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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:25 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Eglinton St @ Cavendish St - Jun 2011 The site is where the trees are and now there is only 5-17 Norfolk Court left standing. Stirlingfauld having bit the dust in 2008 and 54-66 Norfolk Court in 2010. Also note there is still motorway related work going on in Salkeld St


Eglinton St '11 by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Jun 2012 Much as it is today though the remaining tower block is scheduled for demolition in the next year or so


Eglinton St '12 by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

Following the completion of Moray Place in 1861 the Thomson family moved into no1. It was here that Thomson lived until his death on the 22nd March 1875

1 Moray Place Where the Thomson family resided


1 Moray Place by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
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1 - 10 Moray Place This is the only Thomson designed Terrace in the street the later ones being designed by other people

July 1975 ©Streapadair



Oct 2013
Looks almost the same nearly thirty years on apart from a few more trees and a lot more cars ...


1-10 Moray Place by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
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Across Nithsdale Road is another example of Thomson's work, this is Salisbury Quadrant and was completed just after his death in 1875.

July 1975 ©Streapadair



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Golden Tenement by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

October 2013 Panorama shot showing Nithsdale Drive / Nithsdale St / Nithsdale Road. 1 Moray Place backs on to Sammy Dow's pub.


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On the other side of the railway line is another Thomson tenement, this one is at the corner of Nithsdale Road and Darnley St and dates from 1873

July 1975 ©Streapadair


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Rainbow tenement by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
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Following on about Catnip's point earlier about how depressing it is to see beautiful tenements seemingly wantonly destroyed in the name of so-called "progress" I'd like to jump back to Apsley Place (Nicholson St) where Thomson lived for 10 years between 1847 and 1857.

As I mentioned previously one of the Stirlingfauld blocks was built on the eastern side of Apsley place. Looking at this photo you can see Bedford St in the foreground (behind the cranes) and Cumberland St (just visible) in the mid distance ran parallel with the railway. Apsley Place ran directly behind the right hand tower block connecting these two streets. Portugal St ran parallel to Nicholson St and used to connect to Surrey St to continue under the railway, it can be seen bottom left bollarded off north and south, just disconnected during redevelopment of the 60's and 70's

June 2008 ©Norrie Stirlingfauld just prior to demolition



In the second photo it is clearer as you can see where the streets continued under the railway line. The railway bridge at Surrey St is visible to the left and Nicholson St is just at the big tree almost centre of the photo

June 2008 ©Norrie Stirlingfauld post blowdown


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Laurieston developed in the 1830's so most of what was built there was typically Glaswegian in that it was wide streets containing rows of blonde sandstone tenements built on a grid pattern, with the main streets running off at right angles from the river. It also means that it was there for well over a hundred years before the mass demolition of the 1960's and 70's.

This photo taken from Norfolk Court in August 2013 shows the redevelopment of the Stirlingfauld site. The path which enters bottom left is the alignment of the former Nicholson St, it is the continuation of the vehicular access to Norfolk Court. As can be clearly seen this continues across Bedford St on the same alignment as the original Apsley Place, running between two of the blocks under construction. In light of recent developments in the Gorbals and the street names there having echoes of the past, I wonder if, in this modern interpretation of Glasgow tenements, the name Apsley Place will reappear on a map in the near future ... I certainly hope so.


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Thomson's second church was the St Vincent St church. This was built in 1859 as the United Presbyterian Church of Scotland. Today it is used by the congregation of the Free Church of Scotland and is the only one of his three churches which is currently still in use

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St Vincent St church (F) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr

Rear view Only realised since the demolition of the Albany hotel


St Vincent St church (R) by D1gitAl Imagez, on Flickr
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Here is a then and now of queens park church that was bombed during the war;


Queens park church then and now by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr

and if it was still there;


Queens park church then in now by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr

And his tennement;


Round tenement by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote Report this post to Mods

BTJustice wrote:
Here is a then and now of queens park church that was bombed during the war;


Queens park church then and now by route9autos.co.uk, on Flickr

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Cheers BT

This was Thomson's third and final church completed in 1869 it was destroyed by a German bomb on the 14th March 1943 during WWII


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