The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

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Re: The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

Postby Mori » Thu Jun 16, 2011 11:58 pm

kilted_jockey wrote:
Mori wrote:I remember the railings being there from 1965 onwards, my dads shop was on the corner of Ardgowan and Pollok st untill 68 before served with a compulsary purchase order by the council to make way for the M8.
My dad moved to another empty shop unit on the corner of watt st for another few years untill that was served with the order for demolition too for the M8.

The gap sites like the one in the 2nd pic started to appear around that area during the late 60s onwards to make way for the M8, i'm not sure if that gap is a post ww2 gap site.

I think There used to be a pub called the Red Hackle around there somewhere, Pollok Snacks chip shop also on Paisley rd in front of the kingston halls.


Guess the name of the shop was called Akbars then?

Was born at 48 Pollok St. 1958 right in the centre of the street, where the postcard picture was taken.


Yes it was Akbars, Akbar was my dads nephew who was a partner with my dad in the business, i helped out at the weekends by standing on a wooden ginger crate to serve the customers. :D
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Re: The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

Postby Lost_Soul » Fri Jul 15, 2011 11:23 am

Great site and Topic.

Was the shop on the corner of Ardgowan St and Watt St? I seem to remember being sent there to get some messages and was there a scrap yard nearby?

I also seem to remember a bakers/shop on the middle block but on the Houston St side where you could get broken biscuits in a bag. Anyone else remember?

I'm doing the family history and was looking for info or photos on Pollok St. I lived in Pollok St around 1965 when I was about 4 and lived in the middle block, not sure of the number, opposite the Maxwell church where i joined the Boys Brigade, I think. Went to Scotland St school. I remember building dens with old doors from somewhere against the midden houses and the council coming to knock them down. Playing football and using washing line poles as goals. We moved out I was about 7/8 to a new housing estate in Kilmarnock called New Farm Loch.

My memory isn't that good at the moment, so things might be muddled, hence the queries.
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Re: The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

Postby Doorstop » Fri Jul 15, 2011 7:52 pm

Mori wrote:
kilted_jockey wrote:
Mori wrote:I remember the railings being there from 1965 onwards, my dads shop was on the corner of Ardgowan and Pollok st untill 68 before served with a compulsary purchase order by the council to make way for the M8.
My dad moved to another empty shop unit on the corner of watt st for another few years untill that was served with the order for demolition too for the M8.

The gap sites like the one in the 2nd pic started to appear around that area during the late 60s onwards to make way for the M8, i'm not sure if that gap is a post ww2 gap site.

I think There used to be a pub called the Red Hackle around there somewhere, Pollok Snacks chip shop also on Paisley rd in front of the kingston halls.


Guess the name of the shop was called Akbars then?

Was born at 48 Pollok St. 1958 right in the centre of the street, where the postcard picture was taken.


Christ on a bike!

Some of my earliest memories are of being handed sweeties by Akbar. He and my father got on really well.

My first home as an infant was 101 Ardgowan Street.

What a wee gem to find here. Thanks people.


Yes it was Akbars, Akbar was my dads nephew who was a partner with my dad in the business, i helped out at the weekends by standing on a wooden ginger crate to serve the customers. :D
I like him ... He says "Okie Dokie!"
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Re: The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

Postby Mori » Fri Jul 15, 2011 10:52 pm

Small world eh DS. :D

I must have met you @ some point. ::):
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Re: The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

Postby the researcher » Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:54 pm

Lost_Soul wrote:Great site and Topic.

Was the shop on the corner of Ardgowan St and Watt St? I seem to remember being sent there to get some messages and was there a scrap yard nearby?

I also seem to remember a bakers/shop on the middle block but on the Houston St side where you could get broken biscuits in a bag. Anyone else remember?

I'm doing the family history and was looking for info or photos on Pollok St. I lived in Pollok St around 1965 when I was about 4 and lived in the middle block, not sure of the number, opposite the Maxwell church where i joined the Boys Brigade, I think. Went to Scotland St school. I remember building dens with old doors from somewhere against the midden houses and the council coming to knock them down. Playing football and using washing line poles as goals. We moved out I was about 7/8 to a new housing estate in Kilmarnock called New Farm Loch.

My memory isn't that good at the moment, so things might be muddled, hence the queries.

my grandparents(mums mum and dad) lived on shields road at number 17 and there was a bakery at the corner of houston street/watt street which sold bags of broken biscuits which i think were from the gray dun factory
vaguely remember there being a pawnbrokers being across on the opposite corner from the bakers but it was demolished and all i remember is a large gap site from the pub up to the corner of houston street.
i remember the laundrette on pollock street where my granny used to send me with washing for a service wash after it closed the nearest laundrette was down paisley road opposite plantation park as far as i can recall like yourself these things get lost in the mists of time
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Re: The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

Postby misspandalebear » Sat Sep 08, 2012 6:55 pm

In reference to the war memorial at Maxwell Church, Pollok St...

