unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

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unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

Postby toomse » Fri Jan 23, 2009 11:45 am

Apollo wrote:As threatened, pics of the odd building almost across from the M8 on ramp on Castle St/Royston Rd.

The door is secure, although there have been efforts to kick it in, resulting in a gap, but not wide enough to see anything through.

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have put this in a new topic as it was a bit off subject in the tunnel under Bothwell Street thread

not sure if it's still there or has even has been sold

looks like it's a disused Sub Sation (pity, was hoping it was water pumping station for exploration purposes)

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Re: unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

Postby Ronnie » Sat Jan 24, 2009 7:07 pm

I think this was next to Royston Library. Not that that's any help.
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Re: unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

Postby toomse » Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:44 pm

Had a wee look around here today to satisfy curiosity

This is the former site of the Library
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It’s still there across the other side of the road but no longer has a To Let notice
It’s definitely a former Sub Station
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still looks kind of mysterious round the back
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Re: unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

Postby papa lazarou » Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:05 pm

Does anyone have pics of what the street looked like with the library?? Also, is this building not next to the old railway line coming out of Buchanan Street to Garngad Train Station??
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Re: unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

Postby MungoDundas » Wed Feb 04, 2009 11:07 pm

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Anyone got a photo of the brick shelter at the play park that said,
from memory:

Free Garngad

&

Bobby Sands RIP

in large paint brush letters

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Re: unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

Postby Dexter St. Clair » Thu Feb 05, 2009 12:13 am

Ronnie wrote:I think this was next to Royston Library. Not that that's any help.



Townhead Library.

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Interior shots here
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Re: unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

Postby Josef » Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:41 am

Dexter St. Clair wrote:Interior shots here


Great link Dex, thanks. I have a minor fascination with Carnegie, but don't have as much about the library programme as I would like.

I liked this quote. I hadn't realised it was ever the case.
Issue counter at Parkhead Library, Glasgow in 1907, at a time before borrowers were trusted to select their own books from the shelves.
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Re: unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

Postby toomse » Thu Feb 05, 2009 10:25 am

papa lazarou wrote:Does anyone have pics of what the street looked like with the library?? Also, is this building not next to the old railway line coming out of Buchanan Street to Garngad Train Station??


Is it this rail line you mean? - it's approx 600m away
The only other lines in the vicinity recorded on OS maps are the rail goods yard north of Charles Street

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Re: unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

Postby cheesemonster » Thu Feb 05, 2009 3:01 pm

For others, since I didn't know myself and have just read:
One of Glasgow's recent architectural losses, Townhead Library, was situated in the shadow of a motorway flyover.
The library, like many of the churches in areas of depopulation, no longer had a sufficient population to support its original purpose. In this case however demolition, rather than renovation and conversion, was the preferred option and the library was pulled down in 1998.

http://www.scotcities.com/townhead.htm
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Re: unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

Postby My Kitten » Thu Feb 05, 2009 7:00 pm

I'm kicking myself for not being a more active photographer in my youth, spent many a time sitting on the bus there looking at the library building.

Opened 4th July 1907 and designed by John Fairweather, who was killed as a pedestrian whilst crossing Cumbernauld Road in Stepps, during the wartime blackout, on 13 January 1942 :(
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Re: unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

Postby Anorak » Sat Feb 07, 2009 12:55 pm

papa lazarou asked
Does anyone have pics of what the street looked like with the library?? Also, is this building not next to the old railway line coming out of Buchanan Street to Garngad Train Station??


The ground to build the library was offered to Glasgow Corporation by the Caledonian Railway Company in 1904 for 25 shillings per square yard, so it must have been near operational railway land.

Had a rummage through the attic to find these rather poor quality snaps of the library while it was awaiting demolition.
Ironically this destruction was happening while the city was making preparations to celebrate being the UK City of Architecture in 1999!

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Children’s entrance
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End bay at General Reading Room
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Main entrance and circus posters on windows at Ladies Reading Room
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A 1907 floor plan shows the original layout of the library and its furnishings.
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The Lending Library had a huge glazed dome to provide lots of natural light and the General Reading Room had large rooflights in the arched ceiling. This would have helped to create some great exhibition space had the decision been made to save the building.

1907 exterior view
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Re: unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

Postby Dexter St. Clair » Sat Feb 07, 2009 6:11 pm

Thanks for the Photos Anorak. The Motorway in effect isolated the library from the communities it was supposed to serve. It was underused and nobody appeared to want it.
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Re: unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

Postby Anorak » Sun Feb 08, 2009 1:44 am

Cheers Dexter!!

In real life I’m grupmy old grandpa…………….

Went out last night with granny (wife) and the great-grandma for a Chinese Meal.

The old bird loved telling us innocent grandparents stories about Townhead Library when she was a little girl.
Hung about it all the time mixing with the boys and the books!!
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Re: unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

Postby Anorak » Sun Feb 08, 2009 12:17 pm

When the library newsrooms first opened, they proved to be too popular.
Imagine providing free access to newspapers and magazines to all the common scumbags!

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I laughed at some of the reasons given in this 1910 article against the provision of overcrowded newsrooms in the Glasgow libraries.

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None of your political correctness here for us respectable types trying to avoid the dirty loafers!
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Re: unusual building at Castle Street just round from Royston Ro

Postby garngad bhoy » Mon Nov 02, 2009 3:38 pm

coming down the garngad road,turning left into castle st the building on the right standing alone used to be a mens toilet.facing the toilet was hughes pub then the library
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