Saturday, 27 March 2010

Cowcaddens


Cowcaddens is a district beside Garnethill and Townhead, and has some cracking buildings, like this, the old New City Rd Savings Bank
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cowcaddens
A marvellous vision of the old Cowcaddens  can be found by googling 'Cowcaddens, Alasdair Gray' 

Glasgow's Chinatown 



The Scottish Piping Centre 


Heading into Townhead 
Housing Association flats
The Sunday Post building: an outpost of the Dundee DC Thompson empire

This building appeals to me. No idea about the pub, but the union jack in the middle suggests a Rangers pub. . .
The pedestrian/cyclist underpass behind Chinatown. It is usually manky and in the summer the sides may be tenanted, but this day,  for some reason, it was relatively clean and empty except for a large and mysterious concrete ball
The underpass from  Cowcaddens Undergound to city centre right-hand side. . 
Underpass left-hand side

West Renfrew St, facing west: Garnethill on left, Cowcaddens on right

47 comments:

  1. Great site. I was born and brought up in The Cowcaddens 1946-1954 with a few Visits in between the years. Never knew about China Town?? I lives opposite The Gushet Pub and above the Loughswilly. I attended Dundas Vale, I think it was quite a Normal School ??
    Great Photos. Were you a native of Cowcaddens yourself? W Eversley
    winstone46@hotmail.co.uk

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    1. Hi, my family came from Stow St and we all went to Dundas Vale (The Normal). My sister was born in 1946 so may well have been your classmate. Her name is Elizabeth (Betty) Thomson. Does the name ring any bells? Do you happen to have any school photos from your time there? We never got them and I would love to find one for her. Have tried all avenues I can think of over the last several years with no joy. Just found this site while trying again as she was talking about it last night. Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2014 to you and yours.

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    2. Hi, my family came from Stow St and we all went to Dundas Vale (The Normal). My sister was born in 1946 so may well have been your classmate. Her name is Elizabeth (Betty) Thomson. Does the name ring any bells? Do you happen to have any school photos from your time there? We never got them and I would love to find one for her. Have tried all avenues I can think of over the last several years with no joy. Just found this site while trying again as she was talking about it last night. Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2014 to you and yours.

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    3. hi Ellen there are some Dundas vale pics here -

      http://www.friendsreunited.co.uk/dundas-vale/b/45e3380c-ae67-43f6-9b95-c43a2d6d668b

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    4. Thanks very much for that info. I've already been through all those posted on friendsreunited, again last night just to double check. I even posted my own, which I got from an old school friend I had got in contact several years ago. I only found this site by searching for 'dundas vale school photos'. I know it is a long shot but at least it's a shot! I appreciate you help. Thanks again.

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    5. Was born in ferguson St in 47 went to the normal the Stobo clan

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  2. Hi Winstone! I was a Toonheid boy brought up in Collins St (next to the Baths) went to City Public, left in 63.

    Many thanks for the kind words. I started the blog last October as a way of recording a changing Glasgow from my bike!

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  3. My dad was born and raised in Cowcaddens in 1946 and he talks about the normal school! lol his name is Eddie Crossan - wonder if any of you remember him? winstone46 - you were most likely in the same class......

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    1. Oh, yes, I remember him. Came from Ferguson St.

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    2. I went to Dundas Vale - ie the Normal and so did my brother who was more your dad's age.

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    3. Hi carolineOfScots, my sister, Betty Thomson, was born and raised in Cowcaddens, well we all were, but she was born in 1946 and may well be a former classmate of your father. Eddie Crossan rings a bell for her. I may be being cheeky but does your dad happen to have any old school photos? I would love to be able to get a copy of one for her as we never got them bought for us at the time.

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    4. I certainly do remember EddieCrossan, the name anyway, what street was he on, I lived on Wemyss Street. beside the arcade, Name is Margaret McGregor.

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    5. Hi Margaret, my dad lived on Wemyss street, above the joiners shop. My mums name was Lizzie Crossan and I had an older brother called Dougie Crossan. My cousin, who was at school with me was Davie Stobo. At dundas vale my headmaster was mr Alexander and I remember a Mr Wright who told me he didn't know what was gonna become of me haha.

