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‘We Liked it, but Not Too Much’ – Photos of Glasgow in 1976 by Ed Sijmons

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Gallowgate Glasgow July 1976

Gallowgate Glasgow July 1976

In 1976 a Dutch couple Ed Sijmons and his partner Louise decided to visit Scotland and booked a plane, initially, to Edinburgh. Here is his description of their stay:

It was a nice Fokker Friendship with few passengers, but a bit (too) late. We did not book a hotel, we only had a fake voucher for a hotel to have cheap tickets… (a trick in those days). BUT, a very nice lady sitting not far from us, asked us to stay with her in her apartment in the city center ! Next morning a breakfast ! So nice and friendly ! After some time in Edinburgh we made a trip through Scotland by bus, train, boat and hitchhiking. Dunbar, Berwick (ok, England), Kelso, Hawick, Galashield, Dalkeith and after a few days back to Edinburgh. Next day to Glasgow, Loch Lomond, Inversnaid, Stirling, Perth, Dundee and back to Edinburgh. In Glasgow we stayed a few days, starting at a most terrible B&B, followed by a few days with a very nice woman, in the same street! The first address had 5 rooms at least and the second only one for B&B. It was a poor neighbourhood, and so looked the whole of Glasgow. We liked it, but not too much. But after all it was a real interesting city.

Glasgow 1976

Bridge Street

 

Glasgow near Saltmarket, 1976

Glasgow near Saltmarket, 1976

 

Glasgow 1976

River Clyde

 

Glasgow 1976

Glasgow tenement blocks ready for demolition

 

Gordon Street/Mitchell Street

Gordon Street/Mitchell Street

Police box in Glasgow, 1976

Police box in Glasgow, 1976

Glasgow 1976

Glasgow Transport museum

 

Glasgow 1976

High Street/Trongate with car of Crazy House department store opposite

 

Luigi's Ice cream Glasgow Transport museum

Luigi’s Ice cream Glasgow Transport museum

 

Menzies van, Glasgow 1976

Menzies van, Glasgow 1976

 

Glasgow 1976

Old ship on Clyde near Clyde Street and Victoria Bridge

 

Glasgow 1976

Saltmarket at corner of Clyde Street seen from Albert Bridge

 

Glasgow 1976

Saltmarket with Railway bridge seen from St. Andrew’s Street

 

Glasgow 1976

St. Enoch (Underground) Station

 

Glasgow 1976

Dumbarton Street

 

Glasgow 1976

Clyde Street near Victoria Bridge

 

Glasgow 1976

car park at Kelvinbridge underground station

Glasgow 1976

Morris Minor Van (Hyndland Building Services) in Peel Street

More of Ed’s brilliant photographs can be found at his Flickr site. It’s really worth visiting.

  • Keen Mustard

    Glasgow pre-sandblasting.

  • Mike Fader

    Glasgow looks a little different these days…