Great Western Road

Moderators: John, Sharon, Fossil, Lucky Poet, crusty_bint, Jazza, dazza

Great Western Road

Postby Simba » Tue Jan 16, 2007 7:07 pm

I got the bus home up GWR today and it got me thinking when I saw the building that was posted in past present (the Alpine Bikes shop). Before the motorway was built, where did GWR start and what other roads were there? With the overpass from West Graham St to GWR I can't quite work out what it was like, unless the road followed a similar route and the M8 was dug out underneath. Also, was part of the road cut off with the M8 or did it always start with the numbers around 100?
User avatar
Simba
Third Stripe
Third Stripe
 
Posts: 751
Joined: Wed Oct 05, 2005 9:28 am

Postby viceroy » Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:17 pm

Great Western Road began at Clarendon Place, which is the building containing the Alpine Bikes Shop shown in the Past Present thread. That is to say at St. George's Cross which was [and I suppose to a large extent still is] the junction of GWR, Maryhill Road, St. George's Rd. and New City Road.

A small section of New City Road still exists and if you stand there and look west toward Botanic Gardens you will see the original vista right up Great Western Road more or less as it would have looked before the construction of the motorway.
User avatar
viceroy
Third Stripe
Third Stripe
 
Posts: 1049
Joined: Sun Jan 30, 2005 8:23 pm
Location: Glasgow no more

Postby Simba » Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:22 pm

Were there buildings knocked down then, did they previously start at number 1?
User avatar
Simba
Third Stripe
Third Stripe
 
Posts: 751
Joined: Wed Oct 05, 2005 9:28 am

Postby vinny » Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:29 pm

There is an aeriel shot of the pre-M8 St Georges Cross on the virtual Mitchell somewhere but I can't find it.
vinny
First Stripe
First Stripe
 
Posts: 56
Joined: Mon May 22, 2006 11:06 pm

Postby viceroy » Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:30 pm

Simba wrote:Were there buildings knocked down then, did they previously start at number 1?


Some buildings were knocked down to make way for the West Graham St overpass etc but I really don't know anything about the numbering. I remember seeing a picture on an HG thread somewhere which showed the St. George's Cross area before redevelopment, but this picture was posted a long time ago and I would have to try and hunt for it.
User avatar
viceroy
Third Stripe
Third Stripe
 
Posts: 1049
Joined: Sun Jan 30, 2005 8:23 pm
Location: Glasgow no more

Postby james73 » Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:37 pm

Old streetmap. It started at St Georges Cross, according to this and lead right
onto New City Road. New City Road formed a junction with Cowcaddens Street
(not Cowcaddens Road as it is now) at the location of the underpass next to the
Underground station.

Image



James H
He's over there...
james73
Third Stripe
Third Stripe
 
Posts: 2035
Joined: Wed Dec 17, 2003 4:08 pm
Location: urbanglasgow.co.uk - come & join us.....

Postby james73 » Tue Jan 16, 2007 8:50 pm

viceroy wrote:
Simba wrote:Were there buildings knocked down then, did they previously start at number 1?


Some buildings were knocked down to make way for the West Graham St overpass etc but I really don't know anything about the numbering. I remember seeing a picture on an HG thread somewhere which showed the St. George's Cross area before redevelopment, but this picture was posted a long time ago and I would have to try and hunt for it.

The Alpine bikes building is the pink one.
Image



James H
He's over there...
james73
Third Stripe
Third Stripe
 
Posts: 2035
Joined: Wed Dec 17, 2003 4:08 pm
Location: urbanglasgow.co.uk - come & join us.....

Postby The Voyageur » Tue Jan 16, 2007 9:44 pm

Thats an awesome photo^^ James. Anymore of that area?
User avatar
The Voyageur
Second Stripe
Second Stripe
 
Posts: 177
Joined: Fri Jun 04, 2004 7:26 pm

Postby Armadillo » Tue Jan 16, 2007 10:01 pm

Nice view of the back of the Metropole Theatre (mid left). Here it is in its dying days:

Image

I know - drifting off GWR and off topic, so here's the "Alpine Bikes" building to bring us back on:

Image

Both photos from c1987 I reckon, so slightly later than Nodrog's on Past-Present but still - obviously - pre-modernisation.
User avatar
Armadillo
Second Stripe
Second Stripe
 
Posts: 82
Joined: Mon Aug 29, 2005 8:12 pm
Location: West End-ish

Postby HollowHorn » Wed Jan 17, 2007 7:52 am

Whats that structure behind the tenement at bottom right in the arial pic? 8O
User avatar
HollowHorn
Third Stripe
Third Stripe
 
Posts: 8925
Joined: Mon May 23, 2005 9:59 pm
Location: Paisley

Postby red_kola » Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:46 am

HollowHorn wrote:Whats that structure behind the tenement at bottom right in the arial pic? 8O

Probably the Granville / Gem Cinema.

(thanks Nodrog)
Destroy All Monsters
User avatar
red_kola
Third Stripe
Third Stripe
 
Posts: 1350
Joined: Mon Apr 12, 2004 11:05 am

Postby tommytank » Wed Jan 17, 2007 8:56 am

christ, incredible to see how many tenements got whacked for the M8 to get built! How on earth did they get to do it? was it that they were all lying derelict or something ("accidental arson anyone? :wink: )? Or did they just sneakily knock them all down when everyone was at work one day?
tommytank
Second Stripe
Second Stripe
 
Posts: 187
Joined: Sun Nov 06, 2005 9:05 pm
Location: Glasweegie again!

Postby red_kola » Wed Jan 17, 2007 10:47 am

Image

Great Western Road/Clarendon Place looking like it should have...
Destroy All Monsters
User avatar
red_kola
Third Stripe
Third Stripe
 
Posts: 1350
Joined: Mon Apr 12, 2004 11:05 am

Postby Seamey » Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:00 am

while you're looking which building was the co-op building?
Seamey
Third Stripe
Third Stripe
 
Posts: 422
Joined: Wed Jan 07, 2004 3:08 pm
Location: Giffnock

Postby youngmckellar » Wed Jan 17, 2007 11:42 am

I keep getting told the St George statue used to be mounted on a building round about here, any ideas where exactly?
youngmckellar
Busy bunny
Busy bunny
 
Posts: 29
Joined: Thu Feb 19, 2004 4:53 pm
Location: Glasgow/Maybole

Next

Return to Glasgow Chat (Coffee Lounge)

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 7 guests