On the left hand, but unfortunately not seen properly, is the Old Swan tenement block (1898), one of four tenement buildings remaining when clearance for the redevelopment ended. Where the no. 45 bus, a Daimler 8' wide body with pre-select gearbox bound for Rouken Glen, is seen, Pollokshaws Road was formerly Maxwell Street. In the gap in the building and set back out of sight to the right of the bus, stands a more modern Corporation (then the title of the local council) tenement dating from the 1930s which is still there today (2004) backing on to Rossendale Court. The Pollok Bar stood at the corner of Greenview Street. Beyond the pub and behind the traffic lights, the two upper aspects of which are ‘on’, was the Maxwell Cafe. On the right in Greenview Street there was Fraser's funeral parlour, Lombardi's fish & chip shop, and Vezza's hairdressers shop. The car with the L-plate is a Ford Anglia, a model remembered for being the first and possibly the only vehicle designed with a rear window having a reverse slope.
In the background the bank building still stands in Greenview Street today. Wellgreen on the right, into which the Morris Minor is heading (there is a similar model disappearing off-screen left), shared the junction at Pollokshaws Road with Ashtree Road. On the facade of the bank building one of the fixtures used by the tramways overhead cable department to support the power wires to save installing a pole, can be seen. It is just discernible at the one storey up level between the double and single windows on the right. These fixtures are fairly common in areas around the city where trams used to run and where old buildings remain. In Kilmarnock Road for example, between Shawlands Cross and Newlands there are over a dozen. The triangle of lime trees of the Wellgreen, too, is still there but it stands in a much-altered environment with the building of the first then the second medical centres. The bus stop visible in Wellgreen was for a special late afternoon peak hour service for the large number of workers from the many manufacturing companies in east Pollokshaws. The writer, a bus driver at this time, worked briefly on this service in the early 1960s.
3 POLLOKSHAWS FIRE STATION
...was set up in emergency conditions at the start of the Second World War, first in Sir John Maxwell School, then in buildings of a temporary nature erected on ground next to Wellgreen known as Craigie's Park (now Wellgreen Court). It was first occupied by the wartime AFS (Auxiliary Fire Service) and was designated Station No. 3CZ. After the war ended, for a time it was what became the National Fire Service. When the new station was opened at Pollok in the 1950s this one was closed. As an early car-identification enthusiast, the Morris 8hp, in the middle ground, was the first car the writer can remember seeing designed with headlights set within the front mudguards instead of as individual units on top.
4 CHRISTIAN STREET
Formerly Anne Street, Christian Street in this view gives a better perspective than most of the other ground level views. High up on the extreme left is the round tower of St. Conval’s original infants/primary school with the roof of St. Mary's church behind. Then the short Townshouse tower can be seen, with the old swing park in the middle-ground which was remodelled and improved 1998. The baths and steamie are well hidden by the trees, about half of which are still there, while the area at the far end of Christian Street is well portrayed in later slides. Street gas-lighting, of which a few posts are visible were done away with soon after this time. The school and Burgh Halls (right) will be glimpsed in other slides
5 LOOKING SOUTH EAST FROM POLLOK AVENUE
...to the overgrown and recently disused orchard, with the Orchard Place tenement and Sir John Maxwell School on the left. On the right is the rear of Jessie Lyon's tenement and the building next to the Pollok cinema in which Nettie Wren (who took most of the slides) was living
6 POLLOK AVENUE AT 2060 POLLOKSHAWS ROAD
Mr. Pickwell, a Pollokshaws businessman who owned most of the land, including the orchard, on the other side of the main road up to Shawbridge Street, lived here. Having had his front door sealed up because of the increasing road traffic passing into and out of the estate, the very narrow pavement and the proximity to Pollok Avenue roadway forced him to used the back door. Seen above left, Pollokshaws West signal box was situated on the 'down' side of the line. It was original built on the 'up' (east) side on top of the embankment behind this house. In 1925/6 a runaway engine on the slow line head-shunt in the goods yard ran through the buffer stops and demolished the box, and ended up in Pickwell's back green (slide 108 shows the recovery of the engine). When the box was rebuilt it was deemed safer located on the west side
7 SHAWMUIR LODGE IN POLLOK AVENUE
...was one of six situated at the entrances to the estate
8 SHAWMUIR LODGE
Nettie Wren (left), who took most of these slides, is seen with her cousin Jenny Sharp who lived here as a tenant at this time
9 2060 POLLOKSHAWS ROAD
This cut-off (end-of-film) scene with the railway signal box and Pickwell's house was taken ten years before the Burrell Gallery was opened
10 POLLOKSHAWS ROAD AT POLLOK AVENUE
Pollok Avenue, now the main entrance to the Burrell Gallery, the park and Pollok House, is still unmodified today despite modern traffic requirements. The Glasgow Corporation Transport Department Daimler and Leyland buses seen here predominated in this area then. Out of frame to the left, the 4-arch railway viaduct, and Pollokshaws West station, date from 1849, and the bridge carrying Pollokshaws Road over the river on which the photographer was standing was reconstructed and widened in 1928
11 MAIDA STREET FROM POLLOKSHAWS ROAD
Pollok Church of Scotland is on the left, and the shadow of Pollok Academy lies across the street to the right. In the distance is Maxwell Cross and Cogan Street. Originally named Matilda Street, Maida Street was itself was done away with in the redevelopment
12 POLLOKSHAWS ROAD
...between Haggs Road and what is known locally as The West (the round toll), until 1930 was Barrhead Road, while the present Barrhead Road was Cowglen Road. Pollok United Free Church (1848), later Pollok Church of Scotland (right), was on the corner of Maida Street. It was demolished long after completion of the main redevelopment scheme, and church authorities sponsored sheltered housing was built on the site. The gateway stone pillars seen here remain and, realigned, form one of the entrances to this housing area
13 NETHER POLLOK ESTATE OFFICE, SHEEPPARK
This building at 2114a Pollokshaws Road, now a private dwelling called WOODLEA, was the factors office at Sheeppark where workers living in estate houses, such as Sheeppark and Shawmuir Lodge at 2060 Pollokshaws Road, paid their rent.
14 SHEEPPARK LODGE
Glimpsed on the left through the railway arch, the lodge house, like all the other buildings seen here, will soon to be one of the casualties, this one in the clearances to widen Pollokshaws Road
15 LOOKING OUT FROM SHEEPPARK LODGE
...the Maida Street tenement is to the left, with the Royal George building and the short spire of Auldfield church just visible behind. On the right is the rear of the local branch of the Clydesdale Bank, not long since merged with the North of Scotland Bank. Pollokshaws bowling club was on the vacant lot behind the railings; they were among the first to move because of the redevelopment, to their present location at Sheeppark. The low rough-cast building left of centre, believed to house an electricity substation or automatic telephone exchange, will be seen in slide 81 standing isolated by the demolition of the buildings on either side.
