Category: Photos

Nithsdale Street, by Duncan Brown

Duncan Brown (1819-1897) was a talented amateur photographer who documented Glasgow life from the 1850s onwards. This undated photograph from the Glasgow School of Art Archives features on TheGlasgowStory, and depicts Nithsdale Street from Allison Street, across Pollokshaws Road . For orientation, Heraghty’s pub & CC Barbers would be just to the left out of shot, and Strathbungo Station/Susie’s shop (alas no more) are in the far distance.

The photo has appeared here before, but it suddenly made more sense when rummaging in the valuation rolls for Nithsdale Street. Here’s a closer look.

2 Nithsdale Street


2 Nithsdale Street

The house on the right carries a sign for Robert Bryce, Plumber & Gasfitter. It was variously numbered 2 Nithsdale Street, or 694 Pollokshaws Road, and abutted the tenement that now houses Glasgow Photo Express and Koelschip Yard. It was Robert’s workshop from 1893 to 1900, which helps date the photograph.

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Pollokshields West Railway Station

This Where am I? entry provoked responses split 50:50 between this being Pollokshields West or Maxwell Park. So here’s some more evidence.

Although only Maxwell Park Station building survives after a careful restoration, it wasn’t the only island station house on the line. Pollokshields West had a station house of the same design, as seen here, until the late 1980s.

Pollokshields West Station seen from the Terregles Avenue entrance, in 1987 (Ewan Crawford, Railscot), and again in 2018 .

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