Art on the streets once more

Now that things are starting to open up again and the weather has improved a bit, I got out with my camera to capture some of the newest artwork appearing on Glasgow’s wall, I was spoiled for choice.  My first stop was the Viceroy bar at the Paisley Road Toll where Rogue One has certainly brightened up the beer garden, there is even some room for his pets.

I then crossed the river to SWG3 a favourite location for Glasgow’s street art fans, again I wasn’t disappointed, especially with the opening of it’s new gallery “Yard Life”

Out and about on the street also threw up some new pieces, one from Frodrik in Sauchiehall Lane , near Rogue One’s Guitarist was particularly striking.  The Rebel Bear continues to entertain me, this time in the Candleriggs with his falling couple, on my way towards my bus I passed that famous Glasgow landmark where a Katie Smith has created a nice piece on their boarding, it’s just a shame that it is a temporary piece, once on thew southside I headed to the Rum Shack on Pollokshaws Road where I found another of the Southside’s BLM murals by King Listy, this time of the poet Benjamin Zephaniah. 

There won’t be much time for street art this month as I’m committed myself to volunteering at the EURO2020 being held at Hampden and the Fan Zone in Glasgow Green, once things quieten down I’ll share some photographs from the event.

Clarkston through a lens – Part 2

Following my earlier post of 6 images from the collection shown above, here are the final 6 photographs and their modern equivalents.

Image #7 “Railway Station, Clarkston”, this image shows Clarkston Station, looking eastwards towards East Kilbride, it is thought that the photograph was taken in 1910, around 40 years after the station first opened,

Image #8 “Sheddens, Clarkston”, This image shows a row of houses, mainly unchanged in today’s image, the only difference would possibly be the difficulty of children playing in the middle of the road nowadays.

Image #9 “Carolside Gardens, Clarkston”, again a view of houses largely unchanged, externally, over the years, I wonder if the same could be said of the interiors. It is interesting to note that the name Carolside Gardens is still referred to today.

Image #10 “Eaglesham Road, Clarkston” I must admit that I took today’s photograph of this scene quite a few times and I still think it could be bettered, perhaps another time.   I was sure that the original photograph had been taken from outside Friel’s Opticians at the corner of Eaglesham Road and Authur Street, but on examining the image closer, I now think that it was taken further along the road where the lane beside the Co-Op shops is now.

Image #11 “Eaglesham Road, Clarkston” Another view of Image Eaglesham Road, this time looking towards the Sheddens, very little change can be seen in this image, however, the road has been widened considerably and a great deal more houses have been built in the area.

Image #12 “Roodebloem Gardens, Clarkston”  This image shows a view of the terrace of houses on Busby Road running from near the railway station to the corner of Strawhill Road, again these houses are largely unchanged externally today.  The name Roodebloem is interesting though and appears nowhere today.  The only reference I can find to it is of an estate in South Africa, and a reference to a battle by the Royal Scots Grey’s there during the Boer War.  What the connection to Clarkston is intriguing, to say the least

That finishes off my exercise for a wee while, I may try to find out the South African Connection, or try and find some more old photographs to replicate in the future.

Clarkston through a lens – Part 1

A couple of years ago I came across a little package with a collection of photographs of my home town, Clarkston, dating from around 1900-1910.  During my daily exercise walk, I have tried to take photographs of the same scenes today.

From the legend supplied with the photographs describing where each was taken, it made it relatively easy to find them, and the lack of traffic due to the Coronavirus lockdown meant that I could try to replicate the scenes, over 100 years after the originals were taken.

Image #1 was described as “Eastwoodmains Road, Clarkston” this one was very easy to find and I’m sure the white building on the left is the O’Haras accounting business at the corner of Golf Road.  If you look closely you can see the 3 mullioned windows on that building as a recognisable feature.

Image #2 was the most problematic of the images, it was titled “Golf Course Clarkston”. I assumed that meant the Williamwood Golf Course on Clarkston Road, and due to the club being closed I was able to get onto the greens to try and find the location this image was taken from. I was unable to find the exact location and after further research, it looks likely that the image was taken on The Busby & Clarkston Golf Course which existed near the Eaglesham Road between 1897 and 1951. I have added a similar image from my visit to Williamwood Golf Course, which was a pleasant place to visit during the lockdown.

Image #3 titled “Birds Eye View of Clarkston” took me south towards what is known today as the Sheddens, after much searching I discovered that the image was more than likely to be taken from the steeple of Greenbank Parish Church looking towards Arthur Street.  Unable to access the steeple I manage to capture a reasonable representation of the image from the church grounds. The roof of the white house on the left is clearly visible on both images.

Image #4 “Busby Road and Clarkston and Eaglesham Road”, this area displayed the most change over the years. The original photograph, thought to date from around 1900, shows the Buck’s Head wine and spirit vaults” which later became the Buck’s Head Tea Rooms at what is known today as the Sheddens.  The name Sheddens comes from the Scots word “shed” meaning a parting or division.

Image #5 “Eastwoodmains Road, Clarkston”, this view looking north east towards Clakston Toll with the Clarkston Bowling & Tennis Club on the left, the view hasn’t changed much over the years, although most of the large trees have been removed.

Image #6 “Clarkston Road“, this view shows the building at the corner of, what is now named, Busby Road and Mearns Road at the Clarkston Toll shopping area.  The tenement building on the left remains, however, as can been seen, there has been significant change in the area around the toll, the large building on the right being the only one remaining.

That’s the first six of photographs from the collection, I will post the remaining six later.  As I said, I really had great fun with this project, it kept me busy and active during the Coronavirus Lockdown, one benefit of which meant that I was able to stand in the middle of the road for some of the shots.