16 AFTON TERRACE, POLLOKSHAWS ROAD
...is one example of the handful of old tenements to survive the demolition for the re-development. Afton Terrace also survived the mid-1960s road widening scheme, but the buildings and houses opposite, along the foot of the railway embankment, and Pollok Academy, didn't. The number 21 bus, a narrow (7'6") bodied Daimler with pre-select transmission, is passing across the field of view seen in slide 15, and the car on the left is a Ford Prefect. The older vehicle on the right is more interesting but not enough of it is visible to make identification certain, but it looks like a pre-war Austin 10
17 POLLOKSHAWS WEST
On the left we see part of the garage premises of Cunningham's POLLOKSHAWS MOTORS, which occupied the northwest corner site for many years. Also glimpsed are a few of the of houses along the foot of the railway embankment, including one or two excellent villas which will be seen in views taken from one of the newly built multi-storey buildings, in slides towards the end of the collection. All buildings seen here, one of which was the original Orange Halls, were removed to make way for road widening. The writer, a bus driver working from Newlands Garage, may have been driving any of the vehicles seen in these views.
18 POLLOKSHAWS WEST
Looking down Pollokshaws Road from the Round Toll in 1961, to Afton Terrace with its gable well covered with advertising posters, and in the background Pollok Academy (1956 to 1967) with its clock tower. To the left along the foot of the railway embankment there were a number of buildings, the first of which was the former Eastwood Parish Church hall, at this time occupied by Walker’s ham store. Beyond it was Orange Lodge which, in the redevelopment, had to move to premises near the Shaw Bridge. Another was a house that belonged to a provost, where an elderly resident remembered seeing the two decorative 'Provost' lampposts set up at the pavement edge. The curious small roughcast structure at the back edge of the pavement at the church is a gent's toilet! Within a few years all except the Terrace were demolished for road widening. On the right, with the Cross Street name-plate, is a corner of the first Pollokshaws Methodist Church
19 THE METHODIST CHURCH
In the mid-1960s a new church was built behind the old one, to allow road improvements to be made once the old building was demolished. On the extreme right, part of a building of truncated V ground plan can be seen. It was faced on its three sides by Cross Street, Harriet Street, and Shawbridge Street. In the facade that looked down Shawbridge Street there used to be a restaurant called THE JUBILEE, which gave the building its name
20 CROSS STREET AND THE REAR OF THE JUBILEE BUILDING
This view of part of the Jubilee building reveals that Thomas E. Smith, painter and decorator occupied the former restaurant premises at this time.
21 LOOKING FROM CROSS STREET DOWN SHAWBRIDGE STREET
The Jubilee building is on the right, on the far side of which is the start of Harriet Street, where the Austin Devon or Somerset car is partly seen behind the lamppost. Other slides in this series are taken farther on within this field of view. However, there is something visible here of particular interest. The EWS sign just visible painted on the wall in large letters, originally in yellow with a black border, date from the 1939/45 war. It was just one of many seen virtually everywhere in built up areas, the last of which had faded away by late 1980s. At the height of the blitz, when incendiary bombs were being dropped, there were fears that the mains water supply would be insufficient to cope with many fires. HE bomb damage in some cases meant that sometimes no water was available. To cope with the anticipated large number of fires, tanks were built on vacant ground at strategic locations and filled with water so that an emergency supply ((EWS) would be available. Part of the sign was an arrow pointing in the direction of the nearest tank. If looked at closely, and if the slide projection is sharp enough, the arrow can just be made out with the point under the centre of the double window on the corner and the tail next to the E. The tank stood on the vacant lot on the left. Usually also shown was its capacity, represented here by the figures, again to the upper left of the E, in a code which would be recognisable by fire fighters. The tanks themselves were oblong, with walls assembled from three-foot square pressed steel flanged sections bolted together to form containers of various capacities. At first they were open, but drowning scares made a wire mesh covering necessary. This happened because after a year or so without being used they became a habitat for wildlife, minnows and the like which attracted children, apart from the more obvious hazard, the temptation to swim in warm weather. The sections were assembled with the three-inch deep flanges on the outside, which could be used as an aid for curious youngsters to climb up.
22 CROSS STREET LOOKING WEST
Tolls to fund the upkeep of the roads were introduced in 1750 and the Round Tollhouse probably dates from soon after this. Here it is flanked by a Doctor Who 'Tardis' (a contemporary police box) with Barrhead Road lying beyond. The garage (Pollokshaws Motors) has been seen in close up in slide 18. In the right foreground is the short northern section of Harriet Street, with the old cast iron street lighting electrical junction box complete with Glasgow Corporation Electricity Department crest. The Jubilee building housing the cobblers shop with SHOE REPAIRS above. The NO THROUGH ROAD SIGN is puzzling, because Harriet Street led into and formed a 'Y' junction with Shawbridge Street. A tantalising glimpse is caught of a (bread?) delivery van behind the bus shelter. What company had '...fte...' contained in its name in that era?
