Kingston Bowling Club:
Located in the north western corner of Pollokshields this former bowling club sits on McCulloch Street with Maxwell Road to the south, and Kenmure Street to the west. The site has been unused for many years and the bowling club buildings have suffered from vandalism, break-ins and fire-raising. This year in particular these actions have resulted in an accelerated decline, whereby now the buildings are in such a poor state repair/refurbishment will have lost all economic viability (e.g. - costs outweigh property value) and the spectre of yet further decline followed by eventual demolition surely looms.
The photographs on this page were taken between January 2013 and September 2013 and show the bowling club when the grounds were still being maintained on a regular basis. At this point the east building had been partially gutted by fire. By late summer/autumn the grounds were no longer maintained and the east building had been demolished and the roof of the main building stripped of all its metal flashings. This metal theft has rendered the building's envelope ineffectual and will mean the interior will quickly become waterlogged as winter takes hold with the resultant potential for dry and wet rot outbreaks as well general destruction of the interior. This will force this empty building from its current state of dereliction into potentially dangerous territory as rot will compromise the integrity of the roof timbers.
The buildings consist of an original bowling clubhouse estimated to be over 100 years in age and of a stone construction with a render applied. The clubhouse faces south overlooking the green with a pair of turret like windowed features at the west and east ends of the south facade. Above, the building is roofed with traditional Scottish slate on a timber roof structure. The building is a single storey with an attic roofspace with two dormers on the south slope. At a later date (estimated 1970s) a flat roofed extension has been added to the west and then later still a seperate timber single storey building to the east which was demolished in the summer of 2013 following repated vandalism and fire-raising.
All the buildings are un-listed.
street address: 49 McCulloch Street, Glasgow, G41 1SU
Latitude / Longitude: 55.844536,-4.270958 (sourced using Google Maps)
Site visit dates: 01 January 2013 + 19 August 2013 + 02 September 2013 .
View from Maxwell Road looking north through the entrance gate (01/01/2013)
south front elevation with the original building central, the extension on the left (west) and the standalone partially burnt out timber building on the right (east) (01/01/2013)
signage on Maxwell Road (01/01/2013)
south elevation (01/01/2013)
view looking north-west along the south/west elevations (01/01/2013)
the interior of the east timber standalone building with the fire damage having destroyed a large portion of the roof (01/01/2013)
east building with the large section of roof missing (01/01/2013)
looking west along the south elevation of the flat roof extension to the west (01/01/2013)
west elevation and looking along the south elevation with the blond sandstone tenement on McCulloch Street in the background (01/01/2013)
east bay window feature (01/01/2013)
iron finial atop the roof on the original building (01/01/2013)
octagonal roof turret centrally located over the original building (01/01/2013)
vandalised door on the south elevation (01/01/2013)
interior of the central portion of the south elevation of the original building (01/01/2013)
damaged security signage (01/01/2013)
west elevation of the later extension (01/01/2013)
brick barbecue in the north-western area of the grounds (01/01/2013)
view looking up the flagpole in the north-west corner of the grounds (01/01/2013)
looking west along the north elevation (01/01/2013)
view looking west along the north elevation (01/01/2013)
east end of the north elevation of the timber partially burnt out building with St Albert's Catholic Church tower visible in the distnace to the south (01/01/2013)
fire ravaged portion of the north elevation exposing the bathroom facilities (01/01/2013)
bowlers' shelters at the south side of the grounds (01/01/2013)
south-west corner of the site, with memorial which is sited at the spot of the beginning of a dark episode which lead to a murder (01/01/2013)
August 2013 - the grounds are no longer maintained, the east timber building has been demolished and cleared and the roof stripped of metal (19/08/2013)
south elevation (19/08/2013)
flashings stripped from roof (19/08/2013)
flashings stripped from roof (19/08/2013)
north elevation with stripped flashings and consequent damage to the roof visible (02/09/2013)
the removal of the flashings has been done in such a manner as to cause a great deal of damage to the roof (02/09/2013)
roof turret top missing (02/09/2013)
damage to the west end of the north elevation (02/09/2013)
ashtrays from the clubhouse laying on the north side of the roof (02/09/2013)