too much of a Kerry On ...


I presume that's my coat??  
Doorstop

Excellent FM .. forwarded on to my brother - leading firefighter at Cowcaddens. blue watch.
wellfield

Enjoyed my nostalgic trip around my old streets Norrie...even saw the spare ground where my old tenement stood on Wellfield St,and it's still bare to this very day in 2012!!...makes ye' wonder about their rhyme and reason for killing off a whole area!!
Vinny the Mackem

You wonder how much of it was less about the major social housing problems, and more about shunting punters out of the Glasgow City/Corporation conurbation altogether.  Gorbals, Kelvinhaugh (where my folks originate) some of Partick, Cowcaddens, etc etc, together with Springburn a bit later.  I know a lot of these folk remained within the Glasgow boundary - Easterhouse, the Drum, Castlemilk etc, but how many went further afield, East Kilbride, Cumbernauld etc?

Get rid of the poor housing, get rid of half the punters at the same time?
Vinny the Mackem

And I've just noticed I don't have an avatar.  Thought I did.  Must get one!  
Stuball

Vinny the Mackem wrote:
And I've just noticed I don't have an avatar.  Thought I did.  Must get one!  


A Sunderland flag?
Vinny the Mackem

Well, it is the obvious choice, isn't it!

My avatar on a somehwat similar, but unmentionable, website is nicked from a certain corporation which may broadcast in Britain.  Might do the same here!
norrie

Hi wellfield, Im glad you enjoyed the look back at your old stomping ground, thanks goodness for guys like Robert

Bye for now, norrie
badger

loved the collection although it was Sighthill i stayed back then i remember all those places, many thanks to the man who took those pics,
andyblair1972

norrie wrote:
Croftbank st from Wellfield st 1977



For the first 2 years of my life, I lived 17 floors up in the block at the top of the hill. My mum eventually managed to get an exchange with tenants on nearby Cockmuir Street - where I lived for the next 18 years before flying from the nest. I didn't think I had many fond memories of Springburn, we didn't part on good terms and my mum had a particularly hard life having come to Scotland after the war from Germany with my dad, who was in the British Army. This image however is one that is ingrained in my memory. Taken from wasteground where I used to play on the steps and foundations of the old tenements that used to stand there, my old nursery, Wellfield, will be directly behind where the photographer stood to capture this scene. When the new Springburn Shopping Centre was built, my mum used to do the weekly shop there. When she was done, she would call from the payphone for help with the bags and so I would dash to this point and then along the road leading into the photo. This would take you out onto the top of that weird, flattened mound of rubble slightly above centre of the picture. You could cross the busy main road from there and descend down the steps to the shopping centre. My mum hated using the pedestrian underpass, which went through the mound of rubble left of centre. I think she thought it was too dark and claustrophobic. I remember it being horribly blackened once, after someone set fire to a stolen car in it. Listen to me rambling on like an old man... I'm 'only' 40... Thanks for the images and reconnecting me with my childhood    
andyblair1972

norrie wrote:
Looking down Edgefauld rd to Forresthall 1977



I can hear the sound of Strathclyde Transport No 4 bus toiling to get up this hill. As a kid, I remember the driver would start accelerating hard from *Petershill* Road to get a good run at it. There was a bus stop right at the foot of the hill though, so all would be lost if somebody wanted on or off... We used to race our home-made wooden 'carties' down here My brother came off a skateboard once at speed and left most of the skin off his backside on the pavement...
I have 2 boys of my own now and the thought of them playing on the hill makes me shudder! I guess only now I realise what it is to be a worried parent

*edit*
norrie

Hi andyblair1972, dont you mean Petershill rd?
cybers

Foresthall is last on the left norrie before Petershill.
norrie

Hi Cybers, woops wrong road, would the bus have had to drive fast up Edgefauld rd, off  Petershill rd, to get up that hill
cybers

The old shooglie LA's  might but modern buses would climb that and no even break a sweat.
andyblair1972

norrie wrote:
Hi andyblair1972, dont you mean Petershill rd?

