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Bygone Bungo

February 11th, 2017 No comments

Ever wondered about the history of the area where you live, or who lived in your house before you?

Well now you can, at our sister website, Bygone Bungo.

We aim to collect together all those interested in local history, and compile a more complete record of the history and development of Strathbungo and the surrounding area.

As the site expands, we will add documents about various aspects of local history, original sources, and photographs.

We are also compiling a database of local properties, who built them, when, and who lived there subsequently. We already know of Greek Thomson and Rennie Mackintosh, but there were also other architects, military men & footballers (and one who was all three!), ministers, doctors, and a secret service agent. We would be particularly interested in those who still have the deeds for their properties, who know of notable former residents, or have any old photos of the area. The database is live – you can now see who lived in your house before you! Just select Address Search or People Search, and start exploring. There are currently some 5000 individuals listed, mostly from 1865 to 1925.

If you are interested in contributing, please get in touch. We are looking for those with suggestions for research, or wanting help with their own projects, those with stories to tell, with old deeds to local properties, or those willing to help transcribe old records.

To keep track of developments, you can also follow us on Facebook.

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Moray Place / The Railway Boundary

November 17th, 2016 1 comment

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The Strathbungo Society has been seeking to positively influence our biggest neighbour – Network Rail – for the past two years.  One issue has caused unnecessary uncertainty: what are the legal and ‘established’ boundaries along Moray Place?  Network Rail didn’t seem to know, nor did we.

So the Society’s Andrew Downie decided to do some research, looking at the original feu disposition between the original landowner and railway company as well as information from residents’ title deeds.

His resulting report is the definitive guide to the legal and ‘established’ boundaries that have developed along Moray Place over the past 100 years or so. Andrew’s report has been shared with Network Rail who accept it in full.  The report has aided the Society’s discussions with Network Rail as to where it can – and cannot – place any new fence.

It’s not the answer to everything about Network Rail’s proposed fence, but it has certainly shed much-needed light on the where the legal and established boundaries lie. If you want to read it yourself, please do – click on the link below.

The Railway Boundary at Moray Place (.pdf, 817 kb)

Nithsdale Rd an Nithsdale St pavement resurfacing

September 18th, 2014 No comments

In mid-August pavements on Nithsdale Street and Road were resurfaced with black tarmac. This was done to a very poor standard and seems to have no account of the Council’s policies for Conservation Areas. As a result the Strathbungo Society Committee wrote to the Council to express our concerns, state that we thought this was a lost opportunity to improve the local streetscape and to ask for a way forward (the letter is pasted below). The Council has now agreed to a site meeting on Thursday 25th September to look at the standard of the work undertaken and discuss the issues that we have raised. We will post an update following this meeting.

Meantime the Society has contacted a number of local residents who we know have expertise in architecture or planning conservation who may be able to give examples of good practice we could cite at the meeting. If you think you could contribute to this please contact me at nickkempe@tinyworld.co.uk

Read more…

Plans unveiled for new skate park at M74 flyover at Port Eglington

July 16th, 2014 1 comment

Park Life, Southside style

Plans for a new urban skate park at the M74 flyover at Port Eglington have been unveiled for a  currently empty site adjacent to the main route from Strathbungo (and points south) to Glasgow city centre.  Drawing on inspiration from cities across the globe, including from Portland Oregon where skateboarders identified and built their own skate park, the projects promoters’ aim is to develop a new urban park for Glasgow to attract not only skateboarders, BMX bikers but wider local communities, including Strathbungo.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-28309787

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/news/1m-plan-to-turn-flyover-site-into-new-skatepark-171196n.24759357

Plans for the £1m park have had funding support from Pollokshields Partnership (on which the Strathbungo Society sits), Transport Scotland, which owns the site, and Creative Scotland.

An exhibition of the plans will be at the Lighthouse from Saturday 19 July to 10 August 2014. For more information, see: http://www.thelighthouse.co.uk/visit/exhibition/gusm74

Replacing your windows within a Conservation Area or in a Listed building – Beware!

May 14th, 2014 No comments

sash windowThe following link produced by Glasgow City Council provides some useful information on replacing windows in Conservation Areas such as Strathbungo –

http://www.glasgow.gov.uk/CHttpHandler.ashx?id=14637&p=0

Where on earth…?

