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FW Holroyd Gallery

After yesterday’s post regarding the possible demolition of the Old College Bar I was reminded of some pics I grabbed of the nearby FW Holroyd Gallery building, which would be included as part of the demolition applied for regarding development of that site.

FW Holroyd High St

FW Holroyd High St

I seem to have been looking at this gallery/building all my life. After all, it’s only a few years since the adjacent building was razed, and I was surprised that the demolition did not extend to the gallery building. Although I didn’t photograph the gallery as such back then, I did take pics of the fireplaces left exposed in its end wall following the demolition, the fenced off end wall on the right (out of sight) in this pic.

FW Holroyd George St

FW Holroyd George St

One thing that has often caught my eye over the years is the use the illegal fly-posters and bill-posters have made of this empty premises, by placing their rubbish on the INSIDE of the windows, rather than just sticking it on the exterior.

I wondered if they were doing so legitimately.

I should have known better!

They just broke in so they could stick their adverts inside.

The grille on over the entrance is long gone, and the (original) door lock just burst or kicked in at some point.

There’s something more substantial holding the door locked shut these days, but the reality is that this is MUCH stronger than the door and frame it is screwed into, and a good kick would dislodge the hasp and staple, and protect that nice straight shackle padlock from damage.

FW Holroyd gallery door lock

FW Holroyd gallery door lock

07/02/2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | 2 Comments

George Square has become a little greener

It’s nice to think of the insane schemes that were proposed for George Square in recent years, and have become nothing more than memories. A reminder that a delusional city council can be held to account when it oversteps its authority and the people stamp their feet.

I’m not even going to dig up the articles, suffice to say we still don’t have any unwanted ‘water features’, or venues only suitable for warm and dry resorts, as opposed to Scotland’s ‘glorious’ climate!

We’re even seeing the back of the ‘Red Tarmac’ (or whatever it was) and the return of grass to the square.

Surprisingly sensibly restored flush to the ground, so (I’m guessing) it can be boarded over to allow events to be held there.

Last time I was there, I think it was still a building site and the work was in progress with the now grassy areas blocked off by fencing, but now all the works seem to be clear, and the grass is ‘open for business’.

I caught this quiet evening view while passing through recently.

While you can’t tell in this small crop, the original has one spooky feature spotted when I was processing the image – the fellow to the left of the bench is staring STRAIGHT into my camera, with a very piercing grumpy or disapproving look. He’s holding a camera too – I wonder if I somehow unwittingly ruined his shot?


George Square grassed

George Square regrassed

07/02/2017 Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , | 1 Comment


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