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Just a gate – all that’s left of Loancroft

It was pure chance that I learned these gates were the only remains of a big house (mansion or villa) in Baillieston.

These pillars and some wrought iron fencing are all that remains of Loancroft House, which is now the site of the present Loancroft Care Home.

Loancroft Gates

Loancroft Gates

I can’t remember where I found this note about Loancroft, and searching online is futile since all the property and estate agents have their useless house sales web sites forced to the top any searches for a house, so ruin the usefulness of search tools.

That’s not helped by Loancroft House not being mentioned in the most common historic online references, since it’s long gone, nor does it appear in an old book which lists many of those that are gone, but has pictures and prints of many.

So, other than the name, and the gates, there’s not much I can add regarding the history of the old house.

If you anything, you could do worse than share it in the Comments below.


May 13, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, Lost, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Daldowie Doocot gate crash – Take 3

I happened to come around the back of the repaired doocot gate instead of the front, and discovered that there was something of a surprise – or perhaps a shock – waiting for anyone that might try crashing into again, should they happen to hit the repaired gatepost (the one on the left, as seen from the road).

I clearly had not been paying attention the first time I passed the repaired item and grabbed a passing pic, as I failed to notice what was supporting the gatepost that had been broken – I thought it was just a wooden post that had been used a support to hold the pieces together while the concrete base set.

I should have taken a closer look…

When I came to this from behind the gate, it became obvious that driving into the repaired gatepost would not be a very good idea – what I had taken to be a simple wooden support was actually a substantial piece of steel girder or H-beam, and it was only its weathered and rusty surface that had stopped me from noticing this when viewing the small section visible above the gatepost.

Doocot gate girder

Doocot gate girder – OUCH!

March 21, 2013 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , | Leave a comment

Daldowie Doocot gate crash – Take 2

If I’d been asked, I’d probably have offered an opinion to the effect that the broken gate that once barred access to the car park next to the Daldowie Doocot (Dovecote) would stay broken for some time, probably days running into weeks.

I’d have been wrong – and I was pleasantly surprised when I strolled past it on Saturday (less than 4 days after the incident), to see that it was back in place, and looking almost as good as new. At least all the bit had still been there to put the gates back together, and all it really needed was new wooden post set in concrete:

Daldowie doocot gate fix

Daldowie doocot gate, almost as good as new in next to no time at all

Daldowie Doocot gate

As was

Since we had the advantage of some daylight this time around, I thought I’d catch a view of the doocot, just for completeness:

Daldowie Doocot

Daldowie Doocot

March 3, 2013 Posted by | Civilian | , , , , | Leave a comment

My first scoop – Daldowie Doocot gate crasher

After years of being preached at, and then years of preaching at others, advice to “Always carry a camera” paid off today.

When I went out for a wander to Uddingston this afternoon, my route took me past the Daldowie Doocot (Dovecote) off Hamilton Road at around 15:30, and I think I’m pretty safe in saying that the gate to the small car park at the side was still present and intact. I can’t see me walking past them if they looked more interesting, and not stopping to take a pic.

The car park used to be open for visitors, but it was chained up and padlocked years ago, and I have never seen it open since. No surprise really, as the car park itself is secluded and hidden from public view and passing traffic,  so I suspect it was pressed into service by a certain section of society for purposes other than intended. The same fate befell a similar parking area set aside near our work premises, leading it to be re-purposed as skip parking area, to avoid a constant stream of cars queuing to use it, seemingly all with steamed-up windows. Wonder why?

Heading home, and passing the same entrance at 18:00, I couldn’t help but notice it just didn’t look ‘right’.

In fact, some one had driven into it, broken one of the substantial wooden posts that supported it, and more or less trashed the gate itself.

Daldowie Doocot gate

Daldowie Doocot gate – it was fine less than 2 hours earlier

Looking at the tyre tracks in the ground showed the vehicle concerned had not driven over the broken gate, or into the little car park, but had merely flattened the gate, then driven away.

Oh well, I’ll just have to keep and eye on it, and take a look now and then, and see if it is repaired/replaced, or if the bits are just tidied away.

The Daldowie Doocot

The doocot was built in 1745, to serve the Bogle estate, after wealthy merchant George Bogle built his mansion on the land.

By 1999, repeated vandalism to the 20-foot wide and 40-foot tall A listed structure (and the habits of pigeons that were still using it) put it in danger of being lost, so landfill site operators Patersons of Greenoakhills moved it about a kilometre from its secluded location on their ground to the new site off Hamilton Road, near Mount Vernon, at a cost of some £500,000, to create a tourist attraction.

Would you believe television personality Jackie Bird opened it officially on October 27, 2000?

February 27, 2013 Posted by | Civilian | , , , | 2 Comments

Gates stolen from Tayport War Memorial

Police in Fife are investigating the theft of the bronze entry gates to the War Memorial at Craig Road in Tayport.

The gates, valued in the region of £7,000 were stolen some time during June/July of this year.

It’s a sad reflection of the rubbish we have to share space with, as this follows an earlier item featured, regarding a mining disaster memorial statue stolen weeks after unveiling.

Unfortunately, the loss of the gates was not notified for some time, as it seems passers-by assumed the council had simply removed them for cleaning or maintenance, and no-one from the council noticed their absence.

It is thought that the delay means they are gone for good, having been melted down by the thieves as scrap.

Anybody with information relating to this theft is asked to call Fife Police on 0845 600 5702 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where all calls are treated anonymously.

October 17, 2010 Posted by | World War I | , , , | Leave a comment


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