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Byres Road 1967

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Byres Road Feb 2008

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Byres Road (entrance to Ashton Lane) Sept 1933

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Byres Road (entrance to Ashton Lane) Feb 2008

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Bank Street 1955

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Bank Street Feb 2008

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Gibson Street 1906

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Gibson Street Feb 2008

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Great post, HH. See the Ashton Lane one though .. there sems to be tenements side on visible above where the curry shop is now but in the new pic it is red sandstone building.

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Tthe tenements were demolished. If you look at the view below, you will see the lane & the church behind a second row of tenements, the row in between is long gone.

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More HH please!!!!

Great contrasts

Gawd the 3 wifeys in bank Street in 1955 are gossipping in 2008 one. Is this a record??

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Brilliant stuff, HH.

I like Gibson Street best. Also entrance to Ashton Lane looks so different.

If you get a chance take a walk round Westbank Quadrant and see if you can get a look at the GOW Triangle Project.

Tremendous refurbishment of the backcourt.

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Pat, what is the GOW Triangle Project.

"GOW is the collective acronym for the Gibson Street, Otago Street and Westbank Quadrant 'triangle community', so called, because the streets join to form a triangular backcourt. The group provides a fantastic example of what can be achieved when Glasgow West End residents put their heads together to transform an ugly and neglected backcourt into an attractive area they can be proud of."

http://www.glasgowwestend.co.uk/out/gowtriangle.php

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Its probably Maryhill Rd, Cathcart Rd or somewhere in Gorgie.

Quick! Someone count the chimneys.

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Indeed. In HH's first pic of Byres Rd, the b&w one, the motor that is just coming onto Byres Road is turning outside Tennent's.

Jings, auld photies. Addictive.

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Had a project of 24 of these to do today, unfortunately numerous pints of Riegler got in the way. Anyway here are the ones I did manage. All positive correctional comments welcome as it's very difficult to capture some 'Past / Presents' with the changes in street numbers / demolition of buildings etc.

24-10 Vinicombe St. (no date)

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Feb 2008

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Salon Cinema (1960's ?)

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One of Glasgow's longest running cinemas, the Hillhead Picture Salon was designed by Brand & Lithgow and opened by the Hillhead Picture House Co in 1913. An orchestra added to the atmosphere. A refurbishment in 1931 maintained the high standard of interior furnishings.

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By the 1960s the Salon relied on a loyal but dwindling band of local customers and the cinema continued to struggle for its existence after new owners Fyfe and Fyfe refurbished it in 1970. In

1987 it was acquired by Caledonian Associated Cinemas, owners of the nearby Grosvenor Cinema, and the Salon was finally closed in 1992.

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The Western Baths 1994:

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The entrance to the Western Baths Club in Cranworth Street, Hillhead, 1994. The symbol on the wall to the left of the doorway is an ARP sign for emergency water supply for fire fighting, dating from the Second World War.Designed by local architects Clarke & Bell, the Western Baths Club building was completed in 1881 with a fashionable Turkish bath as its showpiece. Early financial troubles resulting in liquidation were overcome when the club re-opened in 1886. Over the years, the Western Baths Amateur Swimming Club has been very successful, with many championship winning performances from both men and women members.

In the 21st century, the club remains open to members who are required to pay an annual subscription. Its facilities include a swimming pool, gymnasium, social area, steam room, hot room, tepidarium, cold water plunge pool, Turkish bath and sauna. Naturist sessions are organised by the independent Scottish Outdoor Club.

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Feb 2008:

347-357 Byres Rd. 1930:

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347-357 Byres Rd, 1930

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339-355 Byres Rd, 1933

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314 Byres Rd, 1931

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320 Byres Rd, 1929

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320 Byres Rd, 1929

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Hi HH you sure on Feb 2008, 347-357 Byres Rd Your orig was 1930 & Im pretty sure they stopped building Red Standstone Buildings just after WW1

Could be wrong though. Would sggest 1930 date wrong, Tenement looks early 1900s, 1920s at latest

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Oz, I thought HH meant when the phoitie was taken, not when the biulding was built or am I way off, in a dwam wi this thread ?

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Oz, I thought HH meant when the phoitie was taken, not when the biulding was built or am I way off, in a dwam wi this thread ?

You are right, H, if I'm reading Ozzy's post correctly. Having said that, the VM is notoriously full of errors.

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Oz, I thought HH meant when the phoitie was taken, not when the biulding was built or am I way off, in a dwam wi this thread ?

Date of 1930 photo is Sus Hing.

If tenement was built in, at latest early 20s photo could not be 1930.

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Date of 1930 photo is Sus Hing.

If tenement was built in, at latest early 20s photo could not be 1930.

The photo is probably not earlier than 1922 or much later than 1930. From Glasgow Cinemas

n 1922, a few miles east of Hyndland, the Botanic Gardens Picture House Company planned a cinema at the junction of Byres Road and Observatory Road. It was described as "a palatial addition to the places of amusement in Glasgow" and promised a lounge, lunch, tea rooms and "an invention for the projection of colour films". A forecourt would have led to the three main entrance doors on Observatory Road which featured glass panels with metal latticework decoration.

...Sadly, the good people of Hillhead were not impressed by the design or the location and fought the scheme for eight years, finally forcing the company into liquidation.

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....And McKinlays got a much fabber shop!

That red sandstone tenement is a later style of architecture thatn most in Glasgow. Art-y deco-y.

I do recall discussion on this forum about that very building, a good while back. What is that building called - is it Grosvenor Mansions?

A 30s-era build I do believe.

Byres Road is much the poorer these days. No proper shopping to be had, or window shopping to be done. No stamps to be bought or parcels posted. No ladies with waists in coats, with shopping bags.

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347-357 Byres Rd, 1930

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From 'Along Great Western Road' Gordon R. Urquhart

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In the above photograph, a hoarding can be seen advertising the cinema that nwe referred to.

Here is a drawing of the proposed cinema, originaly posted by 'Apollo' over on HG:

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From 'Along Great Western Road' Gordon R. Urquhart

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The cinema would have stood in place of:

339-355 Byres Rd, 1933

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From 'Along Great Western Road' Gordon R. Urquhart

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Now if the cinema was first mooted in 1922 & the ensuing wrangle lasted for eight years, this would take us up to 1930. Which is the date that the original row of buildings were demolished. That being the case, the Grosvenor Mansions could only have been built from 1930 onwards, looks like the date may be correct after all.

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