Author John N.
.......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
'Anderston then & now' ..............
& NOW by 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 Kingston
Foreword by the author
When 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’.
| To 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 'Old
Anderston' .still survives; the Saving's
Bank, at Shaftesbury Street; The Buttery, on
Argyle Street; St Patrick's R.C. Church in
North Street, and Washington
| The 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.
I 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
and Saint Vincent Street
, down Pitt 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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John N Cooper 2004 All rights reserved.
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Publications by John N Cooper