Eastern Necropoils Gate Lodge:
Sited at the Gallowgate entrance to the eastern necropolis this small Gate Lodge lies sealed and derelict, within a stripped out interior and roof pierced by some large trees.
Constructed c.1860 this blond ashlar single storey classical building has an L-shape plan and a traditional slate covered roof. Entering the necropolis form the Gallowgate through the gate piers with iron gates on a curved plan, the lodge is sited immediately to the east. The west (front) elevation has a gable end facing the visitor with a plain pediment filling the gable with just a single centrally located curved fan detail at its base. Below a triple round arched series of windows is centrally sited. To the left (north) the building steps back revealing its L-shaped plan and here is to be found the main door with arched fanlight above. Sealed by means of a steel door and grilles on the windows the building has lain vacant for many years.
Stepping around the building the blank elevation (north) onto the Gallowgate shares the wall of the necropolis. To the south the elevation is fenestrated with a single large arched window at the west end and then a slimmer two part window also sharing the round arched tops. Finally the east elevation is punctured with three large round arched topped windows and a minor window to the south. All these former openings are sealed with the most northern pair of larger openings blocked up and from the shape of the aperture, at some time their has been a doorway here.
The stonework of the lodge is in a poor condition and portions are painted. The addition of paint to sandstone is invariably detrimental and a short term cosmetic fix only. In the long term such coatings accelerate the deterioration of the stone trapping moisture and prevent the stones' 'breathability'.
In several places major vegetation can be seen growing from the roof, and above the south elevation two major trees have grown through the roof causing major water ingress and the branches are, in places forcing the stonework apart. The pointing in many areas is missing or in a very poor condition and the rainwater goods are rusted and blocked.
The interior of the building has long since been stripped with bare walls, no floor and an all pervading dampness.
The BARR (Buildings at Risk Register) states that the lodge is now included in the Parkhead Cross Conservation Area and attempts are being made to put a scheme in place to restore and re-use the building. As with all such schemes until the money is in place and work begins nothing can be taken for granted.
street address: 1264 Gallowgate, Glasgow, G31 4DR
Latitude / Longitude: 55.852551,-4.201563 (sourced using Google Maps)
Site visit date: 08 November 2013
1) Small, S., 2007. Greater Glasgow: An Illustrated Architectural Guide. RIAS
2) Buildings at Risk Register (BARR) website: www.buildingsatrisk.org.uk/details/907521
Looking south-east with the lodge visible through the gates (08/11/2013)
North elevation with Lodge sharing the boundary wall onto Gallowgate (08/11/2013)
North blank elevation and west front fenestrated elevation (08/11/2013)
Whilst the gates have been restored with new black and gold paint, the Lodge decays in the background (08/11/2013)
West elevation with triple round arched windows with pedimented gable above and the doorway to the north where the L-shaped plan steps back (08/11/2013)
Round arched topped doorway with boarded former fanlight (08/11/2013)
Small opening to the north of the main doorway (08/11/2013)
The traditional slate covered pitched roof is in a variety of states of decay. Here above the doorway just a few slates are missing, in other areas though the damage is far more catastrophic (08/11/2013)
Vegetation sprouting from beside the front door showing considerbale moisture is present in the walls in this area where no sunlight falls (08/11/2013)
Triple round arched windows on the front elevation (08/11/2013)
The lone carved decoration to be found centrally located at the base of the pedimented gable (08/11/2013)
Round arched windows and padlocked rusting steel grilles (08/11/2013)
Underfloor vents are broken or missing allowing small animals/vermin access into the building. The ground level can be seen to have gradually risen over time and is beginning to encroach on the vent to the right. This will increase the possibility of water ingress (08/11/2013)
Missing pointing at the apex of the pedimented gable (08/11/2013)
West and southern elevations and major tree growth piercing the roof (08/11/2013)
South elevation with boarded windows and massive vegetation destrying the roof above, allowing water ingress, damaging the stonework and also to be seen are major areas of missing and slipped slates (08/11/2013)
Round arched windows on the south elevation (08/11/2013)
Single round arched window at the west end of the south elevation (08/11/2013)
Vegetation forcing the stonework apart at the south-west corner of the lodge (08/11/2013)
Stripped out interior, with no floors and bare damp walls (08/11/2013)
Looking past the south elevation back towards the gates (08/11/2013)
Vegetation, missing and slipped slates on the south slope of the roof which is in a catastrophic condition (08/11/2013)
South and east elevations (08/11/2013)
Glasgow signage to the rear of the building (08/11/2013)
East elevation with three large sealed openings and smaller sealed opening to the left (08/11/2013)
Vegetation also pierces the east slope of the roof (08/11/2013)
Blocked up openings (08/11/2013)