author John N Cooper.......I
lost contact with John in 1984 but was recently
reunited through GlesgaPals and I am delighted to
have this opportunity to inform you about his book/CD.
Anyone who reads books about Glasgow will find his book/CD fascinating.
expertly written and enhanced by photographs, maps and drawings. 'Anderston
then & now' .............. Will.McArthur, Webmaister.
THEN & NOW
John N Cooper
Anderston Cross cc1910
photograph represents the view most commonly associated with ‘Old
The instantly recognisable property stood on the junction of
All the buildings in the photograph were removed during the 1960’s to
for construction work on the
Foreword by the
I first contemplated writing the history of Anderston, during the mid
1960’s, I was prompted to complete the task when I heard comments such
as "What is there in Anderston to write about? Not much happened
there!” So, it was partly in response to such statements that I
wrote my first historical account of Anderston entitled, 'Simply
Anderston'. As I began gathering and collating material for 'Simply
Anderston' I was aware that this would be the first complete history
of Anderston ever written and was therefore imbued with a real sense of
mission. Thankfully, a number of other authors have since recorded their
version of Anderston's history. Now that the area has been the subject of
a number of books, you may wonder why I have bothered to add to the list.
The simple truth is, when I wrote ‘Simply Anderston’ I was
still in my formative years, and the original manuscript was heavily
edited to make publication costs viable. One of my longstanding ambitions
was to complete the job I originally set out to do, hence the new title, ‘Anderston
Then & Now’.
the casual observer or passer-by, a community is largely about the visual
impact of buildings and the general ambience of an area. However, to the
resident, the community is about the reality of daily life and of the
hopes and dreams of the people. An exile returning to Anderston today
would be hard pressed to find many recognisable landmarks. Gone are the
familiar tenements and the factories that pre-date the early 1960's, in
their place stand prestigious hotels, commercial properties and areas of
new housing. Amid the generally unimpressive blocks of housing stock
erected during the 1960-70’s some architecture of
survives; the Saving's Bank, at Shaftesbury Street; The Buttery, on Argyle
Street; St Patrick's R.C. Church in North Street, and
real story of Anderston is about its people, both past and present; many
notable people down through the years had strong affiliations with the
area including such personalities as James Watt, David and Robert Napier,
William Quarrier, Thomas Lipton, Duncan Macrae, Roddy McMillan and Tony
Roper to name but a few.
have primarily confined the story within the bounds of the area most
commonly referred to as Anderston, a district of less than one mile
square. Forming the western boundary is the SECC, then north to
St. Vincent Crescent
Corunna Street, east
Saint Vincent Street
to the eastern boundary marked by the Central Station, the River Clyde to
the south is the natural barrier enclosing the entire geographical area
I am delighted to say, that thanks to advice from one of my colleagues,
Mark Temple, ‘Anderston Then & Now’, is also available as a
CD-ROM, making it the first history of Anderston available in disc format.
I again gratefully acknowledge the assistance and encouragement of the
many people who helped with the original publication 'Simply Anderston'
their assistance is still greatly appreciated and it is to them and
everyone with an interest in Anderston that I dedicate ‘Anderston
Then & Now’. John N. Cooper, Jan 2004
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