23 HARRIET STREET FROM WELLMEADOW ROAD
The sign facing away from the camera is the WELLMEADOW LAUNDRY’S, the vehicle access to which from Harriet Street passes between it and the Nelson sign. Built originally as a bleach works in the early 1800s it was rebuilt as a laundry for Donald Mcfarlane at the turn of the 19th century. Today it is the Sunlight Laundry. Wellmeadow Road is in the foreground
24 HARRIET STREET
This is the centre of the main length of Harriet Street, now Thornliebank Road. Greenbank Street, the nearest street on the east side was a short street. It had one close each side and a children’s clinic on the left at the end, and lead on to Greenbank Park, the southern section of Auldhouse Park. Beyond is Nether Auldhouse Road. Bob McKay was the manager of the Co-op grocery shop here at this time. The nearest car is a Ford Consul with a 1953 registration number. Behind it are a Hillman Minx and a Morris Minor, and the bus is a Leyland PD1. The only protection street frontages of shop premises needed then were the iron doorway concertina fold-along gates seen here
25 HARRIET STREET FROM WESTWOOD ROAD
Wellmeadow Road is on the left where the woman is about to cross. In the distance is the Jubilee tenement, while in the foreground there is an Austin Devon van conversion. This view was taken at the south-western limit of the collection
26 NETHER AULDHOUSE ROAD
Seen from the junction of Cross Street and Harriet Street
27 HARRIET STREET
...seen from the same point as 22 but looking north to where Harriet Street forms a 'Y' with Shawbridge Street with the Jubilee building just out of sight on the left
28 SHAWBRIDGE STREET
Looking north from the truncated part of the Jubilee building triangle
29 SHAWBRIDGE STREET
Taken from the west side a few yards down from the previous view. The car in the foreground appears to be a Sunbeam Talbot, and the other one is an Austin Somerset
30 LOOKING NORTH FROM BEHIND THE CLACHAN BAR
On the left, next to the walled space with the containers being used as contractor's offices, is Pollok Academy playground. After lying disused for a number of years, the building was demolished in 1967. Behind is Pollok Parish Church, mentioned in slide 11. The name 'Dykes' church, mentioned by Mr. Shaw in his commentary accompanying a showing of these slides a number of years ago, referred to a minister of the 1900s. In line with the burgh hall, an empty prefab in Maida Street is ready to be pulled down. Sir John's school is glimpsed centre right
31 SHAWBRIDGE STREET
The fine two storey building in the centre should never have been demolished; its condition was similar to other tenement buildings which survived. However, if it had been retained its position today would be on the pavement or the roadway between the police station and the multi at 215 Shawbridge Street! Mr. Jim Shaw, mentioned elsewhere, lived here at one time. The foundations of Mrs. Law's prefab can be seen in the gap site, and glimpsed in the left background of the aforementioned tenement is the rear of the tenement in Cogan Street
32 SHAWBRIDGE STREET
The car, an Austin A40, will place this view in relation to the previous one. It shows the Maida Street/Cogan Street crossing, termed Maxwell Cross. On the near left is the low building described and seen in slide 15, standing in isolation while work goes on preparing the foundations for the high flats, with beyond it the Clachan Bar. The Diog’s, who lived on the premises at the rear and sold hardware, occupied one of the shops in the centre, where the Volkswagen van is seen in slide 31
33 SHAWHOLM STREET
Pollokshaws United Original Secession Church (1843). Now Pollokshaws Parish Church, today stands well back from Shawbridge Street adjacent to the police office. Shawholm Street passes between the prefab and the church, and the foreground is the backcourt of the desirable Shawbridge Street tenement seen in slide 31
34 MAXWELL CROSS
Left of centre is the sunlit face of what may then have been the oldest surviving tenement in the Shaws, the Royal George. It was reputedly built as a hotel in the days of the stagecoaches, and was the terminus of the Royal George coach service from the city during the 19th century. Between the two churches on the right there was a tenement which had been converted for use as offices by John McDonald & Co. (pneumatic tools). The designation Maxwell Cross on the Railway Vaults pub must have long passed out of use, or perhaps was the invention of the publican or the sign-writer. The writer cannot recall ever having heard it used, and intensive enquiries among locals of an older generation found only one or two who 'thought they remembered it!'
35 COGAN STREET (late 1950s)
Mr. Edgar is standing at his close with the Railway Vaults pub (slide 34) at the corner beyond him. Here is the odd sight of what looks like a Central SMT bus turning from Shawbridge Street into Maida Street. There never was a regular bus service in the old Shaws. The only service which passed through the town away from the main road was the no. 23 which was introduced in the late 1980s.
36 NORTH OF MAXWELL CROSS
On the left are the two engineering manufacturing companies, Compressor Services Ltd., and John McDonald (pneumatic tools) & Co. Ltd. Opposite them were the two churches described elsewhere. Auldfield was demolished in the 1970s, and Pollokshaws United Free, which closed 1994 still survives and has been put to other uses over the years. It will be seen in slide 38. These buildings are set back out of sight on the right behind the low stone wall with railings and gateposts.
37 SHAWBRIDGE STREET NEARING THE SHAW BRIDGE
Seen from a point close to the Royal George building with the Shaw Bridge in the distance. This section of the street south of the Shaw Bridge to Cross Street was formerly King Street. In the distance in the centre of this view, standing in Riverbank Street, is a villa which was originally the residence of the Provost. In the left foreground are entrances leading into the premises of John McDonald & Co. (Pneumatic Tools), and Compressor Services Ltd. When displaced by the redevelopment both companies moved to East Kilbride.
38 POLLOKSHAWS WEST UNITED FREE CHURCH (1843, closed 1994)
The church was built on the south side of what had been the original course of the Auldhouse Burn, which had been diverted from its original bed to add its flow to the River Cart above the weir. Because of existing industries which used the burn water the old bed had to be retained and this became the mill lade. Originally, the burn ran past the building on the side nearest the camera and passed under King (Shawbridge) Street. Shops beyond are Clyde's Grain Store, Miss Williams millinery (hats) shop, a newsagents run by her sister. Then another store that at one time was a Co-op grocery, a post office with a post-box at the pavement edge, then there was the Railway Vaults at the corner of Cogan Street.
39 THE UNIONIST ROOMS
...stood adjacent to the Shaw Bridge and close to the mill built by the Maxwell Laird of two hundred years ago. The triangle of grass and trees in the foreground was the communal shilling ground provided by him for the farmers for winnowing their grain. It is heartening to see it, with the trees seen here, carefully preserved and enclosed with stout railings at the present time. When the Orange Lodge was displaced from their hall in Pollokshaws Road by road widening in the late 1960s, they took over the Unionist Rooms. The building has been extended over the years, but the higher one at the back is reputed to be the original miller’s house from the days of the meal mill, and must date from the middle to late 1700s. Behind the wall in the right background is the Glasgow Corporation Cleansing Department's depot, with superintendent Mr. McAdam's house, which was demolished in the late 1980s. Despite there having clearly been a roadway here giving access to various service industry premises as well as the cleansing, it doesn't appear ever to have had a name. Maps old and new show it, but the occupants all have a Shawbridge Street address. Overlooking the river but out of frame on the left, a low stone wall can be found which is the continuation of the parapet of the old bridge.
40 THE WEIR ON THE RIVER CART
Seen from the Shaw Bridge, all that's visible in the foreground, apart from the weir and the river, is greenery and factories. The tower in the distance belongs to St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in Newlands Road at Kilmarnock Road, and the group of factory buildings in the centre are in Riverford Road. They were the Riverbank Works of Brown & Adam, bleachers and cloth finishers, founded c1893, but at the time of the photograph John Horn Ltd., Printers & Lithographers occupied the site. Horn's (taken over by McCorquodale in the 1930s) are still there today under the company name REXAM (now under yet another name) with the site and buildings somewhat modernised. The building on the right was the Renfield Weaving Factory (c1891) of David Barbour & Co. However, the most interesting remains, some of which can just be glimpsed, are mainly out of view on the right. The meal mill, traces of which are still visible, stood here for about two hundred years, with the stone arches for entry and exit of the flow which turned the mill wheel. It would have been for its operation, as well as other fledgling industries established above, that the weir was built. At that time the Auldhouse Burn ran a little way east of Shawbridge Street, then turned to pass beneath the street at the point referred to in slide 38, to enter the river near Pollokshaws Road. In the 1790s industrial development diverted its course to join the river above the weir, thereby adding to its flow over the weir to assist provision of power during dry spells of weather. As mentioned above, the original bed of the burn was retained and used until well into the present century as a mill lade, and could be seen into the 1960s. The mill building was taken over and reconstructed in 1907 by John McDonald & Co., mechanical engineers, to manufacture turbines
41 THE POLLOK CINEMA
Built as the Maxwell after the first world war, by the 1930s it was the Palladium, then in the 1950s, the Pollok. The writer was never in it, but heard tales of its reputation as a fleapit! There were stories told of the thru'p'ny rush, children crowding in to the matinee for three old pence (between 1 and 2 new pence) on Saturdays. Barely glimpsed again behind the tree on the right is the Provosts house in Riverbank Street, known as Riverbank House, with on the left the witches hat tower of the old St. Conval’s Primary School.
