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kev

Wasteland in Townhead

When out taking some past presents last week I noticed this bit of derelict ground  just south of where Parly road would have been..looks as if it has been like this for years..thought it might be an old school playground or the like..any ideas








James

Re: Wasteland in Townhead

kev9 wrote:
When out taking some past presents last week I noticed this bit of derelict ground  just south of where Parly road would have been..looks as if it has been like this for years..thought it might be an old school playground or the like..any ideas




Hi Kev.

The first pic was the site of a single storey wooden framed building. The second
pic had a 2 or 3 storey 50s built (?) flat roofed building. They were both part of
the former Allan Glens School, and were both demolished, IIRC around 1998.
There was talk of flats on the site but nothing has happened.








James H
me

what software did you use to do that to your pics james?
wee minx

Crayons?  
Looks like a photoshop thingie?
James

Paint Shop Pro 5 - an old program...



James H
HollowHorn

Much like it's user.  
James

HollowHorn wrote:
Much like it's user.  

Indeed.

Though, I've actually introduced this smiley in your honour. Hope ye like it...





James H
me

cheers

ive got a later version...ill give it a go
jim53

these look like my old school, st davids primary.
scotty1965

I Think it was St David's too (also my old school) . There was a door on the second floor of the school that led to the top playground for Allan Glens.   I think the smaller wooden building was an annex of the City Public building.
norrie

Hi james73, those old shots show how many streets have been cleared in that area
cybers

I guess the same could be said for huge areas Norrie as you have proved yourself with the Gorbals and Maryhill and the eye openers from Streapadair and Kev but as a quick point of reference.



the tenement on the bottom right with the circular protruded staircase...
Did that photo not apear on here from the backcourt and someone wondering where it was located or were there many of this style.
James

This? http://urbanglasgow.co.uk/about2358.html

I think they were quite common.



James H
cybers

Nah i was thinking out loud about a few months back James not that one.
It was just something about those circular external staircases that jarred the thought
norrie

Hi Cybers, Abbotsford Place, Gorbals, had that type of out house, not so sure they were stairways, outside toilets????
Beano

norrie wrote:
Hi Cybers, Abbotsford Place, Gorbals, had that type of out house, not so sure they were stairways, outside toilets????
Norrie I'm sure there were some in Main street too.
norrie

Hi beano, what Main st?
Thats the one thing that in photographing all of Glasgow remaining tenements I regret, no back court shots, controlled entry on most of them.
Beano

norrie wrote:
Hi beano, what Main st?
Thats the one thing that in photographing all of Glasgow remaining tenements I regret, no back court shots, controlled entry on most of them.
Norrie ....Main street Bridgeton, as I recall you went through a penn and the tenements had a turret staircase.
norrie

Hi beano, Ok got you now
The spiral staircase, I am thinking it wasnt in the tower, that was the toilets
Reason for me saying that was I lived in a tenement in Springburn with outside toilets, not a spiral stair case but the toilets were attached to the tenement but they were square.

Of course I am assuming the building didn't have inside toilets in the flats

Anybody got plans of these buildings?

Bye for now, norrie
3rd-of-6

norrie wrote:
Hi beano, what Main st?
Thats the one thing that in photographing all of Glasgow remaining tenements I regret, no back court shots, controlled entry on most of them.


Is that not what the Service button is for  

although I dare say you'ld end up having to explain what you were doing quite a lot and theres always the chance of  
norrie

Hi 3rd of 6, correct, and if there are kids in the back court playing, no chance of photos
Some day some brave guy can follow in my footsteps and photograph the back courts, it wont be me
streapadair

norrie wrote:
Hi Cybers, Abbotsford Place, Gorbals, had that type of out house, not so sure they were stairways, outside toilets????


Hi Norrie, No, in this instance they were staircases. Toilets were inside the flats, very upmarket for the time. Baths even.
norrie

Hi Strepadair, Ok thats it sorted, I get it now
pdxpop

I believe it was my Mums & Grans school City Public & St Davids is also shown there.
mcgubligan

pdxpop wrote:
I believe it was my Mums & Grans school City Public & St Davids is also shown there.


First post!

The photos are of St Davids Primary but one or two include the adjacent City Public school - the red building. As you can see, the main City Public building was intact at the time the pics were taken - still is, I believe (2014), though the school closed a long time ago.

The separate entrances for both schools were from tall gates on St James's Rd. At the top of the stairs, on the left-hand side was a wooden building that was used in the early sixties for the youngest kids. (Later on in the 60s, the same building was used by City Public secondary pupils).

On the right-hand side (nearest where the block of flats can be seen) was the main St Davids building. Between them was the main playground and sheds, whih backed on to the grey concrete walls shown.

Across from those walls and stairs was the small dinner school (not shown on the pics), facing McAslin St.

At the back of the main building were the toilets - reasonably nice ones! - and two smaller  playgrounds (one for the boys and one for the girls), more sheds and another set of stairs down. A high wall surrounded the school on the sides facing onto St James's Rd and McAslin St.

There was once a big derelict house behind the back of St Davids, just a few yards left of where the block of flats is shown. It towered above the back playgrounds, standing on the hill very close to Allan Glens school. I can picture it now and it makes me think of Norman Bates' house in Psycho. I always wanted to know about that big house (we called it a mansion) and its history, but I'm none the wiser today.

I was a pupil of both schools in the sixties. At the time I left St Davids, the head teacher was a Mr Mutch, as I recall.

If you're still reading the UG forums, can you say when your mum and gran attended?

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