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Postby crusty_bint » Wed Jan 26, 2005 4:30 pm

Apollo wrote:The interesting bit is the carving around the entrance, which extends from the actual door to include the small window to the side, and is repeated on each entrance. Decorative only, or did it have a function in the original building?


Probably the finest tenement in Shettleston there, and nick-named "The Honeymoon Block". The carving seems to me a purely decorative element to tie the window in with the door piece (something not un-common in tenements). However, as you probably know, such decorative elements do have thier origins in the more functional aspects of architecture, which in this case is to deflects rainwater away from inlets in the masonry (doors and windows).

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Postby Apollo » Wed Jan 26, 2005 6:52 pm

All makes good sense to me :)

Is there a history to go with the Honeymoon Block nickname?
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Postby crusty_bint » Wed Jan 26, 2005 6:58 pm

There is Apollo... I lived in Shettleston in yonder year and remember reading about the block in an Shettleston Housing Association annual report. I can't remember how it got the name for the life of me, however I do remember they got new windows that year! :oops: ::):

Funny thing tho, I had never heard anyone term it so before reading that... I'll see what I can dig up.

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Postby Gazzathecoigne » Tue Apr 19, 2005 12:17 pm

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Postby mrlipring » Tue Apr 19, 2005 1:45 pm

mrlipring wrote:I saw a beautiful door while wandering about mount florida last night. I'm moving there on sunday, so once the boxes are all in the flat (bugger unpacking, it can wait. Well, the pc and xbox will get unpacked.) i'll nip out and get some pictures.




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Postby Fossil » Sat Feb 18, 2006 10:14 pm

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Postby HollowHorn » Sat Feb 18, 2006 11:21 pm

Must of just missed you, Gazzathecoigne :wink:

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Postby Alex Glass » Sat Mar 04, 2006 3:01 am

Apollo wrote:All makes good sense to me :)

Is there a history to go with the Honeymoon Block nickname?



I work next to the Honeymoon Block in the John Wheatley College. The reason for the name is all the houses were let to newly married couples many years ago. I understand that many old Shettleston residents have alway referred to the block as the Honeymoon Block.

The block ends at Killin Street. Some years ago part of the building was demolished when work was being carried out to re-align Killin Street to meet Hallhill Road, where the old cinema was. Interesting little fact. There was a very small newsagent on the corner of Killin Street/Shettleston Road. I always poped in on my way home from work in Tollcross.
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Postby viceroy » Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:02 pm

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Postby tobester » Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:21 pm

Doesnt look impressive, but its the door to the French Prison at Dumbarton Castle

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Postby Socceroo » Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:27 pm

Viceroy that door is excellent. Particularly like the Lintol with the Key Stone. Nice photo.

That part of the Dental Hospital in general has got some really nice details and workmanship.

Of course that will be a door that probably is not used that often.

We could start a thread on its own - grandiose doors that are rarely or never used. Quite a few at the BBC, the University and various Hospitals.
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Postby viceroy » Sun Feb 11, 2007 10:38 pm

The old Dental Hospital in Renfrew Street is one of my favourite buildings actually. I've always liked it. And as you say, I think the door is hardly ever used - I've never seen it open anyway.
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