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Too much tidy – Too little UrbEx

One of the thing I’ve come to regret is the zealous application of ‘tidy’ to the east end of Glasgow, not least of which was driven by the 2014 Commonwealth Games, or The Shames, since it’s shame we had to endure this nonsense for a few privileged folk who wanted to run and jump for a few days, and earn some sponsorship at Glasgow’s expense.

A few years ago I started to walk around the area, and found a few places, either relics of the past, or that I might have wanted to explore. To be honest, the walking was not so much a choice as a necessity, since driving was an expensive luxury that had fallen off my list of options.

Frankly, this was really nothing new, as I’d tried to have a little fun a few years prior to this, and had taken a few trips into Glasgow, with the intent of ‘collecting’ some surviving relics of old city centre buildings – but this fell through after a few weekends, as I found that most building had been cleaned up and tidied of any ‘old’ gems that might have adorned them, or I was finding that building I’d spotted in old B&W pics were demolished or refurbished. Anything left usually wasn’t particularly notable. Of the notable items… let’s just say that they are so few and well-known, there’s no problem finding a pic or record, defeating my idea of finding ‘goodies’.

This came to mind when I happened to pass an old house, now fenced off and almost out of sight behind overgrown bushes and trees. While there’s no legit way for a decent UrbExer to have a look – even the fencing is padlocked and secured by chains – this doesn’t stop or deter vandal, and the place is now completely burnt out and wrecked.

Baillieston ruin

Baillieston ruin

This is one of those things you don’t notice happening.

Looking at this one reminded that I’ve seen quite a few mansions, sandstone houses, or villas, generally from the Victorian era which have lain empty an unsold for years, until they fell into disrepair, abandoned, and then vandalised as they became neglected. Sad to say, sometimes there are stories of tragedies behind them, but it does seem odd that this happens, and a perfectly good house ends up being ruined. You may have seen one in the news, belonging to some millionaire who lost his money, and even left his Rolls in the garage – it was trashed too.

Those I have seen this happen to, around here, have all been razed over the years.

This one gets a better view from above, via Google, than I can get on the ground

Not really much I can do – if the places simply aren’t there, they can’t be explored.

Although I’ve used homes as the example, the real disappointment around the east end its surroundings is the clearance of the industry that used to cover the area. Looking at old maps, even from only a century ago, can show a completely different area, unrecognisable today despite being a major concern in its day.

I wandered behind a park and modern industrial unit and came across a load of substantial concrete beams and other remains along a closed road. There’s no (historic) record of the site online, and I had to use old OS maps to discover this had been a 19th century steelworks.

Guess I should do a post about it one day.

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February 20, 2017 - Posted by | Civilian, photography | , ,

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