K8 telephone kiosks, Erskine Bridge, Renfrewshire

Pickles the dog at rare K8 kiosk

K8 telephone kiosks, nr Kilmartin Village – Bruce Martin, 1968 As promised a few months ago, I have found these wonderful examples of the very rare K8 telephone kiosk on the north side of the approach road to the Erskine Bridge in Renfrewshire; I’m fairly sure there are another two on the south side of […]

Weirs of Cathcart, Glasgow

Weir Pumps Cathcart

Weir Pumps Ltd, Cathcart works, 147-149 Newlands Road – (Offices and amenity block) Wylie, Shanks & Wylie – 1937 Weirs was founded in 1870 and moved to this site in 1886 where they manufactured pumps, boilers and other auxiliary equipment for ships. The factory began to manufacture aeroplanes in 1917 and Weir’s became the largest […]

Wills tobacco factory, Glasgow

Wills Factory Glasgow

Wills factory, Alexandra Parade, Glasgow – architect unknown – date 1940s? Crikey, I am surprised – I can’t find any info on who originally designed this Glasgow landmark, or when. As you can see in the photos, it’s been recently redeveloped into a business park. Admittedly I’ve been struggling to get my paws and claws around […]

Templeton’s Carpet Factory, Glasgow

Templeton Carpet Factory

Templeton’s Carpet Factory, Glasgow Green – William Leiper & George A Boswell (later extensions) – 1888-92 & 1928-37 OK, I know it isn’t all even 20th century, but this has to be one of the most stunning buildings in Glasgow. The factory was designed by William Leiper for the manufacture of Axminster carpets, and the Venetian style gothic block […]

Salkeld Street factory, Glasgow

salkeld st factory

Salkeld St. Factory, Glasgow – Probably James Miller – 1933 I believe this beauty of a building was originally built for Leyland Motor Co. You can see it on your left as you come into Glasgow Central Station by train. Also, I think that the concrete rendering on the columns around the entrance covers up some fancy faience […]

India of Inchinnan

India of Inchinnan

India of Inchinnan, Renfrewshire – 1929 – Thomas Wallis of Wallis, Gilbert and Partners Built on the site of a former airship construction station, where they built the R34 airship, which made the first ever transatlantic air crossing in both directions in 1919.  The new art deco factory site was opened in 1930 and India Tyre and […]

My last Botanic’s photo and rant

Pickles on Vinicombe Lane

  Vinicombe Lane – side/rear elevation of Botanic Gardens Garage. The current plans, about to be submitted to Glasgow City Council by Keppie Design, include the demolition of this rear part of this early 20th century Garage, which makes me very sad as it is an integral part of this important historic building. Now I’m […]

More Botanic Gardens Garage photos

Pickles outside botanics

Just a few more piccies for you whilst I decide what I really think about the plans for the redevelopment of the garage into flats… (see my last post for more info)    Am I howling in despair or pensive contemplation of the plans?     This one is my favourite.  I think this should […]

Botanic Gardens Garage, Glasgow

Pickles posing like Greyfriar's Bobby outside the Botanics Garage

Our first wordpress entry, and a bit of a test… Hello, This is our first time using WordPress, so we are going to be a bit experimental with our first posting. This blog will generally document our favourite pastime, which is taking pictures of me (Pickles) outside Art Deco and Modernist industrial buildings.  Having said […]

Honeywell building, Motherwell


(Yes, I have to admit it, uncool as it is sometimes I do have to be chained to my bitch for “safety” reasons – this time the motorway.) Motherwell – M8 – architect and date tbc…