While it would have been nice to find a whole (Classic) car that nobody wanted, I don’t have that sort of luck.
The reality was that I noticed some chrome shining in the long grass as I rummaged around the remains of a deserted and demolished site that was once a stadium. Although some of it had remained in place, by which I mean the ruins of some of the buildings and walls, a few years ago somebody decided to flatten even that small piece of evidence and clear away most of the rubble, leaving only some rubbish, and the concrete bases on which the buildings had once stood.
Such is the clearance that even a waste disposal operation that used to occupy the adjacent ground had closed up and gone away when I decided to take a walk there recently. This was probably chased by the developer of a new housing estate on the land nearby, which is slowly spreading, leading to the old roads being upgraded, which presumably means the houses will keep on appearing.
Back to the glint of chrome, and some rummaging around revealed this to be the chrome surround from a little old Wolseley, together with some of the vertical struts (well, two including the centre, with partial badge).
I’m not sure how common the design of the Wolseley radiator grille was across the range, and guess this was probably from the 1950s. If my memory is not too far off, then the missing centre from the badge would actually have been fitted with a light bulb, and been illuminated with the car’s sidelights.
Sadly, there wasn’t much left of the car, or the radiator, but you can see where the badge would have been fitted:
For all the times I walked around here in past years, I was never able to see into the waste disposal site. A suitably high fence made sure it was well hidden, although I suspect the real reason was just to make it hard for thieves to get in and help themselves to any of the stuff lying around, regardless of whether or not it had any value, or was likely to kill them at worst, or make them ill at best.
As can be seen, there’s little or nothing left behind, and they even seemed to have taken that wall away with them too.
Surprised to see the yellow painted lorry run still in place, as it must have some scrap value – and the former owners would have been likely to know where to dispose of it. A substantial lump of metal, but maybe not worth the effort of cutting up for transport off the site.
I’m often found trying to convince other folk to “Look up”, or “Look over walls” as they pass the, as it’s often that case that many interesting things are missed by most people simply because they are too focussed on themselves, or where they are going.
And today we have the curse of the various flavours of mobile devices, which people are determined to either stare at, or poke, during their every waking moment.
I’d been walking up and down Cambuslang Main Street on a fairly dull and miserable day recently, when I decided to stop for a rest, and ended up leaning against a wall near the station. Without thinking, I turned around and looked over it – and found it to be a monumental sculptor’s yard, full of headstones and similar.
But most noticeable was the footballer, pictured below.
I’ve no idea if this depicts someone in particular, or is just a generic offering the artist has for those who are keen.
I have absolutely no interest in the subject or the game, so can’t even have a guess.
But, it does at least prove that ‘looking over walls’ can pay dividends – but please remember to do it carefully!
I had to follow a slightly different path during one of my recent wanders, as the gates to a station on the route were tied shut. When I got closer I could some busy men working away on platform – but due to the lie of the land I couldn’t see what the were doing as they were above me since the road passed below the station.
But I did notice something I hadn’t spotted before, the Neighbourhood Watch warning sign shown below, attached to lamppost on the station’s perimeter:
I have to admit, this one left me more than a little puzzled.
After all, one of the things you need for a neighbourhood watch to work is… watchers!
In this particular case, a look to north from near this sign shows:
To the south:
To the east:
And finally to the west, with the path to the station above, which is an unmanned station, and the lamppost with the sign attached:
To be fair, this is a little tongue-in-cheek, and while there is nobody here, and few people to see that sign (I seldom see anyone else when I walk here), the actual area it covers is that of Broomhouse, for which you can find more details here:
Caught this one quite far from its natural habitat, the opposite side of the city.
Wonder how many plumbers and similar have coughed up a few quid to have such a number plate on their vehicles?
They’re hardly rare, so should be relatively easy to find.
I still have to catch the sewage, sludge, and cess-pit vehicles that feature POO plates. I’m sure I’ve come across them in the past, but not, sadly, where I could catch a pic.
A static exhibition is planned by the Glenrothes Aeromodelling Club for Saturday, March 15, 2014, at at Lyon Square in the town’s Kingdom Shopping Centre.
Club members will be joined by friends from other clubs in the area, including Dunfermline, Balbedie, and Kinross, and will be displaying their model aircraft at the special event in the Centre.
The Glenrothes Club was formed in 1960, and has consistently had a healthy membership within the town.
Currently they have more than 60 regular members who attend events across the region.
The Glenrothes club is highly respected amongst the aeromodelling fraternity, and boasts a wealth of facilities including its own clubhouse and five-acre flying site with runway.
Fife Today might have been just a little over enthusiastic with their headline, since this is a static display.
It seems this is first time this sort of display has been organised for some years.
Although it’s years since I was last there, I was at the club site and enjoyed the flying displays they put on at the fairly numerous events held there.
Find out more on their own web site:
One of the things that gets right up my nose is the media brainwashing about the 2014 Commonwealth Shames and the mythical ‘Lasting Legacy’ it is promised to deliver. However, I tend not to mention the subject, as I have no desire to be associated with the vitriolic web sites which have appeared in opposition to the event.
