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    Building Eldon Street Tenements [Pictures from plans to completion]

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    Over 100 photos were taken of this innovative scheme. A traction engine pulling a trailer carried the preformed slabs from Cobbs Quarry on St. Domingo road to the site. They were made using clinker from a refuse destructor and was masterminded by John Alexander Brodie.
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    any idea of the name of the pub, on the opposite corner to the "Glasshouse"?? (pic' no' 8)

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    No sorry Steve, it's not even in A pub on every corner by Freddy O'Connor.
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    So, the mystery continues

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    I've got to go to the LRO sometime in next week or so. Will see if I can find out, I've made a note in my history notebook
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    Quote Originally Posted by quincyg View Post
    I've got to go to the LRO sometime in next week or so. Will see if I can find out, I've made a note in my history notebook
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    The 1906 map does not list the building as PH Public house. It is all on the map and the glass house is listed as PH. opposite over Vauxhall road is a huge Gasworks, so maybe named after these?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spike View Post
    The 1906 map does not list the building as PH Public house. It is all on the map and the glass house is listed as PH. opposite over Vauxhall road is a huge Gasworks, so maybe named after these?
    All I can say is, it's definitely a pub,as there are ad's for Kensington mild, etc, on the side of the place.It's on the same side of Vauxhall as the "Glasshouse",

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    Hi Steve
    didn't have long in LRO today, but I did have a quick shufty at the 1901 Gores directory.

    198 Vaughall Rd (Glasshouse) Mary O'Connor -Licenced Victualler
    196 Vauxhall Rd on t'other side of Eldon St... Patrick O'Brien -shopkeeper.

    sorry hun, not a pub unless it was in the 19th century? if you can give me a rough year or decade of when you think it was pub let me know and I'll have another look.
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    When were Eldon St tenements demolished?
    Any idea why they never built any more when they were half the cost to build?

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    Quote Originally Posted by quincyg View Post
    Hi Steve
    didn't have long in LRO today, but I did have a quick shufty at the 1901 Gores directory.

    198 Vaughall Rd (Glasshouse) Mary O'Connor -Licenced Victualler
    196 Vauxhall Rd on t'other side of Eldon St... Patrick O'Brien -shopkeeper.

    sorry hun, not a pub unless it was in the 19th century? if you can give me a rough year or decade of when you think it was pub let me know and I'll have another look.
    Hi Quincy,
    thanks for your time and effort,but looking at the same pic' attached,you must agree it looks like a pub,and, advertising ???bitter beers,and Kensington mild on the side? No idea of the date this was taken, but must be another year surely !?

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    Deffo looks like a pub to me too.

    Here's more on the flats here, demolished in the 1960s for Our Lady's school.

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    More about 'bad' prefab housing of this ilk here:

    http://www.sw-norrisgreen.co.uk/decline.htm


    It is known that Brodie's prefab houses were exhibited at a sort of forerunner to an ideal homes exhibtion at Letchworth.

    Some more info here, Atterbury came later WW.

    John Alexander Brodie - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


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    The tenements were completed in 1905 and as the concrete is still 'white' presumably the pic was taken around that time. The sign on the pub reads 'BURTON Bitter Beers' ? maybe a Marston's pub?

    In 1901 my great grandmother Margaret O'Connor was licensee of the 'Glasshouse', while my grandfather and his siblings worked as bar staff.
    (Perhaps Ged will remember getting info for me a couple of years back regarding the GH and the Greyhound in Hatton Garden).
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    Ah yes anonymouse now you mention it.

    It's a good bet the photo is from around the time the flats were finished, I know a photo exists of the first family moved in etc, it's in my 2nd book along with a number of other photos of the construction. This is the reason the city engineers dept took the photos, to show their development and finished state.
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    I'll have a proper look at a few years when I go back to LRO next week. will see if there's a pubs list anywhere as the directory only gives address and person living there.
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    Here`s the Glass House yesterday. It looks like nothings changed from the black and white photo days. I thought it was closed down from a distance but it wasn`t. There are some more Vauxhall pubs taken yesterday
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregs dad View Post

    Here`s the Glass House yesterday. It looks like nothings changed from the black and white photo days. I thought it was closed down from a distance but it wasn`t. There are some more Vauxhall pubs taken yesterday
    on my flickr site.
    That bloke is leaning to much against the wall...the pub is lopsided.

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    WOW! Definitely needs a facelift that pub.. a little paint maybe? Ya think the owners would do a fixer..I would be a little worried on sitting inside there myself.. wondering what lurks about ... Is it as bad in the inside as outside?

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    Quote Originally Posted by George View Post
    That bloke is leaning to much against the wall...the pub is lopsided.
    Hello George and Quincy

    George, isn't the bloke just leaning forward toward the wall to light a ciggie, which kind of gives a twist to the perspective on the building? I wasn't there, of course, but that's the conclusion I've come to just seeing the photo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregs dad View Post

    Here`s the Glass House yesterday. It looks like nothings changed from the black and white photo days. I thought it was closed down from a distance but it wasn`t. There are some more Vauxhall pubs taken yesterday
    on my flickr site.
    That looks a bit like Tony McGann, checking the walls are up to scratch! When did the shop next door get demolished?

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    Hiya Steve, it does look like MrMcGann of Eldonian village fame. George is the landlord of the Glasshouse and despite its delapidated looking state outside, he still counts on some loyal regulars, my pa in law sometimes drinks in there, we used to live the top of Burly but preferrred Mrs Macks (the rising sun)

    There has been no shop attached to the pub in all the time iv'e known it though Steve and maybe you're getting mixed up with the next block across from where the Aldi used to be. There's Jimmy's chippy on the corner, Marshalls newsagents then the bookies which was formerly the Black Dog pub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ged View Post
    Hiya Steve, it does look like MrMcGann of Eldonian village fame. George is the landlord of the Glasshouse and despite its delapidated looking state outside, he still counts on some loyal regulars, my pa in law sometimes drinks in there, we used to live the top of Burly but preferrred Mrs Macks (the rising sun)

    There has been no shop attached to the pub in all the time iv'e known it though Steve and maybe you're getting mixed up with the next block across from where the Aldi used to be. There's Jimmy's chippy on the corner, Marshalls newsagents then the bookies which was formerly the Black Dog pub.
    Hi Ged,
    yeh,your right,I'm thinking the paper shop was attached! I should know better as I lived round the corner,not that long ago,but there again, things seem to change so quickly, over the last couple of years!

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    This pic was taken about two years ago (well half of it was) and that car was there then!! Does it ever move?
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    This pic was taken about two years ago (well half of it was) and that car was there then!! Does it ever move?
    excellent...

    shame that car's there, it spoils the pic a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by anonymouse View Post
    This pic was taken about two years ago (well half of it was) and that car was there then!! Does it ever move?
    It moved when I took a photo last year

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    ! great pic

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