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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2011 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Govan Press - Nitshill Regeneration page 2

Old photo of Pollok Library on Peat Road



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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2011 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Alex Glass wrote:


Old photo of Pollok Library on Peat Road





Thanks for posting this, Alex.

Judging by the building's condition, I reckon this photo was taken not long before the library was closed and demolished, to be replaced by chalet-style housing.

I regret not taking any photos when it was still quite new, as it was a pretty spectacular building with its multi-angled roof, although you can hardly see it from this elevation.

On a slightly related note, I understand the nearby URC Church on the corners of Househillwood Road and Lunderston/Glenlora Drives is to be demolished (and no doubt replaced by more wooden chalets), with the congregation moving into the old St. Roberts Hall.
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I came across all your great chats this morning when I googled 'Craigbank'. My man and I were talking about neighbourhoods getting together to create a sustainable community electricity supply (as you do).
Anyway I was telling him about the central boiler house which supplied the whole of Craigbank, where I grew up, with constant hot water and central heating from September to April.
Well it's now 2 am the following morning and what a blast it's been reading everyone's posts. It's brought back faded memories, clarified others and had me jumping up and down to come in on some of your chats.
My family moved to Craigbank from Maryhill in 1954. I left for sunny Cumbernauld in 1971. (Ended myself when your response to "Where did everyone go when they knocked down South Nitshill was "Cumbernauld!".) My parents finally got their lifelong dream of having their 'own door' in 1977, and returned to the north side of the river to live in Knightswood. However they both returned to the Southside where they brought up their family - Mum passing away last September at 92 in her care home in Shields Road and Dad still thriving at 93 in Crossmyloof.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 25, 2011 8:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

 to Urban Glasgow maggiea glad you enjoyed the chats. I think there is a photo of that central heating building somewhere on here.

Hope you enjoy looking through the other sections to find the photos of Craigbank that have been posted.

Neil you are correct on the plans to demolish the church. Rosehill have negotiated the sale and the church will move to the hall on Peat Road. As for the kind of housed I am sure Rosehill will be building the most suitable houses to accommodate those people on their waiting list.
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Yes, I read that post Alex. Have read from beginning to end of all the threads!!
I'll talk about Craigbank another time 'cos what fascinated me most on that post was the writer talking about Nitshill Socialist Sunday School. I didn't think anyone was aware of that apart from the people who went to it. So I think it may have been Irene, who also lived right beside the boiler house and got its first heat every morning.

The photo you posted, I've seen before, but it was a bit wee to make out this time. On it are lots of familiar faces, all the families who attended and a good one of my big brother all done up in his trendy gear and quiffed hair.
The pic was taken on May Day-first Sunday in May. We were decorating our lorry which some may remember was a feature of the MayDay parades. After that everyone piled on and we all rode on the back of the lorry into George Square singing and waving as we went. From there the march assembled, to head out to Queen's Park with all the children still on the decorated lorries and still singing and waving.

Another reason for celebrating May Day was that it was the beginning of the rambling season.
From September to April every Sunday morning we headed to Nitshill Public Halls (in later years to the old Levern School) for Sunday School where we learned very humanistic lessons on life - respect and equality for all no matter their station in life; love of nature; craft; singing; Scottish country dancing which my wee mammy taught us. Our choir was the wee-est, but always won our competitions at the Pollok Festival every March!

May day marked the end of that for the summer months and every Sunday morning May to September we gathered behind the 'Co' building at the 48 bus terminus in Cleeves road then headed out for the day to the dams, Glennifer Braes, Neilston or wherever. I remember my dad always had a big lump of chalk which he marked the road with arrows to show any late comers the direction we were headed.
When we got out to Darnley we were joined by our pals from Priesthill who'd walked down the path from Glenmuir to Darnley.

On the holiday weekends - Easter, May and September we would hire a bus and head to the Youth Hostels for the weekend and at the Glasgow Fair fortnight to Arran camping in Catacol Bay with the Clarion Camping Club.

What a very fortunate childhood to lead! I'm ever grateful to the adults who gave us so much of their time energy and love. We were a close, safe supportive community of families and friends

Not many folk knew about the SSS's existence, but it was a very
significant part of working class history in Glasgow, Scotland and UK from the 1920's (I think) till the '70's.  A few years ago my parents were interviewed by BBC Radio Scotland about the children's organisation.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 26, 2011 5:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Ah sorry Alex, I was so excited writing my reply to you that I didn't realise- the post about Nitshill Socialist Sunday School and photos of Craigbank were in 'The Hidden Glasgow Forums' not 'Urban Glasgow'.

You must be wondering what on earth I was talking about!

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wow fantastic photos there neilmc

Could that tree (far left be the one in front of the gas houses in Whitacres Road road ?

Its still there in a little patch of green between the new houses.

I think that hedge would be around Whinfield road.

Would love to see more of that video

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I think that tree is the one that used to be in the middle of the 'roundabout' at the bus terminus.

Apparently the video is now on DVD: I wonder if the picture quality is any better:-
http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Glasgow...s_DVDs_GL&hash=item2a135d735d
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

neilmc wrote:
I think that tree is the one that used to be in the middle of the 'roundabout' at the bus terminus.


Yeah it could be its hard to gauge angles from one photo.

There were  two trees on the roundabout and two across the road to the left of the shops looking from parkhouse.

looking again it is on top of the hill so more likely one of the roundabout trees.

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Hi Urbanglasgow, I hope Im not going off topic with this,. I was reading an online book and came across this wee story of buried treasure? Somewhere roundabout the Barrhead Dams area, would anyone from Nitshill and surrounding area have anymore knowledge of this


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BURIED TREASURE.
After Thornliebank the car takes us past the old crow-stepped and quaint farmhouse of Darnley, beyond which lie the rifle ranges of that name. Darnley was of old the residence of that branch of the Stewarts who succeeded about 1300 the Crocs in Crookston, or Crockston Castle. On 10th January, 1361, the High Steward of Scotland granted to his cousin, “John Stewart of Darnley knight,” the lands of Crokyston and Inchinane; and in 1461 Sir John Steuart of Darnley was created Lord Darnley, and assumed the title of the Earl of Lennox. To the south-east, and near Patterton, is the farm of Capelrig, ance a possession of the Knights Templars. and where still stands the shaft of one of three ancient crosses or stones, the second at Lyoncross, near Neilston, and the third (perhaps) at Crosstobs, which we passed outside of Barrhead on our Crookston Castle ramble. An ancient and persistent tradition says that somewhere between those crosses there is buried, in gold and silver, a king’s ransom

Yont Capelrig and Lyon Cross
And eke the auld hare stane,
There’s rowth o’ bonnie siller lies
Wha finds the king will sain.

An ancient rhyme surely? Where does this treasure lie? No one knows, but we may take it that this floating waif of tradition preserves the shadowy memory of some past event. “There’s aye water where the stirkie droons,” and the treasure awaits a finder whom other folks than the king will bless, or “sain,” as the old verse has it.

It comes from here. http://www.grianpress.com/Brotchie/PageC4.html


An interesting read anyway, but is it worth going up the Dams with a Metal Detector?
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