42 VIEW NORTH EAST FROM THE WESTERN PARAPET OF THE SHAWBRIDGE
Pickwell's Garage (he lived in the house seen in slide 6) is in the left foreground. In the background, unmistakable is the chimney of the baths, its height then recently increased and a cone capping fitted in preparation for the change from coal to oil burning. Above the BP sign is the old infants’ school tower, and on the right the Pollok cinema is glimpsed
43 SHAWBRIDGE STREET
...viewed from the Shaw Bridge after the cinema building had been demolished. A row of temporary shops are being constructed at the corner of Riverbank Street and Shawbridge Street. This area is now a car park for 21 Riverbank Street. The large advertisement hoarding is the same one seen in front of the cinema in slide 41
44 SHAWBRIDGE STREET
...the section that was formerly Main Street, viewed from the corner of Riverbank Street. In the background on the extreme left is Sir John Maxwell's School. The low building in line with the school was used as a ham store in the 60s by Walker's, ham curer's, who had previously moved from the west side of Pollokshaws Road opposite Afton Terrace. They later moved to Cogan Street but have closed down. During construction of the high flats the ham store building was occupied by the contractors, Laing, as a site office. Next to the school, with Bengal Lane running between them, there was a tenement standing back-to-back with the Co-op building seen in the next slide. In the right background, above the red brick wall of the Corporation baths and steamie, is the steeple of the old Free Presbyterian Church in Leckie Street. Just in sight on the right is the disused Pollok cinema
45 105 SHAWBRIDGE STREET
...seen from the entrance to Pickwell’s garage after the cinema was demolished. Nettie Wren's house, one stair up, was through the wall from the cinema. Miss Wren, whose brother was a projectionist, said they could hear to the sound track in the house! Taken at a later date from slide 43; the advertisement has been removed from the gable end. The next seven slides are taken in a left-to-right panorama from the windows of Miss Wren's house.
46 THE SHAW BRIDGE View (1)
The first of the seven views from the house at 105 Shawbridge Street here is looking back from where previous slides were taken. On the left, in the middle distance are the two churches, Auldfield Parish Church with the high tower, and Pollokshaws West United Free Church, with low twin towers. Unfortunately the trees behind the bridge parapet obscure what would have been an interesting view farther up Shawbridge Street. Near the trees, a chimney stack and gable end standing alone is all that remains of one of the cottages which once stood next to the bridge (ref. photo p83 Andrew McCallum's History of Pollokshaws). Beyond are the premises of John McDonald & Co. Ltd., manufacturers of pneumatic tools, and Compressor Services. Within a few years these companies were displaced by the redevelopment, and moved to East Kilbride. On the extreme right is the tower and clock of Pollok Academy at the corner of Pollokshaws Road and Maida Street. A few features in this view remain today, the disused UF church (closed 1994), the trees on the extreme left bordering the communal shilling (winnowing) ground triangle, and the bridge parapets. The vehicle parked on the left-hand side of the bridge is what looks like a green GPO Telephones Morris 5-cwt service van. At that time mail and telephones were under one government organisation, the General Post Office.
47 PICKWELL'S GARAGE View (2)
Pickwell's Garage really only sold fuel and engine and transmission oil, and had lockups to rent. The writer has in his possession a photograph showing the garage entrance in the 1930s (see Page 41 in Old Pollokshaws), even then owned by Pickwell. Visible in the 1930s photo (with the aid of a magnifier) is fuel advertised at 1/3 per gallon (one shilling and three pence, equal to 6 or 7 pence today). Users of the lockup garages, stone built with corrugated iron roofs, must have been apprehensive of the fact that the rear wall overlooked the river at a high level. In the background to the left of Pollok Academy is the light coloured upper part of Pollok Parish Church (1847) which occupied one corner of Maida Street and Pollokshaws Road. Pollokshaws West railway station (1849), a listed building refurbished in 1998, is seen to the right of Compressor Services workshop, the large shed with the light coloured roof
48 From 105 View (3)
The building in the foreground lying between the ham store and the garage was used by John Picken's Tailoring business. This one and the next four views were taken on Saturday 9th September 1960.
49 WALKER'S HAM STORE View (4)
Orchard Terrace, the Burgh Halls, and the Salvation Army buildings are on the right behind the ham store, with a plume of steam from the safety valve of a locomotive waiting at the Pollokshaws West 'up' home signal rising behind the roof of the Army hall
50 As 49 With the school in the frame. View (5)
51 Nearing Bengal Street View (6)
52 SHAWBRIDGE STREET view (7)
Bengal Street on the right going off to the left at the location where the 124 Shawbridge Street is today (2003). This tenement property belonged to Jessie Lyons who also owned a billiards hall in the low building behind. Maggie Graham owned the butchers, one of the three shops seen here.
53 SHAWBRIDGE STREET
...from KIRK LANE (with two nameplates!). Beyond the Maxwell Arms pub, the fine Co-op tenement with six shops at street level, were the original Central Premises of the Pollokshaws Co-operative Society Limited, the offices of which lay behind in Christian Street. The shops were: furnishing & hardware (out of sight behind the pub), dairy, the pend, grocery, butcher, drapery, and footwear. In the mid 1950s the writer of these notes worked in the grocery, and here met his future wife who was a cash girl working in the cash desk in the drapery. We subsequently lived low down in the multi-storey flat at 124, built a few years after this view was taken, at the corner of Bengal Street on the left where the lamp post seen here stands. Note the poster in Kirk Lane advertising opera performances in the St. Andrews Halls, (destroyed by fire in 1962), The Barber of Seville, The Force of Destiny, and Tosca? However, the name of the company isn't quite legible. The car is an Austin A35 van conversion.