I live on the edge of an area blighted by this con, and have yet to see anything being delivered that benefits me. So far, I see a big shed (of no use to me or my lifestyle). razed areas, apparently cancelled housing development, and a load of east end public transport improvements that would have been nice, but were all cancelled once things were underway.
I’ll wait for about 10 years or so, then start digging for evidence of any benefits or ‘Lasting Legacy’ that this brought to Glasgow, or more likely (as I expect) to report on the abandoned and derelict venues, dilapidation following closures, and promised cash bounties that never materialised.
I am, if nothing else, patient, and if I make to 2024 will begin looking for evidence to show that the ‘Lasting Legacy’ was delivered.
However, this post relates to a current sad observation I made while walking across one of Glasgow’s old bridges recently, which could easily have been made into an attractive feature for visitors to admire as they crossed the river, but are instead treated only to to the sight of peeling paint and rusting metal.
The Albert Bridge lies just to the south of Saltmarket, once a busy and prosperous part of the city leading from Crown Street, now largely deserted and forgotten. Shops have tried to set up there for years, and it’s years since I’ve been there regularly, but even the shops I remember are gone, and most of the shop units now lie empty, or look dirty and neglected.
As for the bridge itself, it seems to have received no maintenance for years, and is certainly not benefiting from any ‘Lasting Legacy’, as seen on a pair of cast iron plaques that decorate each side of the bridge.
Once painted to highlight their features – Glasgow’s famous coat of arms – they are now faded, peeling, and rusting:
In order to see just how much of a difference a splash of care and maintenance (and a little paint) can make to such a feature, it’s only necessary to hop on the Rothesay ferry and have a look at the same sort of thing over there.
Most (maybe all) the street furniture has been cared of for years, especially important given the corrosive nature of the sea spray this is subject to for most of its life, and the coat of arms seen on one of the town’s lampposts gives an idea of how this relatively simple job can make a massive difference:
The top of these posts are pretty good looking as well, and the locals approve too:
It was never planned (and to be honest, we’re not even that involved with Peter Pan or JM Barrie, but recognise that it has become special to many), but the story of the rescue of Moat Brae has probably become one of our longest running recurring items since we first noticed that attempts were being made to save the house.
And it seems a shame not to mention it whenever a milestone is achieved, since so many similar projects fail, or fail to raise backing.
The public is to get a first glimpse of works to turn the house which inspired the Peter Pan story into a national centre for children’s literature.
Author JM Barrie played in the riverside gardens at Moat Brae in Dumfries as a child and based Neverland on his experiences.
The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust saved the property from demolition.
A six-week programme of public tours has been launched to let people see how restoration work is progressing.
Project director Cathy Agnew said the house is open on Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons over the next six weeks.
“We have now got this wind and watertight house with a new roof and all the new windows,” said Ms Agnew.
“The house is safe and it is saved for the community. We want people to have a look, have a look at our design concepts, have a look at the sort of things that we are wanting to do when we open as a national centre for children’s literature and storytelling.”
Following acquisition of Moat Brae House and gardens in 2011, the PPMBT undertook emergency works to stabilise the house and install a temporary roof.
The project look set to get a few more mentions for some years to come, as the centre is not expected to be open until 2017.
More info at:
And details of the public tours are available here:
It’s some years since Calderbank House, near Baillieston, was destroyed, apparently the victim of a ‘mysterious’ fire followed by a quick sale to a developer
It was listed by NHS records thus: Calderbank House Hospital near Baillieston was opened in 1919 and functioned as an annexe of Bellshill Maternity Hospital until 1964. When it joined the National Health Service in 1948, Calderbank was placed under the Board of Management for Coatbridge, Airdrie and District Hospitals.
Later, it was a Talbot Association Residential Home, their aim being “To provide care and solace for all destitute men and women in the form of accommodation including homes of rehabilitation to help individuals gain a useful place in society“.
So, no concluding dates relating to its existence. However, the building has been completely demolished and all evidence of the building removed.
Once Glasgow Zoo had also been eliminated, this laid the land open for development, a process which has slowly consumed the ground, and now seen the destruction of an area of forest that once occupied the land next to the Calderbank.
A few years ago, there used to be a gate across the path that led to the old house. It barred the way to traffic, but anyone on foot could just walk around it:
That gate disappeared a few years ago, to be replaced by one which controlled access for construction traffic and builders working on the housing behind.
A similar shot of the same spot shows the gate they installed is now of even less use than the one seen above, and how the wood behind has been removed and replaced by roads and a roundabout:
Another view taken from further along the road shows the extent of the change – all the area to the left of the road used to be wooded, now cleared of trees, it’s just some road and a roundabout. Note the old style lamppost on the right of this view, which shows the how the original road has been rerouted and moved to suit this new layout:
Looking across the area to the left, as seen above, what was once a wooded area shows only a few root stumps and wood chippings on the ground:
The Clyde Valley Community Forest seems to have had no protection from developers, and been a waste of time and money:
Now both subjects of this sign are nothing more than figments of the imagination:
I happened to be wandering near one of the roads that leads to the site which once used to be Mount Vernon Stadium, so decided that the absence of rain (a very strange thing over the past few weeks) merited a longer walk, so I turned of the main road and headed to the old site.
