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I think this is the pedestrian bridge that crossed the Cart as you made your way to Love St. off Abercorn St.
It was handy to walk down through there either from the bus stop at the cross or finding somewhere to park the car when there was a reasonable crowd at the ground.
 
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Getting done up this now, not sure when it's due to be finished.
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9 minutes ago, Cookie Monster said:

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Just a wee bit of an improvement. Only to be spoilt by new (ish) built houses. Or is it I've been living down here a long time as all I remember was an Arnold Clark garage (if I remember right) on Love Street side and Abbott engineering on Abercorn Street side.

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3 hours ago, Cumbriansaint72 said:

Just a wee bit of an improvement. Only to be spoilt by new (ish) built houses. Or is it I've been living down here a long time as all I remember was an Arnold Clark garage (if I remember right) on Love Street side and Abbott engineering on Abercorn Street side.

I think the garage was originally Gillespie's of Paisley and was later taken over by Carlaw's, the family of Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw.

 

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I remember Gillespie's being on Glasgow road as a Toyota dealer. Only because it was one of thefew  my dad didn't like going into. Been thinking about it, it may not have even been an Arnold Clark dealership, may even have been part of the Peat Road Motors empire that seemed to be everywhere in mid 80s to early 90s. Remember us getting a mini then a metro from said garage. When it came to cars dad had terrible taste then.

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14 hours ago, smcc said:

I think the garage was originally Gillespie's of Paisley and was later taken over by Carlaw's, the family of Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw.

 

The showroom used to sell Hackney taxis I think the Company was Patons and they were there from early 2000s at least

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16 hours ago, smcc said:

I think the garage was originally Gillespie's of Paisley and was later taken over by Carlaw's, the family of Tory MSP Jackson Carlaw.

 

It was Gillespie's originally. Largely Austin Morris for most of the '70's/early 80's.

Found this elsewhere.

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Does anyone have memories of Paisley's motor trade?

Let's start with David Blane and sons. Old David started the business before the war selling American cars; Hudsons and Pontiacs. Ended up with the Jaguar dealership and VW agency. I did some warranty work on Jags then. They lost the agency in the Leyland years and went to Datsun. They had a beautiful showroom with an apartment above. It's now a piece of waste ground!

Then there was Gillespies in Love Street and Glasgow Road who were Wolseley, Austin/Morris, MG and in the early days Jowett. They are gone.

Also Pottie's for Vauxhall and Bedford light commercial across from the Sheriff Court. They had the slowest, most incompetent parts department in the whole country. You took your flask and sleeping bag when you went to buy parts! They are gone.

Low's Garage supplied Opel cars including the underrated Manta. They too have disappeared.

Then Goudie's Garage were the main dealers for the Rootes group, which of course were manufactured just down the road in Linwood. No longer there, nor is the factory!

Then McFadyen's Garage in Shuttle Street. Main dealers for Rover and Triumph, ran by my old and great friend David Millar, sadly long departed way before his time. The nicest, most honest man I have ever dealt with in the motor trade.

Also gone and another victim of the Leyland years.

Then Young's Ford depot, who became Clanford, the employer of the most ignorant counter staff encountered in the trade. I think they were on bonuses to see how many customers they could offend in a week!!

The showroom is still there but is an independent.






 

 

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49 minutes ago, HSS said:

Are we not talking about New Sneddon St?

Was Gillespies not in thru the pend at the start of the shops on Love St?

 

The pend in Love St was where they did the mechanical work. The showroom was in Glasgow Rd and is now a funeral director, Greggs, hairdressers and bookies.

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17 minutes ago, Eric Arthur Blair said:

The pend in Love St was where they did the mechanical work. The showroom was in Glasgow Rd and is now a funeral director, Greggs, hairdressers and bookies.

I knew there was a connection somewhere

That place became Love Street Motors which was part owned by Stewart Gilmour 

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Got to say all this is really great with all these old dealerships and certainly no doubt a lot of people had bought unreliable rot boxes over the years as it did come as standard with most British built cars of that time.

Got me remembering back to when I went to Reid Kerr 88-92 on day release as an apprentice, our group in motor mechanics dept had only 2 actual apprentice car mechanics, rest of us were either HGV or plant mechanics and those 2 weren't attached to any garage in Paisley. Would appear the decline on dealerships was already going then.

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Before it was a car dealership, it was the site for the Burgh council roads dept. I remember the big piles of grit and salt for the roads being stored there. The council also had a building on Wallace street ( social housing now) just along from Suzies cafe. 

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On 9/4/2021 at 5:09 PM, Cookie Monster said:

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That looks bloody good compared to the last 25 years, and I will give 👍 to the Council for once for coming up with the money and the proposal to refurbish it. (of course nothing to do with the finance convenor skipping across it daily to go and see her granny😜 back in the day!).

On a separate entry Schull suggested he was going head down there with his fishing rod, what would you expect to catch down there fairly close to the estuarial waters Schull? I know there is the odd salmon passing through, but what else might you get down there?

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3 minutes ago, Slash said:

Does anyone know what the steel monstrosity being erected on Bridge Street is going to be? I believe it’s on the site of the old nightclub The Institute. 

Commercial property on the ground floor and flats above

https://www.scottishconstructionnow.com/article/green-light-for-34-new-flats-in-paisley

 

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1 minute ago, HSS said:

Commercial property on the ground floor and flats above

Cheers J. Hopefully once it’s finished it will look ok and blend in. Just looks shit right now driving towards Mill St from Gordon St with the beautiful Abbey in the distance.

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