54 BENGAL STREET FROM BENGAL LANE
On the left, behind the isolated tenement known as Orchard Place, there was a large overgrown area known to different generations as the orchard, and the school (Sir John's) garden. On the photographers left hand and unfortunately not seen clearly in any of these views is the Salvation Army hall, down the west side of which was what was reputed to be the shortest street in Glasgow, Johnshaven Street. It never was a true street, it only ran the length of the hall and had no numbers, but the name IS (or was!) there
55 CRUM STREET
On the left is Sir John Maxwell's School playground with to the right the Burgh Hall boundary railings. The low building behind the lamp post next to Orchard Place housed the original wartime temporary children’s clinic and was used as such until the early 60s. Pollokshaws West railway station buildings are in the distance on the right. The car may be an Austin Westminster and probably belonged to Dr. Ritchie, whose temporary surgery was in the ground floor house on the left in the close on the right. The practice's previous surgery was in Shawbridge Street opposite the Townshouse, having been first displaced from there to here by the redevelopment. This area is now the Burgh Hall car park
56 SHAWBRIDGE STREET FROM CHRISTIAN STREET
This view shows Nichol's building, with the Campbell Library to the right behind the adverts and, and also on the right, Gentles Slater & Plasterer's storage yard. Note the lights of McClurg's fish shop, and the water stain on the pavement denoting that the shop floor has been washed as, indicated by the position of the sun, late afternoon closing time approaches
57 SHAWBRIDGE STREET
Here, we seem to be on a different day from the previous slide. It looks like an early evening Sunday scene, with the folk visible dressed, from the angle of the sun, for evening church service? Taken from the corner of Bengal Street, the buildings on either side of the corner of cast their shadows across the road. The signs on the right indicates 'through the close to the Campbell Library'. Beyond McClurg’s fish shop is a home bakery, past the gateway is the Cabin Bar which was destroyed in a storm when the chimney head above the gable fell on it, and Cochran’s grocery store. The last shop was Moscardini's cafe, while Hogg's bakery stood on the corner
58 As 57 ...is the same scene with the location more easily identified from the background. On the left is the Stag tenement, then the Townshouse, St. Conval’s infants school, and St, Mary's chapel. All these, except the school, are still extant
59 ASHTREE ROAD
The baths and steamie are on the left, and where the billboards are seen there now stands the successor (1968) to the old Campbell Library. On the near corner of the highest point of the building there stood a wartime air-raid siren which was only removed in late 1992. A keen eyed viewer might be able to spot it, but it is difficult to pick out because of the tree branches in the background. The writer photographed it from different angles before it was removed. On the right, the prefab house is one of a row of three, and the white building in the background is one of the group forming Pollokshaws fire station. Eagle eyed railway enthusiasts like the writer, will note in the distance a wisp of steam drifting from the safety valve of a steam locomotive, with a train of freight vehicles which look like 5-plank hi-bar wagons with tarpaulins. It may be moving past, but it could be waiting at the signal on the slow line to allow another train to pass. At that time the Radio Times was printed by Carruther's at East Kilbride, for which the rolls of newsprint were delivered by a train of around dozen tarpaulin covered wagons of the type glimpsed here. Perhaps this is one of these trains? Two days later, a train of around a dozen box vans loaded with the finished product was brought down from East Kilbride and left in the west sidings. Later that day the engine of the evening pick-up goods train collected the vans and took them south via Dumfries for delivery to the rest of the UK.
60 TOWNSHOUSE SQUARE
McArthur Street is in the foreground, with on the other side at the start of Shawbridge Street, among the business occupants are Thomson's butchers shop, Cleanswell cleaners, Drs. Dunbar (Grace and Joseph)s’ surgery (later it was Drs. Rhoda and William Ritchie), and Minnie Glens small grocery. Completed in 1803, the main part of the Toonshoose building originally filled much of the area of the present square. What can be seen today is the vestibule, with its distinctive Dutch tower and clock, the rest of the building having been demolished in the early ‘thirties. The car is a Standard Vanguard Estate
61 RIVERBANK STREET
Seen from Riverford Road, the comparatively modern building on the left was for a time the only one remaining in Riverbank Street, (it was demolished 1992). The site is now occupied by Lidl's store. At this time the building was occupied by Stewart's, the company making Princess marshmallows, who later moved to premises behind Main Street, Thornliebank. The lower building next to it had a large sign of a previous user, Melville’s, painted along the front, VIKING THREAD MILL (c1914), only a small part of which is visible here. The rest is hidden by a contemporary freight container sitting on the parked railway road-delivery trailer, probably from Pollokshaws Goods Station at Haggs Road. The mill closed in 1969 and the building was taken over by John Horn Ltd. (printers & lithographers), who occupied the premises behind. There have been two further changes of ownership of Horn’s factory which still operates, but nearly all of the original buildings have been replaced. The next building, of which there are better but more distant views in other slides, is most interesting. It is reputed to have been at one time the house of a Provost of Glasgow in the early 20th century. When it was demolished in the 1970s, part of the wall fronting the street, which included the main door complete with the last tenant's (Mrs. Munn) nameplate! was retained, and it survived until Lidl took over the site. The tenement in the far background can only be on the east side of Cogan Street. The building on the right is of particular historical significance. Known to locals in its latter days as the Mission Hall, it dates from 1764. It was the first permanent church to be built in Pollokshaws, the Kirk of the Associate Session (A. McCallum's HISTORY p83 with photograph on previous page). Behind lies Kirk Lane cemetery know as the Old Vennel burial ground (est. 1770) where a daughter of Robert Burns, Mrs. Betty Thomson is buried. The corner site on the right, behind the wall surmounted by a barbed wire fence, was a builders yard. Note the period wire mesh litter basket on the lamppost
62 KIRK LANE
Originally the lane ran from Shawbridge Street, round the Old Vennel in a dogleg at the point seen in this view, to Factory Street (now Riverford Road). Redevelopment and widening of the section of the lane near the river in the 1930s altered the alignment of the part seen in slide 61, making it run on to link up with Lillybank Place and meet Shawbridge Street at the Shaw Bridge. The full length then became Riverbank Street. Lillybank Place began at the Shaw Bridge and dog-legged round to meet Kirk Lane at it’s mid point. The Shammy Mill, near this dogleg, was a lane known as Skin Mill Yard, where animal (chamois) skins were prepared. Some twenty years after the village was annexed by the city (1912), Lillybank Place became St. Conval’s Place for a few years, before it become Riverbank Street. The tree nearest the camera can still be seen standing next to the Riverbank Street multi-storey flat, and will be seen again in other views. On the right is the boundary wall of the Old Vennel
63 THE REAR OF 105 SHAWBRIDGE STREET IN 1961
...from Riverbank Street, with Nettie Wren standing on waste ground with a washing hanging out to dry behind in the backcourt of the building where she lived. The two windows of her house are above her head.
64 As 63 with the cinema on the left
65 AULDHOUSE PARK
Bowling greens here, and the parks in general, were kept neat and tidy and in much better order generally than they are today, but the fine amenity building where the sports equipment was stored was burned and totally destroyed by vandals. In the background hidden by the trees is the relatively modern former tram depot. At this time it was Newlands bus garage which became the site of the Safeway (now Morrison’s) supermarket
66 RIVERFORD ROAD FROM PLEASANCE LANE
McDougal Street branches off to the right, and the prefabs in Ashtree Road are seen again in the distance. At the corner is the old Pollokshaws family business of E. M. Watt, glaziers, operated by the McGinley brothers.
