Greenock in old picture postcards volume 2

Greenock in old picture postcards volume 2

:   John F. Anderson
:   Inverclyde
:   United Kingdom
:   978-90-288-1527-8
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Fox Street.

1 9 Trees dominate Fox Street in this pre-First World War scene. A number of streets in Greenock are named in honour of famous statesmen because Sir Iohn Shaw Stewart was on friendly terms with many ofthe famous personalities who lived in the later years of the eighteenth century. Fox Street comes into this category as it was named after Charles ]amesFox (1749-1806). Fox entered Parliament at the age of 1 9. He held the following positions: Lord ofAdmiralty 1770-1772, Lord ofTreasury 17721774, Foreign Secretary 1782-1783. He wished ra abolish the slave trade, advocated Parliamentary reform and supported Canadian self-government. Fox

also defended the French Revolution and regarded the Fall of the Bastille as 'the greatest event that ever happened in the world' . He withdrew from politicallifein 1797.In 1802he travelled in the Netherlands and France where he met Napoleon. Charles ]ames Fox resumed his political care er in 1806 when he was appointed as Foreign Secretary and commenced peace negotiations with France. However, this was also the year in which he died. He was buried in Westminster Abbey.

Sandringham Terrace.

20 Ihis four-storey red sandstone terrace is the finest of its type in Greenock and is numbered 1-1 2 Esplanade. The terrace was built at the beginning of the twentieth century and it continues into 1 Fox Street on the right of this view. It also continues into 4-10 Margaret Street, which is out of sight on the left. Two very young children standing near the lamp-post are the sole figures in this scene and their small size is a marked contrast to the magnificent scale of the terrace. The trees shown here have been removed as has the lamp-

post. There is a noticeable absence of traffic in this tranquil scene.

Nelson Street.

21 This is a somewhat deserted view of Nelson Street. The brief message

on this card, which was posted in Greenock on 11 ]uly 1908, reads as follows: 'Fine street for cycling along.' The most prominent feature in this view is the tower of the former West Kirk. Nelson Street is named after Horatio Nelson (1758-1805). He was created a Baron in 1798 and Viscount in 180 1. Nelson was the son of a Norfolk clergyman and entered the N avy in 1 77 O. He took part in the occupation ofCorsica in 1774 losing an eye during the fighting. He was promoted Rear Admiral in 1797. Nelson trapped the French fleet at the Battle of the Nile in 1798 and succeeded in destroying it.

Five years later he became commander in the Mediterranean and blockaded Toulon for two years. N elson's final victory was at the Battle of Trafalgar which took pi ace on

21 October 1805 offthe south-west coast ofSpain. He was killed atTrafalgar by a French snip er as he stood on the quarterdeck ofVictory' . As a re sult of the victory atTrafalgar, Britairi's naval power was in an unchallenged position. Nelson was buried in St. Paul's Cathedral.

Union Street.

22 A boy in short trousers poses for the photographer while standing in the middle of Uni on Street. The entranee-poreh of St. John's Episeopal Chureh ean be seen on the right of this view. The entranee to the Watt Library is behind the lamp-post in the foreground.

Catheart Street.

23 A small group ofwelldressed ladies and gentlemen ean be seen walking along Catheart Street in this view from the early 1900s. Horse-drawn vehicles and tram-lines ean also be seen. The business on the right at 14 Catheart Street was Fleming's Warehouse, whieh was operated by

Mr. ]. Smith.

West Blackhall Street.

24 An open-topped motor car proceeds along West Blackhall Street in this view from the early decades ofthe twentieth century. A horse-drawn cart can be seen on the left while an open-topped tram is visible in the distance. In the course of time both the horse and the tram disappeared as a form of transport and the motor car achieved a dominant position.

Union Street.

25 This is a view looking towards St. George's Church in George Square. There are very few cars to be seen here compared ra the present day. The tower on the right is that of Ardgowan Parish Church.

N ewark Street.

26 This is a view of the mansions in Newark Street looking towards the Clyde in the first decade of the twentieth century. It can be seen that further housing development has not yet taken place in the foreground, where the tree occupies a dominant position.

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Finnart Street.

27 In this view there are contrasting architectural styles with the tenements on the left of the street while on the right villas can be seen. Two warnen can just be observed, one of wh om is pushing a pram. Ta their right two men stand beside a handcart. The absence of traffîc is a notable feature of this view.

ArgyIlshire Hills,

28 Two old worthies contemplate the magnificent scenery surrounding Greenock. Lyle Raad overlooking Gourock Bay was opened on 1 May 1880. From the top of Lyle Raad it is possible to see parts of the shires of Ayr, Argyll, Dunbarton, Lanark, Perth and Stirling. The eighteenth century English traveller Thomas Pennant described a view of Greenock in the following terms: 'The magnificence of the prospect from the hill behind the towns of Greenock and Port Glasgow and even from the quays of these towns, deserves notice.

Immediately before you is the River elyde, having all the appearance of a freshwater lake (as the outlet to the sea is not visible), with numbers oflarge and small vessels sailing up on it.' He

also referred to the distant view of the western range of the Grampian mountains, these being known locally as the Duke of Argyll's Bowling Green.

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