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Welcome to our glimpse into Springburn's famous past. Please note: A considerable amount of photographs in these following sections were given to me by B.Gilmartin in the Spring of last year. They come from a wide variety of people, including his late father who took many of them, although it was a condition of showing them that I did not highlight this very private man. I would also like to point out that while I appreciate the work input, I did not add the 'source' credits below the following pictures and cannot verify them. I can say that the source for the old photograph of the Public Hall was originally a Postcard and obviously existed in that form long before the 'Old Springburn' Booklets appeared. Many have actually appeared in several publications over the years. There remain many old photographers of Springburn whose origins are shrouded in mystery. You will also find them on here, among the better known names. It also needs to be made clear that having permission, or being in possession of a photograph does not necessarily denote ownership or exclusive copyright. This applies to public institutions in the same way as it does to individuals and this distinction is important to us on this site as the vast majority of the photos in the hands of the Mitchell and the old Museum which have appeared here, were in the main supplied by the public. It is ironic and a great shame that many now lie in boxes at the Mitchell library where the public cannot access them, Indeed even professional historians such as myself, Willie Dewar and Ronnie Gray are currently unable to catalogue them, although we are hoping to change that. Where copyright and the photographer is known it must of course at the very least be stated, although if unsure please post the photograph in the gallery and we will take a decision at that point. Please mention dates and locations if you can. Personally, I would rather take down all the material which has been made available elsewhere on the web, as it makes the site unoriginal, but unless considerably more people post their own old collections that would simply subtract rather than add to the History of Springburn that we care so much about. Enjoy Steve




Springburn Road looking into Hawthorn Street

Boundry Bar/Springburn Road





Hawthorn Street looking towards Springburn Road note the buildings on the left hand side in the picture above have been demolished

Hawthorn Street


Springburn Road / Cairns Street (going towards Bishopbriggs)
(Bernklow) Eastfield allotments on the left where Scossies father and uncle had plots.

Springburn Road /Cairns Street



Elmvale Street

elmvale street



The great Springburn Historian John Thomas (right).
Sadly died in 1982, but left many photographs as a legacy.

The source and date of this picture is not known.
Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn



An extraordinary rare shot of Gourlay Street late 70s.
Note that the church and the church hall (with the three boarded up windows) is still standing.
(Source: Springburn Museum Trust)

Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn

Springburn Road at Petershill Road c1950
(Source: Virtual Mitchell)
Petershill Road



January 1968 Storms bring a chimney crashing down in Palermo Street. On the other side of the road in Gourlay Street the shops are:
Princes Cinema, George Carpets, Princes Cafe, Bookseller, Colin Robertson (Bakers) and the Electricity shop.
(Source: Daily Mail)

Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn




Springburn Road Photo
(Source: Virtual Mitchell)
Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn

Keppochill Road 1925
(Source: Virtual Mitchell)
Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn



Keppochill Road 1925
(Source: Virtual Mitchell)
Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn



Springburn Coffee House Corner of Cowlairs Rd/Springburn Rd c1893
(Source: Virtual Mitchell)

Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn




this is cowlairs yard, eastfield depot was beside the flats at carron crescent that have the black stripe down them .cowlairs will live again as the signalling centre for glasgow central to carlisle(west coast main line).and a storage depot for engineering companies .but no tracks to allow trains ,will take photos if anybody wants me to .forgot to say cowlairs depot shut mid 80's .i should remember the date but cant .i'm a train driver based at queen st. was a second man (fireman) at eastfield depot.
(Source: Glasgow City Archives)
Eastfield Running Sheds J.R.



Colgrain Terrace (1966)
(Source: Virtual Mitchell)
Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn



Mosesfield House
(Source: Virtual Mitchell)

Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn


The old Library at Ayr Street. Another building gifted by private donation.

Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn



Aerial view of Springburn
(Source: Glasgow City Archives)

Auld Springburn from the Air mebbe a 'Barrage Ballon' ha! ha!