Hi Norrie - yeah, sorry, I meant Petershill Road! I'm sure it was old Leyland Atlantean buses they used to operate on the 4 and 4a service and they used to crawl up there in first gear if they got stopped at the bottom - especially if they were full.
norrie

Hi Cybers, right enough the old buses did struggle
Vinny the Mackem

Slightly further west in the city, but it wasn't too long ago that a bus I was on turning from Dorchester Avenue onto Cleveden Road had to chuck everyone off because it couldn't get to the top of the hill with all the passengers on!  That bus was significantly more modern than an Atlantean!  
DavidMcD316

norrie wrote:
Looking down Edgefauld rd to Forresthall 1977



can see my work at the bottom of the hill...well its not built yet!
andyblair1972

DavidMcD316 wrote:
norrie wrote:
Looking down Edgefauld rd to Forresthall 1977



can see my work at the bottom of the hill...well its not built yet!


Trying to remember what was at the bottom of the hill... I'm having vague recollections of building called Remploy - and a motorbike shop? Possibly called Flemings? I guess Blindcraft hadn't been built yet and would probably be hidden by that corner of Wellfield Nursery wall at the right of the photo...
me

as far as i know you got all that spot on andy
dickyhart

andyblair1972 wrote:
DavidMcD316 wrote:
norrie wrote:
Looking down Edgefauld rd to Forresthall 1977



can see my work at the bottom of the hill...well its not built yet!


Trying to remember what was at the bottom of the hill... I'm having vague recollections of building called Remploy - and a motorbike shop? Possibly called Flemings? I guess Blindcraft hadn't been built yet and would probably be hidden by that corner of Wellfield Nursery wall at the right of the photo...


Yes it was flemings motorbike shop. The owner used to let us sit on the bikes when we were lads.
Hamski

andyblair1972 wrote:
Looking down Edgefauld rd to Forresthall 1977



can see my work at the bottom of the hill...well its not built yet![/quote]

Trying to remember what was at the bottom of the hill... I'm having vague recollections of building called Remploy - and a motorbike shop? Possibly called Flemings? I guess Blindcraft hadn't been built yet and would probably be hidden by that corner of Wellfield Nursery wall at the right of the photo...[/quote]

On a sidenote,you were in my class at school.Primary and Secondary.
Lobey Dosser

norrie wrote:
Springburn rd Flemington st 1977




norrie wrote:
Springburn rd Flemington st 1977




The name of the Chemist's shop shown (on the right) was McNees. But I clearly remember a "zebra crossing" running across Springburn Rd, in front of McNee's, in the early/mid 1960's. There was also a grocer's shop (not visible in photo) next door to McNee's, on Springburn Rd. I believe it was a Cochrane's, but I could be wrong. And there was also a pub (name?) at or near the opposite corner of Flemington St and Springburn Rd. Plus a large department store opposite McNee's, on Springburn Rd. (Hoey's?). The fire station was diagonally across from McNee's, I think
Lobey Dosser

norrie wrote:
Flemington st  Ayr st,looking to Springburn rd 1977




If this is looking up Flemington St towards Springburn Rd, the description given doesn't seem to fit. NB Loco was definitely on the corner of Ayr St & Flemington St. And I don't think there was another street on the left of Flemington St, between Ayr St &  Springburn Rd.
norrie

Hi Lobeydosser, fancy seeing you on UG
Lobey Dosser

norrie wrote:
Hi Lobeydosser, fancy seeing you on UG


Aye, I was after Rank Bajin when Elfidido lost a shoe, so I've had to rely on an old Claude Butler to get me around......
norrie

Hi Lobeydosser, I will get back to you re address's
norrie

Hi Lobeydoser, there is a street off Flemington st, Valleyfield st, then its Ayr st
The photos came from a guy in OZ and he had IDd them when he took them in the 70s, I accepted what he said but they were checked against old Springburn maps
Lobey Dosser

norrie wrote:
Hi Lobeydoser, there is a street off Flemington st, Valleyfield st, then its Ayr st
The photos came from a guy in OZ and he had IDd them when he took them in the 70s, I accepted what he said but they were checked against old Springburn maps


Hi, Norrie -- I lived at 64 Flemington St about 61/62 years ago, when I was 5/6 years old. As I recall, our close was the first one around the corner from Ayr St, and we definitely lived directly opposite the NB Loco Works, which was on the opposite corner of Flemington St and Ayr St. (This is shown as the small cross-hatched area in the top right corner of your map.)

I well remember Adamswell St, Ayr St (and the library at the far end of Ayr St, near the "railway steps") as well as Flemington St and Springburn Rd.

I guess as I'm getting older, my memory is fading like "snow aff a dyke" but I can't for the life of me remember Valleyfield St being there...... although I DO remember steps going up to Adamswell St. which was on a higher level than Flemington St - but I can't remember where the steps were exactly. I'm guessing they were at the end of Valleyfield St.

