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Chance landing in Uddingston

It’s a while since I fell into Uddingston, parts of the walk are dirty and too close to fast traffic, so although the ending is good, the experience can be poor.

But it almost always pays off, with nice cars and interesting registrations (the place is a little millionaire’s haven).

I should try to visit more often, there can sometimes be nice classics lying around the streets.

While there were quite a few (new) Bentley GTs floating around, they were all passing too quickly to catch, but I did notice there seemed to be a new trend in ‘V10’ plates on one of them (and others that weren’t Bentleys) I hadn’t noticed before. I wonder what/who it refers to (note the GT has a W12 engine, so it’s not that).

I’m tempted to say some there are so affluent, they can have a car loader follow them with their garage, so they can choose/change their ride without having to go back home to the collection.

Porsche, Mercedes, BMW (plus the rest behind them), take your pick.

2010 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S PDK

2010 Porsche 911 Carrera 4S PDK

I couldn’t pass this plate without grabbing a pic – nonsense, but nice nonsense.

2015 Audi A1 [OO11 ROD]

2015 Audi A1 [OO11 ROD]

I’ve always liked this, ever since the ‘Pagoda’ appeared so long ago.

I think I’d rather see the tail straighter though (where the little lip spoiler sits), rather than curved. It might look ‘meaner’.

2014 Mercedes SL350 [750 AC]

2014 Mercedes SL350 [750 AC]

Don’t know if I should be worried though – I’ve never seen this particular one before, then, as I arrived home…

What goes sailing past me in the road?

Yup – 750 AC!

17/05/2018 Posted by | photography, Transport | , , | Leave a comment

Uddingston illuminations (late Christmas 2016)

I didn’t get a chance to wander along to Uddingston to see if it had any Christmas lights (and I’ve never looked before), so a break in the rain we’ve had meant a late look.

First thing I noticed was the illuminated sign on the road in – something I usually miss as I am walking the other way if it’s late enough for this to be lit when I usually walk behind it as I am heading back home later in the day. It’s BIG – but needs a little TLC as some of the lamps have died. Time to update it with LEDs, and they can really neglect (oops, forget) it since those lamps will last longer.

Uddingston sign lit

Uddingston sign lit

The model shop was open and bright too – looking as if the window was being re-arranged, the back was clear for once and the was clear all the way to the counter at the back. Sadly, nobody was around.

I wonder how many drones/quads they sold for Christmas 2016?

Uddingston model shop window

Uddingston model shop window

Just a bit closer, for some more detail:

Uddingston model shop window detail

Uddingston model shop window detail

Getting to the far end (and time to turn back and head for home), Tunnock’s factory was nice and bright as usual.

Then I spotted a late bonus – while the Christmas lights were still on the lampposts, they were of course now switched off, but…

Due to some quirk of the wiring, ONE post still carried a lit decoration, and I was able to catch it along with the factory.

The Christmas tree was still in place (visible just behind the phone box) but stripped of all its lights and decorations, so looking a little sad.

Tunnocks Christmas 2016

Tunnock’s Christmas 2016

There was slightly glum note…

The cycle/bike/car shop (behind me as I took the pic of Tunnock’s) had a ‘CLOSING DOWN‘ sign in each of its windows.

Shame, I’m just so used to seeing it, and even found an excuse to go in and buy some bike spares there last year.

07/01/2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Frustrating Tunnock’s factory and the problem of the lost apostrophe

One day, I’ll waddle down Uddingston’s Main Street and get the ‘perfect’ pic of Tunnock’s factory.

I liked last year’s attempt in winter because it caught most of the building, even though it was shot through the bare trees of the day. But it was still not right because of those branches.

While in the village recently, I wandered along for another try with a wider lens than before.

But, just as I arrived, the heavens decided to open up. Instead of having a moment to compose the shot, as the eventual torrent began to grow I ended up having to make a ‘best effort’ and avoid the kit getting an unwanted bath.

So, it’s better from the point of view of missing the branches over the façade, but still wrong as I was not able to take the time and find a spot that cleared another set of trees and branches in the street to the left, nor was I properly aligned square on to the front of the building, so the view is slightly distorted.

Well… maybe next time. Plus, the light was rotten thanks to the arrival of the cloud and rain on an already murky afternoon.

The apostrophe problem

While processing this pic and examining the detail in the original shot, I noticed an anomaly.

I’d never bothered looking before, but they’ve spelt their name out in two different forms on that frontage.

In the flag at the top, Mr Tunnock proudly takes possession of his empire and declares Tunnock’s with an apostrophe.

Although you can’t see it in the compressed image, the original pic shows the same apostrophe present as he takes possession of both the famous Tunnock’s tea cake in the clock, and the large Tunnock’s caramel wafer on the façade.

But the sign-maker doesn’t seem to have included the apostrophe anywhere, and we find that it’s a lost and unpossessed apostrophe-free TUNNOCKS BAKERY that occupies the site.

Tunnocks 2014-1




27/01/2014 Posted by | photography | , , , | Leave a comment

Uddingston and the semi-jubilee of King George V

One of the intriguing things I came across years ago was a small sign buried in some trees at the side of the road, on the way into Uddingston from the west.

