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11 hours ago, hamlet said:

I think "Glasgow's" the Pram Shop was just after Galbraiths in Cotton Street?

Indeed it was.  It was a good toyshop too.  I'm sure they had one in the west end along Wellmeadow on the right heading to Well St.  Further along Cotton St was Paisley Surgical Stores.  I used to wonder, when I passed on the way to Cubs on a Friday night, why a shop was open on a Friday night and why only men (mostly in cars) seemed to be the customers?  By the time I understood it was gone?

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On 2/6/2019 at 10:19 AM, Eric Arthur Blair said:

Canal St looking West from Causeyside St. Wardrop St on the right, Camphill school in the background.

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Thanks EAB and others for submitting these so important photos of Paisley's heritage now sadly gone.  Although, having lived in this area as a child, these houses were slums riddled with dampness and when we moved into the new development at Sir Michael Pl with an inside toilet and a bath my mother thought of heaven here on earth!

In the photo above,  first right is Wardrop St and on the corner, where the rubble lies, stood an old boarded up shop and since we were homeless, my father made a deal with the owner to let the 5 of us live there - 'aye, we're poorer than youse!'.  Anyway, if anyone could come up with a photo of that shop I'd really appreciate it!

Sometime later we managed to find a flat in the same street with gas light - no electricity!  Ah, those were the days!

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On 2/6/2019 at 5:29 PM, Eric Arthur Blair said:

You'll probably like these then...

Looking west from the junction with Barclay St (no longer exists, was 2 along from Wardrop St)barclayst.jpg.258e2f7cf7d9c0c32f8bcc0582e5c889.jpg

 

Looking east from junction with Castle St, Canal railway line on the right

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Junction with Barr St

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The Cavern (now The Horseshoe) during construction

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Junction with Camphill

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Behind the van lies a licensed grocer owned by a rather snobbish lower middle class man and I remember as a kid standing in the shop behind a woman with her leather bag (no plastic in those days) and headsquare on.  She was examining large boxed cakes on the counter and she then asked the owner,

'How much is this wan?' 

'2/6d' he replied. 

'Whit?  that's awfa light for 2/6d!'

'Because it's a sponge cake, dear!'

I once wrote a poem about it.

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Is that Grahams the butchers.
I'm pretty sure the shop with "GRA" above it is still there, trading now as the Buddies Bakery.I also didn't notice until now that at the extreme left of the photo is the railway line and the back of the tenements in Underwood Rd, one of which is the very first house I lived in as a baby, number 62.

 

 

 

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23 minutes ago, Desperately Seeking Susans said:

Behind the van lies a licensed grocer owned by a rather snobbish lower middle class man and I remember as a kid standing in the shop behind a woman with her leather bag (no plastic in those days) and headsquare on.  She was examining large boxed cakes on the counter and she then asked the owner,

'How much is this wan?' 

'2/6d' he replied. 

'Whit?  that's awfa light for 2/6d!'

'Because it's a sponge cake, dear!'

I once wrote a poem about it.

The correct answer is "because it's Madeira cake".

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4 hours ago, Eric Arthur Blair said:

Abercorn St at the corner with Weir St/Old Sneddon St. Wallneuk church in the background.

The poster is advertising a film at The Kelburne and you could get 20 fage for 3 shillings and 4 pence.

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In New devalued inflated pence 3'4 must be about 17p. I think you are meant to buy the ciggies, buy the McEwans and head for the Kelburne.  .Sorry I canny identify the filum. .

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3 hours ago, Desperately Seeking Susans said:

Can someone remind me of the building which stood at the junction of Mill St and and Bridge St?  It was a canteen of sorts and I remember eating there.  I seem to remember they turned a blind eye to people coming in off the street (might be wrong, though) :unsure:

It was the Civic Restaurant run by the local council on a non-profit basis and was partly staffed by volunteers.  It was originally known as the British Restaurant, these being opened during WW2 to ensure working folk got a decent meal while rationing was in place.  The name was changed to Civic after the war as rationing didn't come to an end when everybody hoped.  Most shut down in the late 50's but Paisley's was moved into the Town Hall (South Minor?) and continued until the mid 60's.  I remember going there from Secondary School around 1964 'cos you got a glass of limeade with your lunch.  Happy days.

The British Restaurant was featured in quite a few episodes of Dad's Army.

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Just remembered!!
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Well done Rabuddies,

From what I can remember, the town hall was so much "posher". I may also be wrong but i  don't think it

was the South Minor since you entered to the left of the main door. I warmed your seat, just.

Desperately Seeking, you are correct, any Tom, Dick and even me could be fed in either of the canteens.

 

 

 

 

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