August 10th, 2013 No comments


 Mystery Building in StrathbungoYou were asked to identify the Strathbungo building below, and its location.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Strathbungo Parish Church TodayNow the newsletter is out, I can reveal this was the first Strathbungo Parish Church, built in 1839, but demolished sometime after 1883. The photo dates from around 1879.

The second church was built on the same site, reusing much of the stone, in 1887-88. The facade of the second church still stands on Pollokshaws Road, even though the rest of the church was demolished in 2006. The facade was incorporated into the modern flats. The current view from the same spot is shown on the right.

You can read more about Strathbungo’s church in the newsletter, when it drops through your door, or by downloading it from this blog.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Painting of Strathbungo

January 17th, 2013 No comments

I have added a painting of the old Strathbungo village in the 1820′s to the http://www.scotcities.com/cathcart/strathbungo_crossmyloof.htm web page.

Many thanks to Donald Watson for letting me know about it.

 

The painting is intriguing because the artist used two different positions to capture the final scene.

The foreground view is looking north-west from a spot near the entrance to Queens Park at Balvicar Drive.

The background panoramic view of the city is looking north-east from the summit of Camphill, near the present day Queen’s Park flagpole.

In his first position, the artist was looking over the village of Strathbungo (or Marchtown), seeing the same buildings shown in the old maps, with the tall chimney of the Titwood Brick and Tile Works in the centre of the picture, and the original church at the edge of the village to the right.

Here is a composite image of the 1820 painting overlaid with 2013 photographs taken from the top and bottom of the hill.

The photographs matched the painting almost perfectly, even after a period of 190 years!

You’ll recognise the viewpoints of the two photographs, the next time you’re in the park.

 

Any more contributions, suggestions or  corrections to the http://www.scotcities.com/cathcart/strathbungo_crossmyloof.htm web page would be be very welcome.

 

Origins and History of Strathbungo

November 27th, 2012 No comments

There is now a Strathbungo & Crossmyloof section of my urban exploration website with lots of old and new images illustrating  the origins and history of Strathbungo.

Strathbungo – The Fabric of Heritage

October 25th, 2012 4 comments

This article about Strathbungo touches all the usual bases; the history, the architecture, conservation, parking, the back lanes, the railings, the role of the Strathbungo Society, artwork for the roundabout, and perhaps most topical of all as it happens, the effect of HMOs and guest houses on the quality of life in Strathbungo. The only thing it doesn’t seem to mention is the bins!

And the best bit? It appeared in Scottish Field magazine, thirty five years ago. Plus ça change. It was written by the eminent Scottish poet & journalist Maurice Lindsay, who passed away aged 90 in 2008. It contains several historical items of note that were new to me. Happy reading.

The Fabric of Heritage

The Fabric of Heritage p1, Scottish Field Jan 1977

The Fabric of Heritage

The Fabric of Heritage p2, Scottish Field Jan 1977

Thanks to Marie for finding and providing the article. I would love to hear from anyone else who can add their own reminiscences of days gone by in Strathbungo, and add to our burgeoning history collection.

Ref: Maurice Lindsay Obituary

Shawlands Academy’s new outdoor digital design studio

September 12th, 2012 No comments

Tonight sees the test launch of a new digital art projection facility that uses the  front facade of Shawlands Academy as its canvass. With funding from Glasgow City Council and Shawlands & Strathbungo Community Council and the involvement of Architecture + Design Scotland and the UK’s leading lighting designers Lighting Collective , the ‘Shawlands Gate’ project includes facilities that allow digital art works and designs to be projected onto the facade of the Academy.  Funded as part of the Shawlands Town Centre Action Plan, the aim is to brighten up this major gateway to Shawlands town centre, the “Heart of Glasgow’s (Cosmopolitan) South Side”.  The project has allowed the Academy’s young people to display their digital creativity and, in the future, may allow professional artists to use this unique “canvass” as part of Glasgow’s international arts festival, GI.  

Shawlands Gate has also led to new trees being planted to the front facade of the Academy (and getting rid teacher parking), given its young people the opportunity to to learn and design Public Art and get involved in the local community via their research into the history and businesses in Skirving Street.  And, as a result of the project young people at Shawlnads Academy are giving their views on new plans to upgrade Langside Halls.  Shawlands Gate is the first of many projects whose aim is to develop Shawlands as the Heart of Glasgow’s cosmopolitan South Side.   

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-19557547

http://www.glasgowsouthandeastwoodextra.co.uk/news/local-headlines/lighten-up-1-2521571