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Glasgow in the 1970s - Last days of the Old Gorbals
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Abbotsford Place, east side, north of Cumberland St.  July 1973




Abbotsford Place, east side.  Abbotsford Place, more than anywhere else in the Gorbals, anywhere else in the city, had an air of faded grandeur. It was a ruined, down-and-out aristocrat of a street. Built, without uniformity but harmoniously enough, between 1820 and 1830, it was to be a douce New Town for professional people, just a step across the river from the city. The width of the street was generous, each flat had an interior wc and a bath, which was an exceptional luxury in these days, and generally five spacious apartments, the dining room around 22ft by 16ft. For 30 or 40 years it was a ’good’ address, but the coming of the railway gave the middle classes the freedom to move further afield, to leafy suburbs far from the city slums, and the decline of Abbotsford Place (and Cumberland St and Nicholson St and others) was rapid. The size of the flats meant they were highly suitable for multiple occupancy, and successive waves of immigrants, Irish, eastern European Jews, Italians, and more recently Asians found in them a foothold on the property ladder.

These tenements were soundly built, and could have been refurbished. The lack of imagination which led to their removal was shameful.

July 1973




46-50 Abbotsford Place, west side, south of Bedford St.  April 1973




46-50 Abbotsford Place.  I don’t think it was still formally occupied at this late date - were they squatters at the top floor window? or urban explorers?  December 1975




Abbotsford Place, east side, south of Bedford St.  August 1973



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