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    6. Does anyone recall Mrs McGuigan from Ferguson street who owned the fruit and veg shop? I used to clean up for her, put fruit away etc. she was a girlfriend of Johnny Crossan, my uncle. Mt wife Cathy Crossan nee McDonald used to work in Dallas if anyone remembers her.

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    8. Eddie Crossan was my brothers pal ( jim Donnelly) we stayed in burnside buildings, got a pic of them in their "biker" gear taken in phoenix park.....did he have a really bad motorbike accident ?

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  4. Hi Caroline - name rings a bell our paths may well have crossed!

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  5. Hi fellow CooCaddiennes if there are such people we are them I was born in Oakbank Hospital April 16th 1946 I lived above the LoughSwilly but it was not called that then.
    MCCormacks the Music shop people were at one side of my close and a Fruit and veg shop the other.
    mr. Rome had a Leather Shop across the road he made brief cases and other Leather goods. He was a great wee polite man. my favourite Chip shop was the Thistle in Renfield Street always spotless and First Class fresh clean Fish and Chips (Joe's)
    I remember it as Joe's and The Best Ice Cream in The World was sold at the Top of Hope Street / Maitland Street in the Cowcaddens very distinctive taste. Morte later.
    my Email is:
    winstone46@hotmail.co.uk
    Thanks for the response and replies.
    I lived in Cowcaddens from 1946 until 1954.
    My dear Mother died when i was only 3 years old in 1949 and my Granny died in 1954.
    I saw Roy Rogers Live at the Glasgow Empire
    I went to the Grand Cinema to watch The Coronation in June 1953 when I attended Dundas Vale (The normal) School Morte later.
    Winston Fae Coocadenns. Blessings to All

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    1. I remember you Winston. You were in my class. :)

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    2. I worked in McCormacks music shops in cowcaddens st.There were some characters like Mrs Shannon,Lockie Ingram had the barber shop,Jimmy and Billy worked for him.Jock Henderson and his sons ran the Variety bar,other pubs the Loughswilly,Vincent McNulty,s the Squirrel,an elderly highlandman John had the Angus,davie was his barman.The Thistle was agreat chippie,run by Joe,Jim ,Robin ,Isa and Kate,I think they were all family.

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    3. Hi, all
      I lived in McPhater Street from 1953 (birth) to 1965. My uncle & aunt lived above the Loughswilly (Bill & Mamie Lindsay ). Have lots of fond memories (and some not so fond) of life in the Coocaddens.

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    4. My parents Billy & Isabel McKellar, myself Pauline (born 1960) and my Nana Maggie Grant all lived at 33 McPhater Street until 1966 when we were shipped out to Easterhouse. I remember the park, the shared toilet on each landing and the little shop next door to our close.

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    5. Hi pauline aye we got shipped from ferguson St to easterhouse Conisbrough Rd

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    6. Hi david your brother was tommy stobo your sister was betty tommy flew pidgeons from outside window next close to were you lived at 11 ferguson st Dougie Crossan was a friend of mine now live in CANADA

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    7. My mum Mary Hamilton was born 11 Ferguson St 1934 above SooCosy pub. There is a street pic of her 1943 "Welcome Home Jimmie" welcoming come a local from war.

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  6. I was late to Coocaddens (1961)however it was the epicentre of our family. My Gran /Grampa, Mary and Joseph Kerr lived in Garscube Road, facing the Bear's Paw. I loved Phoenix Park, the Grand and the Cambridge. One of my early jobs was to clean Mrs Gizzi's motor, right outside the cafe, Who remembers waiting for their/change to come whizzing doon the pipes in Dallas's? What about Jimmy Milligan's in Shamrock Street. Always open late to sell you tea, even though the law said you could not do that after 7 o'clock ( I think!) also did my bookie's runner to New City road. A tanner on Lester Picket, the old ones luvved him. Fitba in Gayfield street with Pat Thomas, Sassa Brannan Fudd McPherson, the Grove Street boys. Happy happy days

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    1. Walter George fudd Mcpherson here you sure brought back memories of great days I hope your well

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    2. Walter its fudd George Mcpherson here what memories of a great time in my life hope your well

