Rhule Tearoom

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Rhule Tearoom

Postby mrsam » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:13 pm

So the boss tells me to go and work in one of our Glasgow branches for the day. Great :roll: I think another boring day in another boring shop running around like a fly getting knackered.

However I get there and the shop is indeed boring but on a(this is the...) tour of the stock room I notice

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Interesting, I think this day may be fun afterall!!!!!! On my second tour (given by another manager) the word ballroom is mentioned 8O 8O ......After Investigation I find that the shop was on 2 floors, stockroom on 3 and an intire floor of the building was lying vacant clearly showing signs of it's past decor (as a ballroom/ tea room I'm told). This is abandonia at it's best and I'm glad I had my camera handy

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the above picture shows the real picture, the decoration has been butchered by umpteen generations of shop fitting, floors 1 + 2 are hidden by boring stuff so unknown. Floor 3 is v butchered but has patches of tile decoration, plasterwork, panelling and glass. Floor 4 is in a fairly good nick and could be repaired if wanted. There is also an old internal main marble stair no longer in use(dark as well).

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and a basement(no tunnels I looked).

I'm back there on Friday so will take more pics
the address is 123 Sauchiehall St and anymore info would be great
the full collection of pics can be found at
http://s286.photobucket.com/albums/ll103/thecuriocollector/Sauchiehall%20St%2009%20-%2004%20-%2008/

Does anyone else work in such intersting surroundings?

Mr Sam
Hmmm I wonder what happens if i press that lever.... Ahh It operates that shiny new plug socket!

www..photobucket.com/albums/ll103/thecuriocollector

www..photobucket.com/albums/v195/tarbat2003
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Re: Well I Never (Work related ubex)

Postby mrsam » Wed Apr 09, 2008 11:17 pm

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Hmmm I wonder what happens if i press that lever.... Ahh It operates that shiny new plug socket!

www..photobucket.com/albums/ll103/thecuriocollector

www..photobucket.com/albums/v195/tarbat2003
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Re: Well I Never (Work related ubex)

Postby red_kola » Thu Apr 10, 2008 1:02 pm

Great Stuff - Thanks for posting. There must be hundreds more hidden gems like this lying undisturbed above retail premises in town.
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Re: Well I Never (Work related ubex)

Postby John » Thu Apr 10, 2008 2:06 pm

Absolutely brilliant! I often wonder about shops in Argyle Street etc which must have some very interesting upper level store rooms.

Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Well I Never (Work related ubex)

Postby HollowHorn » Thu Apr 10, 2008 4:50 pm

There is an optical illusion going on in your first pic, when I scroll down using the mouse wheel, the photo appears to zoom in. 8O
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Re: Well I Never (Work related ubex)

Postby Josef » Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:36 pm

Yes, that had me going too. :)
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Re: Well I Never (Work related ubex)

Postby glasgowken » Thu Apr 10, 2008 5:38 pm

And me ::): that's freaky.
Great place btw.
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Re: Well I Never (Work related ubex)

Postby gap74 » Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:20 am

Ah, a fascinating building, the Rhul Tearoom - Nodrog and I first spotted this a few years ago, as they had a habit of leaving the lights on at night and you could see some of the fantastic ceiling plasterwork. It wasn't until it was mentioned at an Historic Scotland seminar as a recently listed building that we found out what it was.

A fantastic building which is easy to miss when the trees outside have leaves on, more details on the listing description here:

http://hsewsf.sedsh.gov.uk/hslive/hsstart?P_HBNUM=50773

These complexes with tearooms and ballrooms were actually fairly common in the 20s and 30s in Glasgow - the old VIrgin/Blacks store on Union St is another one.
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Re: Well I Never (Work related ubex)

Postby JayKay » Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:07 pm

great stuff, nice find. The benefits of looking twice...
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Re: Well I Never (Work related ubex)

Postby mrsam » Mon Jun 07, 2010 8:14 pm

Right update time...

Mr Sam is again working in the Sauchiehall branch of a well known branch of a childrens retailer, so more pictures.

Mods: can we please rename the topic as Rhule Tearoom or somesuch as my title sucks 8)

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Marble wall

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www..photobucket.com/albums/ll103/thecuriocollector

www..photobucket.com/albums/v195/tarbat2003
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