I passed a link on to a friend of mine who specialises in war memorials and such, in the off chance he hadn't seen it.
After discussing it with a friend he found this info about the current wherabouts of the memorial.
You will probably already know this but it may of help to someone....

http://warmemscot.s4.bizhat.com/viewtopic.php?t=5471

thanks for your continued hard work, i have found these forums very informative...
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Re: The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

Postby watgrad76 » Wed May 01, 2013 2:31 pm

I found this site while surfing the net and may be able to add some information.
I lived on Ardgowan Street from the mid-fifties until the mid-sixties. I attended Scotland Street School then moved on to Lambhill Street after that.
At the corner of Pollok & Ardgowan there was Akbar's, Maxwell Parish Church (where I was a Lifeboy(68th) and then the BB(15th)), a pub and then a bookies. I can't remember if the bookies was on the corner or one store in from Pollok St.
At Watt & Ardgowan there was a Cash & Carry, Buist's the baker (I worked there one summer), a Fish and Chip shop and a pub (The Shieling (sp??)).
Each of the gardens on Pollok St. had railings and were off limits to all. If you got caught inside them you would get a telling off from many of the residents. At the top of Pollok there was a newsagents where we bought sweets and things on our way to school. That's all for now. If i remember anything else I will write it up.
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Re: The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

Postby isamck » Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:16 am

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HollowHorn wrote:I had already rejected this photo from the VM as a mistaken location, but whilst looking through Andrew J. McMahon’s book, ’A History of Kinning Park & District’ I discovered that according to him, the middle section of Pollok St. did not have gardens / islands. He has it captioned as:
“Pollok St. looking North”
I struggle to see it and I can’t explain the bridge at the top of the street , most confusing.
Looking back at the aerial photograph above though, it clearly shows each of the three sections had their own gardens.
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Is McMahon's book in the Mitchell HH? Whether it is or isn't, I'd say it's a case of a mistake being compounded between VM and the book. I'd say there is no way that is Pollok St in the photo. I reckon someone has got confused by the similar types of tenement with the portico-style entrances. I'd assume these are Alexander Thomson's.

I cannot believe a residential street like Pollok St would've had traffic lights in those days. The volume of traffic wouldn't have justified it. It looks more like a stretch of Argyle St or somewhere like that.
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Re: The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

Postby isamck » Thu Aug 22, 2013 2:19 am

pic definately not pollok street, I lived in pollok street until 1968 there was no traffic lights there
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Re: The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

Postby Josef » Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:21 pm

isamck wrote:Is McMahon's book in the Mitchell HH? Whether it is or isn't, I'd say it's a case of a mistake being compounded between VM and the book. I'd say there is no way that is Pollok St in the photo. I reckon someone has got confused by the similar types of tenement with the portico-style entrances. I'd assume these are Alexander Thomson's.

I cannot believe a residential street like Pollok St would've had traffic lights in those days. The volume of traffic wouldn't have justified it. It looks more like a stretch of Argyle St or somewhere like that.


Two days and no reply to this? Come on, folks, you're letting the side down.
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Re: The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

Postby yoker brian » Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:29 pm

Josef wrote:
isamck wrote:Is McMahon's book in the Mitchell HH? Whether it is or isn't, I'd say it's a case of a mistake being compounded between VM and the book. I'd say there is no way that is Pollok St in the photo. I reckon someone has got confused by the similar types of tenement with the portico-style entrances. I'd assume these are Alexander Thomson's.

I cannot believe a residential street like Pollok St would've had traffic lights in those days. The volume of traffic wouldn't have justified it. It looks more like a stretch of Argyle St or somewhere like that.


Two days and no reply to this? Come on, folks, you're letting the side down.


Just checked the library online catalogue

1 reference copy held at both Ibrox and Elder Park libraries
5 reference copies held at the Mitchell
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Re: The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

Postby Mori » Sat Aug 24, 2013 8:54 pm

Nah thats definetely not Pollok st, i can confirm there were never traffic lights at any end of Pollock street, my dads shop was there on the corner of Ardgown/Pollok st till the late 60s.

The street in the image looks like somewhere around the Gorbals cross.
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Re: The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

Postby Mori » Sat Aug 24, 2013 10:04 pm

Cant spot any Traffic lights at either end of Pollok st

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Re: The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

Postby crusty_bint » Sun Aug 25, 2013 1:31 pm

its abbotsford place, see page 2
here i go, it's coming for me through the trees
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Re: The Lost Gardens of Pollok St.

Postby Bigdan 1958 » Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:26 pm

Hello everyone first time on here.hello mori remember your dads shop well born and brought up in Houston street and didn't leave till 1977 .remember everything about Kingston . Went to scotland street then lambhill street then onto Adelphi in the gorbals couldn't get out fast enough .love reading all the input jimmy Ronald owned the shop with the broken biscuits he also had one in kp.
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