67 PLEASANCE LANE, FORMERLY GREEN LANE
On the left is the rear of the tenement in McDougal Street, with Gibson's builders yard in the left foreground. Pleasance Street is in the distance, behind which are the tenements on the Shawhill. On the right here but not visible there is a kippering works and the factory of James McFarlane, shirt manufacturer. Cohen’s garment makers, later Claremont Garments, built a factory on this site with the lane retained but inaccessible. Today all of the area between McDougal Street and the River Cart is built over with new housing, which like the lane has access from both Riverford Road and Pleasance Street but on a different alignment.
68 PLEASANCE STREET FROM PLEASANCE LANE
The building on the left behind the lamppost and set back from Pleasance Street was the second Pollokshaws police office at this time. The fire-blackened building in the centre was known as the Marble Arch.
69 PLEASANCE STREET FROM COUSTONHOLM ROAD
The Townshouse is on the far left, and Coustonhill Street goes off on the extreme right. The point from which this view was taken is at the dog-leg junction with Coustonholm Road, and here on the left of the photographer and tucked in the corner there was a building, built in 1883, which was the stables and car shed of the Glasgow Tramway Coy. After the Newlands Depot was opened (c1914), for a time the shed was occupied by John Horn Ltd., (printer and lithographer). Clearly seen is the re-laid road surface from where the tram-line, one of the very few stretches of single track anywhere in Glasgow, was lifted a year or two before these views were taken. Having been installed as far as Shawbridge Street by the Glasgow Tramway Coy, to complete the access to Pollokshaws Road, it needed only to be extended along the short length of Greenview Street. The line, which was double-track from here to Kilmarnock Road, was never covered by any passenger service, and it was used purely as a short cut between Pollokshaws Road and Kilmarnock Road. It cut down mileage by saving vehicles on the services through Pollokshaws, from having had to go to Shawlands Cross and reverse. The writer clearly remembers seeing a severed rail junction at this location which had left the through line and ended at a large door in the building in the corner. Many years were to pass before it was realised, through studying old maps, that this was the first tram depot, horse drawn initially of course. The actual depot shed, with its tall narrow door intact, was in still in existence, but it was destroyed by fire around this time, so Horn’s moved to the premises in Riverford Road vacated by the defunct Brown and Adam Ltd.
70 COUSTONHILL STREET
Looking up the slope of the Shaw Hill to Tracy Street where a van is seen passing, and a coal merchant is making a delivery. The low tenements at the top, the rear of which are visible, are in Shawhill Road.
71 LOOKING WEST FROM POLLOKSHAWS EAST STATION PLATFORM
First of 3 from this vantage
The brick retaining wall is in Coustonholm Road (rendered Cowstonholm in a map dated 1796), with Tracy Street rising up and turning behind the Sir John Maxwell tenement constructed by that gentleman for his estate workers. Note the prefabs. Note also the curiously shaped mound on the grass embankment in front of them and behind the heightened section of the retaining wall, where there was a wartime air-raid shelter at pavement level, with two now bricked-up but still discernible entrances to which were in the wall.
72 2nd view
In the distance on the left is the tenement in McDougal Street, with the chimney of the baths and the Burgh Hall tower alongside. The seemingly tall tenement in the centre is the one described as the ‘low’ tenement in Slide 70; appearing prominent here because it is on Shawhill. Again prominent to the right is the Sir John Maxwell tenement with, behind, the steeple tower of the old St. Conval's infants’ school, St. Mary's Church and, higher up on skyline, the newer primary school. All the old buildings in the foreground were cleared and rebuilt with new factory premises for Cohen’s, later Claremont Garments Ltd., a section of which was demolished 1993 to make way for construction of a Department of Social Security office. The odd shaped factory roofs may be of a design tried at the end of last century called north-light, designed to provide the more consistent light required for cloth processing colour control. The wires against the sky are telephone cables which were strung between poles along most railway lines, here soon to be removed and laid at ground level in the troughs seen at the bottom. The trains were still steam and diesel hauled at this time, but electrification equipment was being installed for the Blue Train service to commence in 1962.
73 3rd view
This one looks more to the southwest, with on the extreme left (if the slide is projected full frame) the steeple of Eastwood Parish Church. The two chimneys are in John Horn’s factory, the old premises of Brown & Adam, then there are the Riverford Road (centre) tenement opposite Pleasance Lane and McDougal Street tenements (right). In the foreground the roof north-light windows are clearly seen.
74 BACKTRACK TO SHAWHILL ROAD
A narrow road for virtually all of its length, the narrowest part was here at the foot of the hill. However, in those days of much less traffic it wasn't too inconvenient, although the cobbles on the slope, when wet, could cause difficult stopping conditions for drivers. The local scout troop, probably from St. Mary's, are marching across Pleasance Street and heading for McArthur Street, where the Standard Vanguard car is again seen. The lane on the right, called simply Dovecot, lead up to St. Mary's Church hall, and Hutcheson the builder, who had premises at the corner, reared pigeons. The Co-op grocery received regular orders from him for sacks of corn feed for the doos!. The building above the heads of the scouts is the ladies and gents toilets, and shows a compartment in the centre of the rear which contained a public telephone. In the background the Co-op buildings can be seen. Behind the two advertising hoardings with the baths behind, is where the Campbell library (1969) now stands
75 OVERVIEW FROM THE SHAW HILL
...with in the background the baths, Sir John Maxwell's school, the Burgh Halls, and the tree clad Sheep Park hill behind. In the foreground beyond the prefabs, running along the foot of the hill and between the buildings to the right, is Greenview Street. The low building at far right with the tall chimney-head is the subject of the story in slide 78
76 THE TOWNSHOUSE
Although visible in the distance on the extreme left of slide 68, this elevated section of pavement with guard-rail is better seen here. Through a close not seen here, at the rear of the low building on the right was Hogg's bakery, where morning rolls were baked. In the late 1940s the bakery moved to premises at the corner of Riverford Road and Shawbridge Street. Morning rolls are of course made the evening before, and the writer well remembers cycling with a group of friends from Pollok on summer evenings after the war, first to one and then the other establishment. There to stand waiting for the trays to be drawn from the oven, to buy half a dozen and dash home as fast as possible and eat the lot, still warm with the butter running through. Note the Cleanswell (slide 60) laundry van in Shawbridge Street to left of the Townshouse making a call on the premises there
77 GREENVIEW STREET
...with the shadow of the Townshouse on the cobbles in the extreme left foreground. On the right is the Old Stag pub. Carmichael's chemist shop is today occupied by McClurg's the fishmongers, and Dougie’s Dairy which became a cafe providing snacks in recent years. From what is visible of the car on the right it, looks like an Austin Cambridge. The cross in a circle painted on the cobbles in the foreground has historical significance, and it was replace with a similar replica made of cobblestones when the road was resurfaced after the tramway track was lifted. In A Brief History of Pollokshaws (1980), Jack Gibson writes that it marks the site of an ancient stone Town Cross that disappeared towards the end of the 19th century.