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  7. My old Infants Schoolteacher came from New City Road. She was born in 1894 and described as a 'scholar' in the 1901 Census! The family lived at 988 New City Rd if I recall rightly. I wonder if she was a pupil at the Normal School, if the whole of New City Rd was in the catchment for the Normal?
    Her father was a stone mason, a George Ferrier. She had a younger brother, George and sister, Violet. Her name was Elizabeth. In later life she lived in the more 'upmarket' Southpark Ave. Wonder if she trained as a teacher herself at the Normal, or if it was all done at Jordanhill by then .
    She ended up teaching for years at Garrowhill Primary.
    Ewan Wilson

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  8. I love all your stories about the Grand Cinema and my favourite sweet shop next door. Trams trundling past Dallas'sThe smell of the toffees been made near Pheonix Park. Do you remember the walking through Woolworths and coming out on Sauchiehall St. I'm John and I was born in Oakbank Hospital 7th July 1946, went to St Theresa's. Eventually worked in Dobbies loan (Federated Paints)
    Became a Bus Conductor and then a Driver at Possilpark Depot for GCT from 1965. I was not into football as I preferred the dancing at the Barras. My brother Owen Worked at Shaw & McInnes, Firhill before leaving to go up North.

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  9. I was born under the kitchen table during an air raid in 1941 at 21 Ferguson Street, I worked in Showcard Service (in the back shop of the Rex Rcord Salon) in Cambridge Street and done the show cards for Dallas' (by hand) and also the cinema posters for the Rex in Garscube Road and the Hillhead Salon. My eldest brother worked for Samuel Craig Painters in Ferguson Street before becoming a bus driver out of Possil garage.

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    1. HI Bob, I was born in Ferguson Street in 1940, Do you remember Sdidie McCafferty I was not there long then my Mom and Dad move round the corner to Wemyss Street. Was it you who put the gum in my hair at the Camridge? I am now in the States, but have such fond memories of Tony;s Café, great ice cream, I went to Garnetbank school. I remember everything about the cowcaddens like it was yesterday, We did;nt have much but somehow we were always happy.

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    2. Hi Anonymous,
      I wouldn't put chewing gum in your hair although I'd had it done to me in that same cinema) as us 3 boys had a fairly strict upbringing both in Milton Parish Church and in the Baptist Church's "Band of Hope" in Cambridge street, and even though I'm in my mid 70's I still remember the minister preaching to us weans that "GOD WAS WATCHING YOU!!"

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    3. You must still remember the Fish and Chip shop in Cambridge Street run by Tony and Big Emma

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    4. emmas the chip shop was born round the corner 17 ferguson st the stobos eddie crossan is my cousin

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    5. emmas the chip shop was born round the corner 17 ferguson st the stobos eddie crossan is my cousin

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    6. Hi Bob , My dad worked at Sam Craigs as a painter and decorator. His name is Donald Nicolson (Nicky) other names that worked with him were Matt Byrne, Robert Sweeney and Charlie Grieve.

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    7. I was born at Crossburn Street in 1928 and lived there until 1948 .Anyone stayed in the street during that time?

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    8. Hi bob do you remember jimmy reid stayed up your close no 21 we stayed in no 17 the stobos

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    9. Teenybash61. Do you know if Richard Sweeney ever lived in Gayfield Street?

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  10. Anyone lived in Crossburn Street between 1928 and 1948?

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  11. Nice pic from the top of Renfrew St 1961 https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=774381622673696

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  12. Hi, I lived at number 44 weymss street, 1955 til 1960s my dad was Tommy Aitken, my Mum Was Ellen (Kane) . Does anyone know of them ? It would be amazing to hear from anyone who did.thanks, Tommy Jnr,.

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  13. Hi Tommy. Although my memory isn't great I remember the Aitkens. Do you have a few big sisters and were you the first, maybe only boy?

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  14. names Tom Hepburn used to live in Burnside St. attended DUNDAS Vale then Woodside then moved to Drumchapel lot of fond memories good people

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  15. I lived in burnside bldgs., went to st joseph's..'53-62

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  16. Lived up 33McPhater street and knew Eddie Docherty and Mrs Grant. Isabel Grant was a wee bit older than me but I remember her husband Mr McKellar who was an electrician. I also lived at 88Cowcaddens street till 1969!

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