Aye they have pulled mah building doon !!
|Fairbairn Street ran west
to east from 231 Dalmarnock Road to 262 Baltic Street it was formerly
called Harvie Street, named after contractor Douglas Harvie.
Fairbairn Street tenements were demolished in the early 1970's and
replaced with modern housing which opened c1978 and renamed, Fairbairn
|Both sides of Fairbairn Street had three-storey high tenements.
Entering from Dalmarnock Road there was a pend at No.5 on the north
side and Dalmarnock Congregational Church Hall at No.18 on the south
side. Along from the church at No.11 was a wee sweet shop called
Hobbs. At the Baltic Street end of the street on the south side
the last close number was No.74, a corner close, which had on either
side a newsagent and a dairy. Upstairs on the first, second and third
landings were two houses per landing.
the 1960s the newsagent at No.76 was owned by the Chalmers family and
the Dairy at No.72 was known as Rinn's dairy.
My family moved from our
single-end around the corner at 202 Baltic Street to two-up at close
No.74 Fairbairn Street and being a corner close we had windows in both
Fairbairn Street and Baltic Street. The house was a three apartment, a
bedroom for my sister and a bedroom for myself, both of us at primary
school and the living room with bed recess for my parents. The living
room had a coal fire as well as the bed recess sleeping area for my
parents, also had a sink at the window where we all washed, a small
laminate folding table where we ate and a small scullery cupboard which
housed the cooker. The flat had a large lobby which had an inside
toilet and a cupboard for storing the coal.
The 3 shops in the then named Harvie Street, PO directories show owners as:
shop at No.76 owned by Wm.Friock, 1905-1910
shop at No.72 owned by Mrs.Fyfe , 1905-1910
shop at No.11 owned by A.Gray, 1906-1910
Fairbairn Street tenements were demolished in the early 1970s ,
new housing built and renamed Fairbairn Path c1978.
Fairbairn Path at the junction of Baltic Street.
The first house on the left was where no.74 Fairbairn Street was ( the
close between 2 shops )
This is where I lived. There is a plaque on the wall of this house (
no mention of me)
Extract from E-mail April 2002, Margaret McGuckion,
"Great web site - brings back
memories. I left Fairbairn St. when I was 4 yrs old (1952ish)... we lived
in the last close before Baltic St. across from the two wee shops. My Dad worked
at the Leatherworks at that time.......I have spent the last 3.5 HOURS checking
it this website and reading all the entries and photos! Keep it