78 LOWER GREENVIEW STREET
Previously it was Pollok Street and before that, in the 1800s, Cowloan. In the background is Pollokshaws goods yard with Vernall & Sons coal merchant's low office building, to the right of which and just out of sight was the yard entrance with a weigh-bridge just inside. The tall building is the bank building seen in slide 2, and a previous marque of Ford Anglia stands in the left foreground. The first corner on the right is Rossendale Road. In the course of the area being cleared for the redevelopment, the writer saw the single storey house on the right, by then standing in isolation, being pulled down by the simple expedient of wrapping a steel cable round it and attaching the ends to a bulldozer. When the machine was driven forward the cable cut through the stone like cheese, and the building collapsed into a pile of rubble. This building served as the first police office (1860s) in Pollokshaws, and in the 1913 OS map it is marked Police Barracks. Clearly seen here too is where the single line tram rails have been removed.
79 ROSSENDALE ROAD
The oblong tenement block on the left, bounded by Greenview, Rossendale and Leckie Streets and Pollokshaws Road, had other tenement buildings standing within it, which gave delivery men unfamiliar with the layout endless trouble finding addresses there. At the far end is Leckie Street and the old Free Presbyterian Church. The pub on the right, MacLachlan’s, was known as Mac’s.
80 LECKIE STREET
From this viewpoint at Parkhill Road, Leckie Street (formerly College Street) today wears a very different aspect from the one seen here. At the bottom of the steeper section is the Rossendale Road crossing, with Pollokshaws Road at the far end. The villa on the right, in Rossendale Road, and the segment of tenement seen alongside the church, are in existence but all else in sight, except the far background, are either gone or hidden by new construction. Behind the church, above the right hand end of the roof ridge is a villa on the highest part of North Hill (a name seemingly lost today) in either Mannering Road or Ravenshall Road. Behind the shed on the other side of Pollokshaws Road, the low terrace of houses on the north side of Ellangowan Road can be seen. Not long after the slide was taken the Corporation built a tenement here which cuts off this view
81 OWER LECKIE STREET
...with the vacant Pollokshaws East Free Church (1871) building. When the congregation moved from the original building in Riverbank Street, the first minister in the new building, this one, was the Rev. David Stewart, after which the Vennel building was used as the church hall. In 1930 the congregation amalgamated with Auldfield Parish Church in Shawbridge Street. Curiously, there is another building here, the Church of the Christian Brethren lying beyond the Free Church, tucked in between it and the odd shaped building fronting on Pollokshaws Road, a corner of which is seen here and which also still survives much modified on the inside. The Brethren church had two entrances, one at the gas lamp-standard near centre here, and the other in Pollokshaws Road at the light coloured telephone box. The post office has a post-box in front, but also seen in front of these is a stretch of washing line on the drying green with an item hung out to dry. The writers wife, who was born in the close (no.16) which occupied the gap space on the extreme left, said this washing green was used by the tenants of the closes in Leckie Street.
Of the remaining slides, six cover a few scenes during the demolition, and the rest were taken from the first of the high flats while the others were being constructed. The latter are not in date order but are shown as a panorama taken at different times
82 SHAWHOLM STREET
During the redevelopment, Shawholm Street, formerly Wodrow Street and before that it was New Street, which ran between Nether Auldhouse Road and Cogan Street, disappeared. The cranes seen here are for construction and are not connected with the demolition work. Here we are looking due north with low down in the centre background Sir John Maxwell's School, and on the far right, glimpsed behind the tenement is the rear of the Original Secession Church (slide 33). The road in the right foreground was the access into the works of engineering company John Dalglish, and the disappearing tenement on the left is the front of the building seen in slide 83
83 As 82
This is a rear view of the building seen being demolished in slide 82 viewed from Shawbridge Street, with the rear corner of another in Shawbridge Street about to meet the same fate on the extreme right. The brick built shed (left) was part of Dalglish's engineering works, and behind is the roof of the Corporation (council) red sandstone tenement in Nether Auldhouse Road. Hillpark heights, seen before the school was built, are in the background.
84 VIEW FROM THE REAR OF SHAWBRIDGE STREET
Looking over to Pollok Academy and Pollok Parish Church, with clearance of the old buildings completed preparations are under way to begin the piling for the high flats in Shawholm Crescent and 232 Shawbridge Street
85 As 84
This blurred view was taken looking in the same direction as slide 84. Pollok Academy will survive intact for another five years. Pollok Parish Church survived for about another ten years.
86 ORCHARD PLACE (1968)
The gable wall collapse was due to the great storm of the 14/15 of January when the wind-speed reached hurricane force, but the building was empty and due for demolition. The low building behind the group of boys (no doubt originators of the tree house), the disused clinic, was also removed at this time. Note the Salvation Army hall with the multi at 124 Shawbridge Street, first let in April 1967, behind. The tenement visible between Orchard Place and the hall is the Co-op building which was demolished after another year or two. Behind the school, with a construction crane seemingly sprouting from a chimney head, one of the Birness multis is nearly completed
87 VIEW FROM THE SCHOOL SPORTS PITCH
Between the Burgh Hall and Sir John Maxwell school, next to the first of the four Birness Drive buildings, the terrace in Parkhouse Road stands out. St. Conval's Primary, St Mary's Chapel and the Stag tenement opposite the Townshouse are visible, the latter partly obscured by a corner of the swimming baths/steamy building. Bengal Street extended to Pollokshaws Road here and it and Crumm Street were soon to be closed off at the Salvation Army hall.
88 VIEW FROM 232 SHAWBRIDGE STREET (1968)
The present Pollokshaws Parish Church is prominent (see slide 33) in its much altered setting, with part of the police station roof visible at bottom right. In the background is R & H Kennedy's creamery in Cogan Street with a lorry standing at the loading bay
89 HILLPARK FROM 232 (c1965)
Hillpark Secondary School can be seen under construction, and the grassy slope below it is now covered with housing. The roads are Nether Auldhouse (nearest) and Auldhouse Road with the Greenbank Park grounds and the Auldhouse Burn between. Taken from an eastern end corridor window high up at 232 Shawbridge Street.
