History of Marine Crescent


 
Alan Forbes

Our office/studio is located in a slightly unusual and hidden part of Glasgow.  It’s a street that’s been classed as being in many different areas, from Pollokshields, Tradeston and Kinning Park. However, we believe it’s in Govan, a great part of the world.

Officially Kinning Park ends at Govan Toll at the Angel Building - a gushet (triangular) building that is split between Paisley Road West and Govan Road.

The angel a building is easy to walk past and not notice anything unusual about it but it’s actually rather beautiful and like many others has some stunning architecture – you just have to look up!  Today its home to La Florentina, an Italian restaurant, in the past it was a furniture shop called Burton, like Ikea but not flat pack or Swedish, so actually nothing like Ikea.  

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It’s known to locals as it has a beautiful angel at the top.  Many people think there used to be a second angel on the building but this doesn’t appear to be the case…Why has the other side been left empty?  It could be down to an old superstition – the devil is on the left side, hence why you throw salt shoulder over your left shoulder, who knows?!

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Anyway back to Marine Crescent.  In 1848 it was the location of General Terminus and Glasgow Harbour Railway.  A railway station that was vital for transporting supplies to the shipyards - mainly coal from Ayrshire.

Loads of pics here….

https://canmore.org.uk/site/90285/glasgow-general-terminus-quay

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When the Hunterston Terminal in North Ayrshire opened in the 1979 it signalled the end of the station in 1980.

The land lay vacant but not for long.

The area has always redeveloping itself, in 1974 the UK’s biggest country music club – The Grand Ole Opray, opened its doors we now sit just behind it.

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In 1988 the Glasgow Garden Festival took place on the River Clyde.  It was a 6 month festival that had everything from gardens displays, trams and even a rollercoaster.  It was the first event of its type to be held in Glasgow for 50 years.  

 The Garden festival was a huge success with over 4 million people visiting but more importantly it was the springboard the helped relaunch Glasgow.  It transformed Glasgow from an industrial city to the one we know today.


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 We believe the light industrial units were built on Marine Crescent, as workshops for the Garden festival to make items such as staging, installations and floats.  It would explain the large double doors, high ceilings, and no pillars.

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Today it is a small but busy street with a diverse range of businesses occupying the units, from a coffee wholesaler to a care at home company.  Interestingly we aren’t the first production company to take residence here, one of the biggest and most successful production companies ever to come out of Scotland started here hopefully we can follow in their footsteps…