Aerial view of Springburn taken during WWII
(Source: Mitchell Library Graham Collection)

Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn


Notice Where the Luftwaffe missed and Glasgow council finished
(Source: Glasgow City Archives)

Springburn 1943 the bit in the middle is where the Luftwaffe missed and Glasgow council had a direct hit



Springburn Road at Flemington Street
Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn

Keppochill Road. To the right Cowlairs Park. Pinkston Power Station in background c1950
(Source: Virtual Mitchell)

Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn



View from the Garngad with Springburn Road and Sighthill Cemetery at the top

Garngad




The fine old Bank Building survived
Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn




Hawthorn Street with the old tram then bus depot on the right
Hawthorn Street


St. Rollox Chemical Works

St. Rollox




Very rare shot of Gourlay Street 1971
Note that the cinema has turned into a bingo hall
(Source: Virtual Mitchell)

Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn

1967 The corner of Northcroft Road (also known as the Avenue) and Wellfield Street
showing the Salvation Army Hall. Auld's Dairy to the right and The Sports Shop
on the left (This used to be Taylors the Fruiterers and then a pram shop.)
Note Pawn Shop above Turnbulls
(Source: Glasgow City Archives)

Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn



The station platform with distant view of the once winding Atlas Street.
In the 70s on Saturday evenings a bus used to leave from the top of Atlas Street
next to the station which took you on a mystery tour. We ended up in Dunoon when I went on it.
(Source: Glasgow City Archives)

Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn

View of Vulcan street. c1950
On the left beyond the train the top three levels of
houses leading up to Angus Street still survive.
This photo could have been taken from in front
of James Reid's Jewellers or Lipton's Grocery on
Springburn Rd next to the corner of Cowlairs Road.
(Source: Glasgow City Archives)

Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn



The famous Public Hall. As with all Springburn Landmarks,
the money came from private, not public funds in this case the Reid family.
(Source: Old Springburn by Andrew Stuart)
Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn


The same building today
Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn




Detail of Scrolls on Public Hall seen from Keppochill Road
Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn



The Blocks
Built 1865, demolished 1967
Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn



The Blocks Fernbank Place 1965
(Source: Virtual Mitchell)
Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn




Springburn Road shows Johnson Church at the corner of Queenshill Street opposite Sellyn's
(Source: Springburn Museum Trust)

Springburn Road early 70s



c1970 Looking up Springburn Road
Co-operative shops on the left, Vulcan Street just off on the right
(Source: Glasgow City Archives)
Springburn Road around 1970


1974 Kay Street with the baths straight ahead.
Benelli's chip shop on the right. Galbraith's on the left.
(Source: Springburn Museum Trust)

Photos of old Springburn - Reminiscences of Springburn


Below :1974 Classic Shot of Gourlay Street. Incredibly, only the school beyond the Princes survives today.Beyond the Princes, on the same side, the tenements at the corner where Kennedy's dairy once stood and featured in the Gourlay Street black and white shots above, have already been demolished. This makes this colour photo later than the black and white ones. Certainly the Bookseller shop (owned by Alex Thompson sold books, magazines.models etc) eventually ceased trading in the autumn of 1976. It seems closed here, in what is obviously daylight while the cafe and the pub still appear to be trading. This picture would therefore appear to be very late 1974
(Source: Glasgow City Archives)
(JR) The block of tenements missing from the Princes to Millarbank St. corner,
in the last close before the corner, was the home of Jean Faley,
author of "Up oor Close" and JRs cousins The Kiloe family. Jean's childhood friends.
Gourlay Street 70s

Sellyns remained in this same location for thirty years!
Prior to this it had been located at the corner of Atlas street
where the bank later was. See the section called 'Photos of shops.'
(Source: Springburn Museum Trust)
Springburn Road 50s





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FrankKerr Balgaryhill 0 Aug 28 2010, 10:48 AM EDT by FrankKerr
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I was from 61 Balgaryhill Road, please get in touch if you know me.

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jbain2 Photos 6 Mar 2 2010, 4:14 AM EST by jbain2
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Just joined the site. Some great photos that bring back so many memories. I lived at 213 Gourlay Street and will be sending details to a Springburn boy I am meeting who by chance lived at Gourlay Street. We talked on the phone. He lives in Hampshire as well. Keep up the good work.
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GordonLewis Pics of Springburn 1 Jul 15 2009, 11:08 AM EDT by geodixon
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I have several pics of Old Springburn but I am not sure exactly where I got them from as I have had them on my computer for years.

Would it be OK to post them and see if anybody can identify who they might belong too?

I don't want the site getting into trouble by me posting copyrighted photographs.

Gordon
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