Growing up in Parkhead

Growing up in Parkhead

T McCann

Well I suppose we should all start at our school days.  I went to Newlands  Primary then Riverside Secondary School.  I remember being happy at Primary, but I’m afraid I can’t say the same for Secondary school.  The only happy memory I have of Riverside was going on the SS Uganda to Russia.  My pal Charles Clark also went on the trip.  His family ran the bakers in Springfield Road  (Sampson’s) whose Jock’s Loaves were a thing of legend.

We lived at 77 Whitby Street  and had a great view of the Pancake Works that  later became the high flats.  My parents worked on Saturdays  and the job of ‘going the messages’ was passed down from my older brother to me.  No more long lye ins!

The first shop on the list was always Curley’s on Springfield Road where I would stand red faced as the woman would come away with sayings like if “I was 20 years younger I would be your girlfriend”.  I think they meant 30 years by the look of some of them!  I remember the big block of butter that sat on the counter that would be cut with a piece of wire, then knocked into shape with wooden  paddles.  Next on the list would be Sampson’s Bakers for a Jock’s Loaf, up past Frank Cross Butchers who, when he saw me, would always wave out or ask how my dad was doing.  We didn’t buy anything from Frank’s as my dad owned a Butchers on Tollcross Road called ‘George’s’.  Next was my favourite stop and that was Cook’s on Springfield Road for my Commando comic and a look at the airfix models in the window.  You could also swap your Marvel comics there for a small fee – I remember the inside covers were stamped.

Across the road was Maxwell’s Leather shop.  I still think of that shop when I smell leather – even on holiday.  The woman that served, I remember, was always nice.

Now the heavy message bags!  Yes – the fruit and veg from Mary McCaulay’s, where everyone wanted Mary McCauley herself to serve them.  Mary would have to please everybody while polishing the apples for her display.

Woolworths in Westmuir Street was always a favourite shop to visit with its pick ‘n’ mix as soon as you walked through the door, and at that time being into music Woolworths always displayed who was Number One that week.  There was another music shop in Parkhead next to the toilets in Burgher Street.

I would then make my way home, sometimes stopping at Jim Morgan’s Newsagents in Dechmont Street for a Lucky Totty or an MB bar.

Tam McCann

10 thoughts on “Growing up in Parkhead

  1. Sam

    Has any one any memories or know the O’Neil family
    Robert O’Neil father
    Christina O’Neil Mother

    They had 10 children
    Christina Steel O’Neil born 1933
    Margaret
    Jeanette
    Ina
    Mary
    Duncan
    James

    And sorry I cannot remember them all of the top of my head.

    I really would appreciate any information you may have please

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  2. John Smith

    Hi Irene, sorry I don’t have any photos of the old days, wish I had.
    The guy who had cancer was my grandad, Marys husband…..Jimmy, he had cancer of the voice box and lost his voice.
    My dad died very young a few years after (his mother) Mary.
    The shop was then sold as the forge had been built and there was no future in it.

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  3. Helen Nell Ross

    Hi Tam, loved yir wee tale aboot Parkheid. Ah used tae go tae Cooks anaw fur Little Dot, Little Lotta, Richie Rich and the Classic Illustrated Comics, Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island, Jane Eyre etc. Great Stuff enjoyed reading it, only wan complaint, it wiz too short xxx

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  4. linda barr

    Hi,

    I remember Westmuir St well being brought up in Parkhead. I remember going to Mary McAulays fruit shop and queing up to buy fruit and vegetables it always fasinated me Mary polishing the fruit and taking out any that were bad I also remember her son working their aswell everyone new Mary and the staff well and their was always plenty banter. I attended Newlands School then Riverside my maiden name was Brown and I lived in the wee low down building next to Adams scrapyard. Ann Aitken and myself grew up together going to the Granada on a Saturday afternoon which was a treat. I also remember Irvines dairy springfield rd and remember going to Cooks for my comic. The sweet shop was also there and I would go in and ask for the penny tray which was also a treat, you could have a caramel, lucky potato, swizzles etc. Really good memories.

    Linda Barr(Brown)

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    1. Irenehart

      Hi Linda….thanks for that. I remember you well as I lived in the same street as Ann. If you have any old photos or other memories we would be glad to have them.
      regards,
      Irene

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  5. Marina Mathieson

    My gran ŵalked from Silverburn street in Carntyne. She had a lovely flat in westmuir street first. Her name was Robinson and they stayed at 24 Westmuir Street. Margaret, Josie, and Mary too!! My gran and her brother had a dairy too in Parkhead.

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  6. Marina Mathieson

    My gran shopped there on a daily basis. I remember a son who has no voice because of cancer who worked there all time!!!

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  7. John Smith

    Mary Macaulay was my granny, great memories of being in the shop and giving my dad a hand in with the fruit n veg, shop was always queued out to the door, she was always in from the back of six till closing time, 6 days a week, that was her life.

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  8. Catherine Murray

    Hi Tam

    Enjoyed your wee walk down memory lane above. Didn’t know anything about your site until Peter told me yesterday when I went on his Bridgeton tour. Have just had a quick glance at the site and my goodness it’s going to take me quite a while to get through it, but from first glance it looks amazing. Am looking forward to immersing myself in Parkhead and its history! Thank you all. Hope you’re keeping well.

    Catherine

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