Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Clydebank 1: the Golden Jubilee and Environs

Welcome to my wee photoblog on Glasgow, where we feature joys and unjoys of walking and cycling through a fascinating, beautiful and often badly run city. For the blog's origin and an alphabetical list of posts see the 'Introduction' post -
It's late November 2010 and we are off for a trot around the Golden Jubilee Hospital and its environs in Clydebank, just outside Glasgow

This is Dumbarton Rd with Duntocher Rd is up there on the right with nice rainbow above. We are in the Dalmuir part of Clydebank. See

Jimmy's Halal Hot Spot

I have to say this bus shelter is one of the most rigorously defaced I have ever seen

Clouds clearing

Agamemnon St on left.
The name commemorates the battleshp HMS Agamemnon built here in 1906 - she took part in the Dardnelles campaign and it was on this ship that Turkish officials signed the 1918 armistice. There is a beautiful carving of the ship on the tenement (Dumbarton Rd side) - I took a pic but it's rubbish. For a much better one see

Looking back down Dumbarton Rd leading into Glasgow

The entrance to the Golden Jubilee Hospital looking out - Agamemnon St end
Its history is fascinating. The hospital began as a 'Medical Tourism' hospital - for rich Arabs basically - and ended up in the NHS. It's doubtful if the idea was that patients from Abu Dhabi could relax by watching the Clyde sewage boats pass up and down - perhaps the close proximity of Glasgow Airport and the grouse moors a few hours away were factors. See
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This sculpture is called 'Change'. see

We have transplanted ourselved from the hospital's Agamemnon St entrance, crossed Dumbarton Rd and walked up to Duntocher Rd to 'box' the hospital. We'll take a wee walk up as on the left there is. . .

. . .Dalmuir station

We;ve walked back down Duntocher Rd to Dumbarton Rd where we find. . .

. . .the Dalmuir lock of the Forth and Clyde canal. See

We've crossed Dumbarton Rd and at its junction with Beardmore St we find the 'Beardmore Sculpture' of HMS Ramillies, built at the Beardmore yards here in 1916 - she served in both WWI and WWII, See
The Beardmore yards manufactured 107 ships, 393 locomotives and 539 aircraft, including the Re34 airship, the first aircraft to cross the Atlantic east to west (in 1919). This area was once one of the hubs on which the world turned. See 
The fine sculpture was built by local sculptor Tom McKendrick.

Now in Beardmore St heading for hospital - quick look back, sun is glorious

The Beardmore end of the hospital

The hospital is clean and the staff work culture is excellent. Unlike the Western, you don't get nasty sweary porters here

A line of beauty

View across to Renfrew. Have also used this pic at
as with a stretch of the imagination - especially at this time of day - you can almost see Iron Age vessels and maybe a Roman patrol boat go by. This is a very ancient crossing point

The Clydebank Titan Crane. See

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And this is an excellent Clydebank photo site -


  1. some wonderful photos Edwin - great sky-scapes - I reckon the 'Clydebank Titan Crane' has its own line of beauty in your composition

  2. Thanks Parallax! The hospital is wonderful - like the charity hospital in Jesus of Montreal - but with a politically very interesting past, as indeed does the area itself. Industry has become tourism and shopping 'experiences' alas.