Barely visible when the trees are in leaf, the sign tells us:

In these trees Uddingston commemorates the semi-jubilee of the reign of King George V 1910 – 1935

This area is marked as Powburn on old maps of the area, and this is also the name of one the big houses that lies across Glasgow road, roughly opposite the location of the sign.

Uddingston semi-jubilee sign

Uddingston semi-jubilee sign

I had expected the old maps to show a wood or forest on the land, but there is nothing shown. Looking at the maps suggests the land was mainly field or pasture, but it doesn’t really matter now, as the A74 road development in the 1970s (I think) means that much of the view has changed, especially to the south west of the trees.

It’s a small thing, possibly not all that significant, and something I’d wager that not many people notice, or generally even know is there.

The road’s not much a thoroughfare for foot traffic, I doubt if many of the locals are aware of it, and I only see it when I go for an ‘extended’ walk around the neighbourhood.

I’ve got quite a few history booklets produced locally, which go into the Uddingston’s past and looks at interesting features around the area, but so far (and I can’t claim to have read them in detail, some are in very small print and packed with information which is tough to plough through) I have yet to come across any mention of this commemorative sign, and the reason why was placed in this particular spot.

My best guess is based on the lack of trees or wood shown on the early maps, and the trees were in fact planted at the time of the semi-jubilee, to mark the occasion.

This would tie in with the size of the trees, as they are well-established, but not huge, and not really enough to be classified as a wood.

Uddingston Semi-Jubilee trees

Uddingston Semi-Jubilee trees on Glasgow Road

08/05/2013 Posted by | Civilian | , , , | Leave a comment

Clydeneuk House

Pictured below is Clydeneuk House, Uddingston.


Clydeneuk House fountain

Clydeneuk House fountain

Sadly, the fountain is almost all that remains of the once grand and fine house that oversaw the fountain in its garden, and the River Clyde beyond that. Built in 1857, it lasted for 106 years, so was demolished in 1963, during which time it was known locally as The Candyman’s House.

There are some more remains nearby, but these are little more than some pieces of low wall and steps that lay in the grounds.

More significant are the gates to the property, and a section of the original perimeter wall which still stand along a section of disused road nearby.

An early 1800’s map shows Threeneuk House in the area at first – Threeneuk being the name given to the area before it became known as Clydeneuk. Since the map was dated 1816, the date of 1857 may be queried. The later date came from a book about the area, in an explanatory note beneath a photograph of the house.

The Candyman name seems to have been down to its ornate appearance, which included turrets, rather than any connection to any of the owners.

No details have been offered, but it has been said that house once had a small zoo, and cellars that were used as shelters by locals during the war.

Discussions suggest the house ended its days as a nursing home, but again, no detail or records could be unearthed online to confirm this.

The fountain has fallen victim to attack, and had at least one more level above that now visible, until the local kids toppled it years ago.

The kids still like to cause damage to the site, and on the day I was there I found a number of sites on the riverbank where deliberate fires had been set using piles of waste paper and other materials, where attempts had been made set the undergrowth, shrubbery, and trees on fire.

Fortunately, things were still too wet along the banks of the River Clyde for this to work, even so, when I wandered along to the remains of the steps that once allowed the owner of the big house to wander down to the river, I found the remains of one of those fire-raising attempts was still burning, albeit it was also dying:

Clydeneuk fire

Clydeneuk fire

You can find a longer discussion with some more details about Clydeneuk House in the Forum, here:

Clydeneuk House – SeSco

Even so, information seems to be sparse, and the detail is not always clear, so any additional info would be welcome

30/04/2013 Posted by | Civilian | , , , | Leave a comment

It’s tough to be a Smurf in Uddingston

Sometimes, life can be tough depending on who, or what, you are, and this chance pic caught in Uddingston shows that if you are a Smurf, it might be better to stay in bed, rather than get up and go out some days:

Grey Smurf

If the detail isn’t immediately obvious, then this should help:

Grey Smurf

Still smiling too

I’m sure he’s not really as happy as he looks.

This reminds me of a similar pic I caught a couple of years ago, and should dig out. I thought I might have seen more, and that it was maybe the start of a new craze, but I never saw another one until the Smurf popped up (or hung down) recently, so forgot all about it after filing it away.

08/04/2013 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | Leave a comment

Tunnock’s factory in winter

I don’t know if we are still technically in winter, and I don’t really care. So long as the temperature at night can fall to -3°C and below, and I can see frost in the morning, it still feels like winter, and that’s close enough for me.

Whenever I manage to wander as far as the Tunnock’s factory in Uddingston, I like grab a pic, if only to note the time of day.

The pic below may not look like a good photograph of the factory and clock, but there was a reason for it – winter!

Usually, you can’t see the factory for those trees in the foreground, because they are in leaf, so you have to stand in the side street, and take the picture from there, and this generally shows only the wall to the right of the clock. At this time of year, one can stand in Main Street, and take a shot that shows the factory to the left of the clock (instead of the right), which is obscured by the trees when they are covered in leaves.

Tunnock's factory

Tunnock’s factory

10/03/2013 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | 1 Comment


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