NS5566 : Old railway tunnel

taken 8 years ago, near to Partick, Glasgow, Great Britain

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Old railway tunnel
Old railway tunnel
On the north side of Crathie Drive. This was part of the line which linked the former Lanarkshire & Dumbartonshire Railway's main line at Partick with the old Glasgow Central Railway at Dawsholm via the former Kelvinside Station on Great Western Road.

Part of Crathie Court can be seen in the background.
Crathie Court

Crathie Court is an eight-storey building in the International Modernism style on Crathie Drive. It has a strong Art Deco influence, despite being built in the 1950s. It was designed by Dr Ronald Bradbury, Director of Housing at Glasgow Corporation, as an experiment in high-rise housing following a directive from the Scottish Office in 1945. The building won a Saltire Award for the best-designed flats in Scotland in 1952.

It was part of Glasgow Corporation's programme of hostels for single women and consisted of 88 bed-sit flats. As a result, it became known locally as "the spinster flats".

It was Glasgow's first foray into "modern" high rise housing and its construction set the trend for future high-rise council housing in the city.

Glasgow Housing Association recently invested 2.6 million in upgrading the building. Today the 88 studio flats house mainly older people - both men and women.

Well worth the short detour from Dumbarton Road or Crow Road if you are interested in architecture. The grounds are private.

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Date Taken
Saturday, 13 April, 2013   (more nearby)
Friday, 19 April, 2013
Geographical Context
Historic sites and artefacts  Housing, Dwellings  Suburb, Urban fringe  Railways  Derelict, Disused 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5509 6680 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:52.3504N 4:19.0556W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5508 6678
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North-northeast (about 22 degrees)
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