Saturday 19 November 2011

Church and School Going To Ruin

I am often in despair when I look around my local area and see lovely buildings boarded up and almost derelict.  These are prime examples. 

This is the former Clune Park School in Port Glasgow and while it may not be the prettiest building in the world, it has a couple of interesting features.  It was still a working school until 2008.  The school and the derelict church next to it - Clune Park Church - are part of a "regeneration strategy" which will take place some time in the future.

In the meantime, I wanted to get some photos of the buildings before anything happened to the interesting features.

Victoria and Albert don't look too pleased with their present predicament!

This is from the town crest - the Latin reads -

            Ter et Quater anno Revisens Aequor Atlanticum Impune

which translated is -

            three and four times a year revisiting the Atlantic with impunity

Its a bold and noble motto going back to better times in Port Glasgow's history and refers to the trans-Atlantic timber trade between here and Quebec.  This timber was used in the great shipyards which lined the River Clyde at Port Glasgow and Greenock.

Hope that something good is done with thes buildings before they are completely ruined.  I sometimes think that we (actually I mean the local council) are far too careless with our local heritage and need to literally and figuratively stop the rot!  (Sorry for the rant!) 

If you want to see another local example of a lovely building being allowed to lie derelict go to this post.

Love, Liz


Rachael said...

This is what parts of Detroit are like, but you get rows and rows of them then you'll get a perfectly cared for home in the middle - it's really eerie. I have a post lined up about the former train station - it's such a gorgeous building yet its been derelict since 1988 but it really could be something if people stop arguing over who owned it and what it's purpose could be.

VintageVicki said...

I hate seeing buildings like that left to rot :( I hope when things are regenerated they get some love and attention on them rather than demolishing.

Love Victoria & Albert - such a cheerful pair ;)

Mum said...

What a shame to let such a building go to rack and ruin.

Love from Mum

Deborah said...

I love old buildings, I hate it when they decide to knock down an old building to put up something new and ugly when the old building could be renovated. It may cost more to renovate but we are saving our past.

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Celestial Charms said...

What a beautiful structure. Sure hope things get turned around, and then we can see the before/after photos. :)

Kylie said...

Rant away Liz. It's criminal that this is allowed to happen, the same thing happens here and I despair about it too.

blackenpot said...

It's such a shame when old buildings like these are left to fall apart. Beautiful details which will never come back.

Thank you for sharing.

Lakota [Faith Hope and Charity Shopping] said...

It's such a shame that the same thing seems to be happening all over, and yet more and more hideous blocks of flats etc are put up willy-nilly, regardless of how out of keeping they might be with an area. It's infuriating. Great pictures of Victoria and Albert, distinctly unamused!

Scarlett said...

What a shame! These are lovely buildings and such a waste to leave them like this :o(. Scarlett x

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

What a shame! I hate when towns let their old buildings intentionally fall into ruin. You can never get that kind of architecture back once it has all been lost. Good for you in documenting the lovely school and church in your city. Hopefully, something can be done to renovate them before it's too late.


Nicole Needles said...

I do think that sometimes buildings like these are intentionally left to fall into disrepair so that a greedy developer can get them ruled unsafe, and put up cheap flats instead. (I'm not always this paranoid) Good for you on speaking out.

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