While this once boasted enough bits of building and hardware which allowed its operation as a dog track to be confirmed (about 10 years ago), a few years ago the track was raided (for want of a better word) and all the metalwork, fencing, and track hardware disappeared. Not long after that, what little that remained of the trackside building was knocked down and carted away, including the last length of brick wall that used to carry some painted signage relating to the stadium, and its use for training.
Now, there’s little more to see than some concrete bases, some bricks scattered on the ground, a few pieces of concrete fencing, and the outline of the track on the ground – sometimes used by quad-bikes. Although, having said that, the ruts they wore into the ground a while ago seem to have disappeared, so the bikers may have been chased off.
With nothing else to do, I started kicking the bricks around, and noticed that many of them carried brickmarks, a distinct mark or stamp formed on one of the faces which usually denotes either the maker’s name, or the product/range. This isn’t a hard and fast rule, and other information can be found in these marks, which can be found on dedicated web sites, such as:
All the bricks found were produced locally, by which I mean within a distance measured in tens of miles, so local brickyard were used for the material.
Click on any of the thumbs below for bigger pics and a gallery.
You can still make out the ground marks in an aerial view.
I expect even this will be gone in a few years, as there’s a steadily advancing housing development approaching from the west, and the roads are being upgraded.
Worth noting that if the view shows a working yard to the south and west, then it’s an older view, this was a waste disposal site, but which is no more, having closed down by the time I went back to the area.
For years, I’ve always meant to take a wander down to Cunningar Loop, from the Dalmarnock approach. But it never happened, and despite being nearby on a number of occasions, I never got around to studying the roads and maps to find out how to get there.
I had spotted lie of the land from the opposite bank of the River Clyde while on the Clyde Walkway at Belvidere, but had noticed that at least part of the approach was restricted on the opposite bank, as it appeared to be someone’s garden area in front of their house – and I’m not out to lay down the law as regards access, especially if there is better/easier access elsewhere. And there is, with easy access from a small road along from Dalmarnock Bridge. This was a little irritating, as I have walked past this many times, but never looked closely at what appears to be little more than a dead-end road, leading to a caravan site), yet it also leads to the loop.
Unfortunately, my timing wasn’t as good as my navigation, and at the time, when I got to the end of the road found that access to the area of Cunningar Loop was closed off – but at least not in a bad way. Plans to develop the neglected area had actually arrived, and the area was closed off as the land was occupied by contractors clearing rubbish, and installing paths and recreation areas for visitors.
This marks the end of a number of plans I had read about in the past, promising all sorts of developments on the land, but which all sounded more like fantasies than any sort of practical reality. More recently, and in keeping with other developments promised for 2014, it seems that plans to reclaim the land for recreation have started, and are set for their first phase to be completed during that same years.
While I’d like to have visited sooner, and been able to get a feel for what the area was like before any work was carried out, I do know it was overgrown and messy, something which could be seen from the opposite bank, from the area of Belvidere. To be more accurate, nothing could really be seen, such was the volume of undergrowth and unmanaged wood covering the ground.
The land really did need to be reclaimed, since the loop was used for years as a dumping ground and a waterworks, both of which could have left contamination behind, and been hazardous for visitors. At one point,around the turn of the 20th century (I think) an aerial ropeway was used to transport rubbish across the river onto the loop, when it was used as a landfill site. I’ve also note a small ferry indicated on old maps of the area, together with the ropeway.
When it served the waterworks, almost the whole area of the loop was taken up with a reservoir and settlement ponds.
These maps give some idea of how the area was used:
I have also seen (but don’t know where it was) an old aerial photograph of the area, which shows the ropeway and support pillars that carried it from works on Springfield Road, and across the river to the loop, where it dumped waste from the works. As far as can see, this would have come from the Dalmarnock paper mill.
More recently, some time around 2006 or so, a few years after animal activists (maybe) or others managed to force Glasgow Zoo to close (which conveniently released its land for development, and that land is now covered with new houses), there were plans to parachute some sort of fantasy animal park named ‘Amazonia’ onto the loop, but that vaporised after a while, never to be heard of again. Although I did note some links to the project at the time, these have also evaporated over time.
More recently still, and available online, Forestry Commission Scotland produced:
Notably, work on land in this area recently uncovered pipework attributed to one James Watt – a name possibly familiar to those who are interested in steam engine development:
Pictured below is the approach to the loop as seen in early 2014.
Fencing and a controlled access for contractors block access while works are in progress, but from the (missing) pdf it seems that these should be cleared away by the summer, and once the contractors, their plant and machinery have vacated the area we will be able to have a closer look.
It will be interesting to see, since I was not a visitor to the area before these changes, but have been told by others that it was largely deserted, and that when they went down there, they seldom met anyone else.
Although the name Robertson can be seen on the site boards, after checking their web site and current project lists, I could not find any reference to this work.