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> Glasgow Department Stores, What did I miss?
Allan D.Sim
post 1st Mar 2006, 07:04pm
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Pettigrew & Stephens, Copland and Lye, Muirheads, Frasers, and Lewis's. Yes I may have missed one or two, but only Frasers and to a lesser extent, Lewis's as Debenhams still operate. I left Townhead for the dizzy heights of Bridgeton in 1967. We lived about 5 minutes walk from all those great shopping streets. Relying on all the memories of the people here, what did I miss? I do not have any real recollections of the large stores of Sauchiehall Street. So people what were the grand Glasgow department stores really like? I was too young when they disappeared. Would anyone care to share the memories of flowing staircases and floors offering the wherewithal of the world? I will say this.... Muirheads closed and now Boots the Chemist is at 200 Sauchiehall Street. Let the memories roll.......
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post 2nd Mar 2006, 01:47am
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Awe Allen did you miss the best of times ,early Saturday morning gettin up and going in to town Mammy wae her hat on and me with ma best coat , for the messages that you could only get in certain stores then stopping at Lewis,s for lunch and if she had enough money we got apple pie with covered with Custard pudding ,it was our wee time to be alone and I do remember it well and to go to Lewis,s at christmas time was a treat to keep in your head for ever ,all the store decorated up like a fairyland wink.gif


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post 2nd Mar 2006, 07:31pm
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There were many bigger stores in those days. Some I remember would be Lewis, Arnott Simpsons, Frasers, Muirheads, Marks & Spencers, Littlewoods.... these in the area of Argyle Street. Of course the C & A, what woman didn't know C&A. Smaller stores Graftons, Dolcis, Jordon's shoes, Gordon's shoes, Saxone shoes (I guess we were all really fond of new shoes there were lots of shoe shops). Saturdays were spent "in town" and I am happy to see that still to this day a lot of Glaswegians head for the town on a Saturday.
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post 2nd Mar 2006, 10:19pm
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I'm trying to remember, I was more used to the Sauchiehall Street shops as you hit it sooner when coming in fromthe west end. I remember Trerons, Dalys, Wilson's Linens, Pettigrews (my mother worked there after I got married) Coplands, Watt Bros. (bought my wedding dress there), Hendersons, C & A, Muirheads, Marks and Spencers, Woolworths next door, Boots the Chemist. I'm beginning to run out now. There was also Paisleys where we had to buy our school uniforms. I'm sure someone else can fill in the gaps. Sauchiehall Street has changed so much, I hardly recognized it last time I was there.
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post 2nd Mar 2006, 10:19pm
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Wonderful memories reading those names....I remember buying a pair of shoes at Timpsons during the winkle-picker era ( member that? )....the style was called a chisel toe, they had cross straps and buckles... ah thoat they wur jist great till they buggered up ma feet....talk aboot vanity !

Having been around men's clothing for more years than I care to remember, how about names like........Daks...Hector Powe....Burtons....John Collier....Jacksons.....Claude Alexander.....Weaver-to-Wearer...50shilling Tailors....and last but not least, where my brother tells me I shop.....West End Misfits.!!!

I actually served my tailoring apprenticeship with B. Green & Sons...3 Scott St. (next to the Regal Cinema)...another great tailoring firm was Gunn, Collie & Topping.....the minimum cost for a suit from the last two mentioned would have run 28 pounds/10 shillings.....three weeks wages for a fireman circa 1965 smile.gif


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post 3rd Mar 2006, 10:46am
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Here's an early 60s snap of Wood and Selby's at St. George's Cross.

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post 3rd Mar 2006, 12:15pm
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Davy, my mother worked in tailoring too. I think her first place was called Taylors. Later on she went to Brook and Branders on the High Street. This is going back an awful lot of years as my mother is now 88 years young.
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post 8th Mar 2006, 10:32pm
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3 Scott Street today

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post 9th Mar 2006, 05:06pm
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Jaybee,

I see that your Mother worked in Brook and Branders in High Street, that was my first machinist job in there.
Your Mum is a lot older than me but would you mind telling me her name? Who knows, she may well have been one of the experienced machinists when I was just a wee 15 year old biggrin.gif

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Isobel
post 9th Mar 2006, 05:43pm
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I worked in Marks on Arglye street in the sixties. I used to shop for anything special in a little dress store right opposite Marks. Can anyone remember the name. My friend's mother worked in there ,and she used to give us girls a little discount.


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Allan D.Sim
post 11th Mar 2006, 02:46am
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As I started this post for this reason, 1960s is just out of reach! However, as some of these premises were in existence in 1930s, it's possible they were still operating in the 1960s, maybe beyond. According to the Virtual Mitchell, there were a few stores around 1-53 Argyle Street I know Mann Byars was at corner, the few pics I looked at were 1938, and shops like Graftons, Estelle were there. Log onto http://virtualmitchell.org. When you see the search box, enter Argyle and see it it helps, there are 320 pictures. Hope you find it.
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Melody
post 11th Mar 2006, 04:15pm
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Isobel would that shop have been Latters?
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Isobel
post 20th Mar 2006, 01:26am
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Sorry Melody I missed your post. Yes it was Latters.Just loved that store. Is it still there?
Alan I also remember Graftons, but not the others you mentioned. A little before my time. biggrin.gif


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Dexter St. Clair
post 6th Apr 2006, 07:25am
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I found this site which shows some photographs of Scott Street .

CCA Scott Street

and one from a few years ago showing The Cotton Club which was also known as Maestro's, Sands, and of course The Maryland amongst a few other names too. You'll find it here.

Mike Henniker's page

Enter Scott Street into his search engine

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jaybee
post 6th Apr 2006, 12:23pm
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Valros, sorry, I didn't notice your question almost a month ago. My mother's name was Bessie Borland and she worked in there in the 50s and early 60s. Again, sorry for not replying. Jaybee
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