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Glasgow, Springburn Park, Winter Gardens

Glasshouse (19-20th Century)

Site Name Glasgow, Springburn Park, Winter Gardens

Classification Glasshouse (19-20th Century)

Canmore ID 169078

Site Number NS66NW 240

NGR NS 60814 68449

Datum OSGB36 - NGR

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  • Council Glasgow, City Of
  • Parish Glasgow (City Of Glasgow)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District City Of Glasgow
  • Former County Lanarkshire

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Winter Gardens, Springburn Park, 1899, Simpson & Farmer, hothouse builders

55m- (180ft)-long glasshouse gifted by James Reid. Frame made by William Baird of Temple Ironworks. Elegant glazed cast-iron arched roof, carried by mild steel girders on tall red brick walls, with round-arched windows. Low clerestory across ridge, decorative thistle crest. Internal gallery all round, cast-iron stairs with decorative cast-iron balustrades. Today a skeleton, awaiting funding for restoration

Taken from "Greater Glasgow: An Illustrated Architectural Guide", by Sam Small, 2008. Published by the Rutland Press http://www.rias.org.uk

Site Management (1 August 1990)

Large glasshouse, built by Messrs. Simpson and Farmer, Horticultural Builders, Heating and Ventilating Engineers of Partick Bridge using iron from the Temple Ironworks of Crow Road, Glasgow. Simpson and Farmer also assembled the Winter Gardens in Tollcross. The glasshouse extends for 180ft, with tall 12ft red brick walls punctuated by round-arched windows. These give rise to 7 arch-framed lattice girders supported the glass roof, which was curved at the angles and was made up of wide overlapping layers of glass. A low clerestory sits at the ridge, crowned by thistle design brattishing. The internal gallery is reached by cast-iron stairs and features decorative iron balustrades. (Historic Scotland)

It was once the largest glasshouse in Scotland at 842 sq. m. £10,000 was contributed by the Reid family of the neighbouring Hyde Park Locomotive works for the construction of the Winter Gardens. The Reid's having paid for the construction of nearby Springburn Public Halls, on the agreement that Glasgow Corporation would build a winter garden in Springburn Park. The building was spot listed in May 1985, two days before Glasgow District Council was to consider its demolition application.

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