90 LOOKING WEST FROM 232
Centre left is the spire of Eastwood Parish Church, and below it and nearer centre is Auldhouse Cottage next to Auldhouse Bridge. At that time the cottage was the residence of the Director of Glasgow Corporation Parks Department, Mr. Garside. The Auldhouse Avenue tenements stand out right of centre. The tower block on the right is the second in order of construction from Nether Auldhouse Road. Note the petrol station and the small queue waiting for a number 40 bus. The next slide has additional information
91 NETHER AULDHOUSE ROAD FROM 215 SHAWBRIDGE STREET
Here we see the junctions of the realigned Shawbridge Street (foreground at the bottom) with Nether Auldhouse Road, and Harriet Street (lower right). Greenbank Street was the short street off Harriet Street with one close each side, and the building seen lower left centre, which was formerly a mission hall, was used as a nursery school. In the distance on the right is the first of the five multi-storey buildings at Kennishead in the course of construction. At bottom left the roof glimpsed is John Dalglish's works shed seen in 83
92 BARRHEAD ROAD FROM 232 (1965)
This was before the roundabout was laid out at the West. Four buses are on Barrhead Road, two of which are heading towards Pollok, after passing under the not long since completed second span of the railway bridge. Note the new masonry of the left abutment and centre span. Cunningham's garage (Pollokshaws Motors) and the two houses adjoining it, one each side, and the old Methodist Church at the bottom left, are being demolished. The light coloured building to the right of them is the former Orange Hall. All are disappearing with implementation of the road widening and roundabout construction scheme. Pollokshaws Bowling Club’s clubhouse is at the lower right, and the new Pollok Golf Club clubhouse can be seen in the trees above it. Kennishead Road was realigned a decade later to join Barrhead Road on the west side of the railway. Left of the new bridge and alongside the railway line, just visible is the office shack in the yard of Frame's the carriers.
93 SHAWHOLM CRESCENT FROM 232 (c1965)
Kirk Care church sponsored sheltered housing now occupies the site of Pollok Church of Scotland and the hall. The four-storey brick tenement off Shawholm Crescent on the right behind the church nears completion
94 POLLOKSHAWS WEST STATION (c1965)
From a higher elevation in the same building
95 POLLOK ESTATE FROM 215 (c1966)
Faintly seen in the right background is the tower of Glasgow University. The high flats prominent left of centre are at Dumbreck, with the gasometer just to the east of Helen Street to the left of them. The 15 storey building in the right foreground is in Shawholm Crescent with the church and railway station at lower left. The red brick tenement looks as if it is now occupied.
96 POLLOK ESTATE (1966)
From 232 Shawbridge Street
97 POLLOK CHURCH OF SCOTLAND
This and the next two views were taken from the 14th floor at 232 Shawbridge Street where Miss Wren removed to. Construction of the Shawholm Crescent multi storey nears completion as does the red brick building behind the church. This view dates from the same period as slides 93/4.
98 POLLOKSHAWS ROAD (c1965)
The train of freight vehicles seen in the west sidings could be the one loaded with the Radio Times referred to in slide 59. Below Pollokshaws West signal box Pickwell's house next to the bridge at Pollok Avenue appears to be stripped ready for demolition. Taken from 232 Shawbridge Street.
99 MODERN POLLOKSHAWS TAKES SHAPE (1966)
Taken again from the 19-storey block at 215 Shawbridge Street, it shows the 22-storey 142 Shawbridge Street block nearing completion. Behind is the newly finished building at 124. In front of the Burgh Hall is the orchard with the austerity wartime clinic building, and next to it the two close tenement known as Orchard Place in Bengal Street. Above Orchard Place Wellgreen Court is newly completed, and behind the Burgh Hall tower is the goods yard with another train of vans in the west sidings
100 SHAWHOLM CRESCENT (1965)
Construction of the Pollokshaws high flats began at The West and proceeded north. Here the Shawholm Crescent building nears completion. Beyond, the first few floors of number 160 Shawbridge Street and the adjacent low-rise buildings are under construction. Left of it, and partly hidden by the higher block, is one of the few glimpses we get in these views of the Salvation Army hall, with the old men's hall (now demolished) lying across its gable end. At its right shoulder is the Maxwell Arms pub building
101 SHAWBRIDGE STREET FROM 232 (1965)
Centre left, the light coloured gable of the building Miss Wren lived in indicates that it's still standing. The red crane in the right foreground is being used in the assembly of the building at 215, which will cut off from view all to the right of the churches, and low down on the left the 160 Shawbridge Street building is at fourth floor level
102 SHAWBRIDGE STREET (1966)
The older buildings in the centre Riverford Road /McDougal Street) survive. Behind them Shawhill is being cleared for construction of the four blocks to be put up there some years later in what became known as Birness Drive. The block nearest on the left was the last of these three to be built. It was first let in June/July 1967. Another building of the similar design was put up opposite the then new Campbell Library about three years later, which had the height of each floor reduced by a few inches so that the actual height of the finished building matched the other three. The one partly obscured on the left (124 Shawbridge Street) was first let in April 1967. Tombstones of the Vennel can be seen behind the Riverbank Street building, with the about to be demolished old Campbell Library building nearby.
103 THE RIVER CART AND THE WEIR
Construction of the block in Riverbank Street has been completed and it is being fitted out. The first houses were let in February 1967, so this view was most likely to have been taken during autumn/winter of 1966. Here too on the left in Riverbank Street is the clearest view of the house in which, reputedly, one of the Provosts of Pollokshaws lived. Half-a-dozen temporary shops were built at the Riverbank Street corner to replace about four times that number removed in the clearances, before the arcade was built. The buildings at lower right, seen before, are what were the turbine works of John McDonald, who progressed to building pneumatic tools, were obviously sited here to take advantage of the weir
104 As 103 (1964)
A slightly different view over the factory roofs. In the lower right hand corner the tower crane visible is for the construction of the 215 block
105 215 SHAWBRIDGE STREET
Seen from 232 the block is at about the mid point in its construction
106 AULDHOUSE PARK (1966)
Proceeding from the foreground are the premises of Donaldson & Filer, John Horn, Auldhouse Park, Newlands bus garage, and Riverford Road leading on to Newlands Road. The multi-storey block in the distance, seemingly under construction with the crane sprouting from above it, is the first of the pair at Mount Florida
107 SHAWBRIDGE STREET (1966)
When the three tallest buildings at the rear were completed they were opened for letting in 1967. The building opposite the library and the low-rise red brick constructions opposite Bengal Street were put up around 1971
108 ACCIDENT ON THE RAILWAY AT POLLOKSHAWS WEST STATION 1925/6
This Caley Jumbo class engine had been shunting in the main 'up' (east side) goods yard, and with its train was drawing up to the exit signal to await clearance on to the main line. When the signal for the main line was drawn 'off', giving clearance for another train approaching, the Jumbo driver thought it was for him and started up. The engine and train ran into the head-shunt, went through the buffer-stops and demolished the signal box, which at that time was on the east side of the line. It then rolled down the embankment and finished up in the garden of Pickwell's house which stood at the corner of Pollok Avenue. This scene of the recovery of the engine presents a mystery; it is at Pollokshaws West station, which is on the opposite side of the river from where it landed? The only feature visible here identifying the location, is the curve of the stonework of the arch of the bridge, at the entrance to Pollok Estate at 2060 Pollokshaws Road. It can be seen just above the right-hand edge of the cab roof, and the bridge butters or abutment beyond it.