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Hugo Drax

The Heart of Glasgow

I have recently finished re-reading the Jack House book The Heart of Glasgow for about the 10th time and am in the middle of reading The Second City by CA Oakley. I have greatly enjoyed both books with their descriptions and anecdotes of old Glasgow. I can highly recommend them to anyone looking for a fun and easily readable introduction to the history of our city.

I have read many books about the history and growth of Glasgow and most of them discuss the eight oldest streets out of which Glasgow grew.
The books contain many details of the architecture and artefacts of these streets, some of which may still be seen today if you look carefully.

This project will focus on all of the above streets and the intention is to capture the distinct sights and character of each street in both pictures and words. This will build up into a body of work covering the core of the old city.

We do not have to stick rigidly to the specific buildings etc mentioned in the books although I will make a point of posting snippets from the books with relevant photographs.

There will be a degree of overlap with other threads but that only adds to the interest.

Great idea, Mr Drax. You may also enjoy "Glasgow" by Irene Maver (Edinburgh University Press, 2000). A more modern and better sourced book.

for what it is worth,my father  got some books at crimbo purporting to be the real gorbals story.he was born in bridgeton on may day 1929 and brought up in the gorbals .he said the books are full of balloney.
Alex Glass

I have just read "The Heart of Glasgow" it is a great book to get you started and hopefully like me get you reading other Glasgow related books.

Jack House was a great advocate for Glasgow and passionate about the city.

Looking forward to seeing how this thread develops Hugo. Well done

Great start.
Alex Glass


It is difficult to see the clear line of Drygate as it was so I took some photos of the houses which I think follow the line that the street once took.

Has anyone seen any old photos of Drygate?
Alex Glass


There isn't much left of the old Rottenrow and certainly nothing which goes as far back as the original street.

Rottenrow Maternity Hospital will have been well known to many Glaswegians of a certain age. It is almost all gone but there are still some remnants of it remaining.

It is possible to walk from Montrose Street through to High Street but you can see that the University grounds have all but taken away the street form.

There is a Garden of Rememberance on the left as you walk toward High Street.

With a great water feature down at the bottom.

After the garden you need to walk to the stairs in front to keep on the line of the old street.

Back down the stairs at the sculpture before you can see that the street is still there at the other end.

Looking back you you get a feel for just how much this street has changed to the point where it has almost disappeared.

And back down toward the Barony Church which is the oldest remaining building at the corner of Rottenrow and High Street.

Like the west end  there are some old walls preserves which indicate the last remains of what previously was here.

Looking west you can see the new with the old.


Cracking Set Alex.
My how its changed. Though the Uni green place is exactly as i remember it...

Right, we have a problem here. Now as you'all know, I'd rather perform surgery on my left nut than piss off Admin, but..........

What we need here is a whole new site section called 'Glasgow's Original Eight Streets' Within this section we should have threads on each of those eight streets and titled as such. This idea is far too big for one thread. It will get pulled this way and that & will never remain true to the original idea. We all of us have masses of info / photographs already on hand to do these threads justice, but just think of the impetus we will have each time we walk these eight streets, we will always be searching for something new, be it a photograph, an article, a reference or an aside, this one will run as long as the site does. At my age I very rarely get excited, but I have a hard on for this one.

HH...Head of marketing, UG.Com.

Pee ess......I belive that Sir Alex has already started us off.  

Hollowhorn wrote: Pee ess......I belive that Sir Alex has already started us off.

You took that too far If Alex isnt suitably embarassed by that then I am for him.

Will this operation be performed on webcam ?      
Could market it as pay for view with all those OUCH-potatoes.    
wee minx

Good idea Hugo  

Pee'd need to sew it back on first HH  
Alex Glass

Scary wrote:
Hollowhorn wrote: Pee ess......I belive that Sir Alex has already started us off.

You took that too far If Alex isnt suitably embarassed by that then I am for him.


wee minx

I got the book at the library today...looks good i've looked at the pictures, I'd better read it  
Alex Glass

Glasgow Cathedral

David Daiches – Glasgow (1977)
Chapter 1
From Legend into History
“Those who know Glasgow today might be surprised to learn that its history begins in sanctity. The first clear historical fact about the city is the appointment and consecration of Bishop John Achaius to the see of Glasgow in 1114-18. Bishop John began the construction of Glasgow Cathedral about 1124 and the building, of stone and wood was consecrated on 7 July 1136 in the presence of King David I, that ‘sair sanct for the Crown’ who helped to impoverish later Scottish kings by his lavish grants to the Church. The Cathedral was built by the Molendinar burn, which rose in Hogganfield Loch and flowed south-west into the Clyde, before the Victoriana made it into an underground sewer: the site was considered especially holy for there St Mungo was supposed to have built his original wooden church. St Mungo (Celtic ‘my dear one’) was the affectionate name given to St Kentigern: he is Glasgow’s patron saint and he and the legends associated with him figure prominently on the city’s coat of arms. The story of his life that has come down to us, narrated by the late twelfth- century Jocelin, a monk of Furness, is almost pure legend, but the earlier chronicle known as the Annales Cambriae records the death of ‘Conthigirnus’ as having occurred in the year 612, and this we may accept.”

The route once taken by the Molendinar Burn now Wishart Street.

Jack House – The Heart of Glasgow (1965)
Chapter 2
The Beginning of Glasgow
“The Molendinar of course, was the beautiful burn at the foot of the glen. The grey rock was later called the Fir Park.”

“St Mungo established is monastery on the green hill overlooking the Molendinar Burn.”

Fir Park now the site of the Necropolis


Three copies available (as of to-day) from:

Also two hardback copies of Oakley's 'Second City' Plus dozens of other books on Glasgow at very reasonable prices.
wee minx

Jack House book The Heart of Glasgow ...just finished it....excellent.  What would have been good is if there was a wee map of the route he took you, with points marked on it.  I will have to read it again to make sure i got all the wee bits of info I might have missed
Alex Glass

A map

Alex Glass

Old Glasgow University/College


Alex Glass wrote:

Sorry for the hi-jack, but I referenced this very building in the 'Is this the ugliest
building in Scotland'
thread the other day. *That* is an abomination.  

James H
Alex Glass


Sorry James

Just had to laugh
Alex Glass

Heart Of Glasgow by Jack House

The Bookworld Shop on Argyle Street have stocks of this book at a bargain price of £3.00.

The shop is located next to Argyle Street Railway Station.

Great Christmas present

Alex....first time I've seen this thread, good work, info and photographs mate    
Alex Glass

Thanks Beano

Hopefully I will get the chance to get out and get more photos bases on the Heart of Glasgow's original streets over the next few months.

Thats the good thing about this kind of thread it can be picked up after such a long time and brough back to life. So hopefully others will join in an see what we can do to get it going again. Forum Index -> Urban Adventures, Exploration & Photography
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