What puzzles me about the photo (last one on page 9) is that Ayr St definitely ran ACROSS both sides of Flemington St (even the map shows that) but the photo (not the map!) shows no Äyr St on the left side of Flemington St. In fact, there's a lampost there.

If the street shown further up on the left side of the pic (where the cars are parked) IS Ayr St, then where is the NB Loco Works? And where is Valleyfield St?....THAT'S why I think the pic description may just possibly be wrong......

P.S. The large building in the centre of the photo (which looks as if it's sitting in the centre of Flemington St) COULD be NB Loco due to its roofline. But if that's NB loco, then the photo was taken from further down Flemington St, NOT at Ayr St.

PPS. Do you have a map showing more of Flemington St, to the right of the map above? If so could you post it? Thanks!
norrie

Hi Lobby Dosser if you look at the end of Valleyfield st you will see a set of steps to Adamswell st
I cant argue with somebody who lived there but I will check this photo out, I dont like wrongly titled photos
norrie

Hi Lobey Dosser, here is a copy of a Springburn map
If its too small I can email it to you


norrie

Hi Lobey Dosser, does this photo help
I am guessing the large space to the left was the railway works

Ayr st from Flemington st, 1977
me

the pic could be right as when ayr st crosses flemington st it does it at an angle....on the left hand side (as you look at the pic) ayr st is/was a few meters further down the road so the angle of the photo could just miss the corner.....if that makes any sense.

if you zoom in to the photo you can see the public halls (in the centre) then springburn road (where the bus is) so it must be vallyfield st on the left which means it must be the corner of ayr st where the photo was taken.

i think the loco works would have been right behind the photgrapher
Lobey Dosser

norrie wrote:
Hi Lobey Dosser, does this photo help
I am guessing the large space to the left was the railway works

Ayr st from Flemington st, 1977


Hi, Norrie - Yes it COULD be Ayr St, looking DOWN Flemingon St, with the vacant ground on the left being the site of the former NB Loco works. (If you look closely at the kerbs, you'll see that Ayr St continues across Flemington St to the left of this pic.)

If it is, compare this Ayr St location (and the NB Loco building's former location) in THIS photo to the photo on page 9, and you'll see that the page 9 photo couldn't have been taken at Ayr St, looking UP Flemington St. That photo would HAVE to have been taken from quite a bit further down Flemington St.

As proof of my claim, the photo on page 9 doesn't show any part of Ayr St on the lefthand side, where the lampost is located in the same pic, yet the MAP shows Ayr St running off both sides of Flemington St.  And if Ayr St is where the cars are parked a little farther up, on the left of the pic on page 9, where is the NB Loco works?

To sum it all up, I think the page 9 photo was taken from a point farther down Flemington St around where Teacher's Whisky Distillery was later located - NOT from Ayr St.

If the NB Loco Works *IS* the building shown on the page 9 photo, way up Flemington St, and if I'm correct, then the page 9 photo definitely wasn't taken from Ayr St, as The NB Loco Works was right at the corner of Ayr St and Flemington St, where the fence is shown in *this* pic
Lobey Dosser

OK. I've taken another look at the pics and the map, and I think what "Me" says does make a lot of sense.....

Using Me's description, if the photographer stood on the corner where NB Loco was formerly located, with NB Loco at his right shoulder, and took the shot looking up Flemington St,  he could have missed out any view of the kerb on the diagonally-opposite corner of Ayr St.

And as I look at the location of the lamppost (L.H. side of page 9 pic), it looks as if it could be exactly the same lamppost shown on the right hand side of the page 10 pic.

This would mean (as Me says) that the cars on the left of page 9 pic are parked on Valleyfield St.

Sorry...My bad! Give the photographer back his camera, with my abject apologies!
norrie

Ho Lobey dosser, dont worry about it, you have been away too long and anyway I would rather be corrected than have a photo wrongly titled
Jinnek1314

norrie wrote:
Bedlay st Petershill rd 1977



I lived in the tenement on the right in Bedlay St. Went to the school behind, 1949-51, when we moved to Woodlands Rd. My abiding memory is of me and another two boys walking down the St. on the the other side to our house, arms linked behind our backs, shouting "We won the war" and a cop giving us hell for it.

Missed a typo on the third line, "on the" twice.
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