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Glasgow in the 1970s - Last days of the Old Gorbals
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 15, 2009 12:27 am    Post subject: Glasgow in the 1970s - Last days of the Old Gorbals  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Ok, by popular demand, a first public airing for some b&w photos I took with a Yashica 44 (from Charles Frank in the Saltmarket) in 1973. The destruction of the Gorbals was well under way by then, some tower blocks already built and most of the remaining tenements and churches  derelict and not long for this world, but enough, just enough, remained to give a hint of the atmosphere of the area.

Cathcart Rd and Crown St. W.G.Rowan’s fine neo-Romanesque St Ninian’s Wynd Church stood, a dark red sandstone half-kirk half-fortress, guarding the eastern south entry to the Gorbals. Built in 1888 as the Wynd U F Church, it united with St Ninian’s Parish Church after the reconciliation between the Free and Established churches.  April 1973




Along with the integrated manse and medical mission and the linked tenement block it made a very satisfying composition, and it survived for longer than most of the Gorbals did, but it was all ruthlessly swept away some time in the 1980s.  April 1973



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Cathcart Rd and Thistle St.  April 1973




Thistle St, south end.  April 1973



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Cathcart Rd and Caledonia Rd. Alexander Thomson’s wonderful Caledonia Rd U F Church (1856). It is one of Glasgow’s greatest buildings - indeed one of the greatest 19th century buildings anywhere; yet in a way only too characteristic of Glasgow, the church, after years of ill-treatment amounting to dereliction, has been gutted by fire . . .   In almost any other country than our own, so great a work of art would call out enthusiastic and complete restoration as a matter of course.   (Architecture of Glasgow, Gomme and Walker).  April 1973




Caledonia Rd and Hospital St.  November 1973



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Some details of the Caledonia Rd church.  December 1975



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Hospital St, what was left of the south end.  April 1973

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Maxwelton’s braes are bonny, whaur early fa’s the dew . . . . The last of the back-court singers, behind the tenements on the west side of Crown St.  April 1973




Crown St, south end of the east side.  April 1973

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Kidston St at Crown St.  April 1973




Kidston St. Camden St School, which had been closed for some time.  April 1973

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Crown St, east side at Kidston St. St Ninian’s Parish Church.  Crown St was still reasonably well populated (though not for much longer), as can be seen from the number of people making their homeward way at about 5pm on Thursday 30th August 1973




Crown St, east side, south of Caledonia Rd.  August 1973

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Crown St, west side, south of Caledonia Rd.  April 1973




Crown St, west side, north of Cumberland St.  April 1973

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Crown St, west side, south of Cleland St.  September 1973




Crown St, west side, north of Cleland St.  March 1973



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