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The Gartocher Bar.

1618 Shettleston Road, Shettleston, Glasgow. G32 9AN.Tel: 01417781102.



The Gartocher Bar. 1991.

The Gartocher was built in 1937 by architect William Ross for publican William Ralston. The exterior was faced with brick and had two large art deco stained glass windows.

This was the site of old Barrowman's pub, but the original building was pulled down in 1937. Owner William Ralston took over the pub in April 1927. As time went on he saw the need to reconstruct the premises, when the City Council decided to widen Shettleston Road the old pub was in the way. Ralston then thought this was the perfect time to enlarge the pub. It was set back 5 feet to increase the area from 670 square feet to 1939 square feet by taking in the gardens and disused stable premises at the rear. The new pub would have ladies toilets installed for the first time and meals would be available.

William was 38 years of age then and had financial interest in another pub in West Nile Street, Glasgow.

Shortly after I took some photographs of the Gartocher, August 2005, the pub closed it's doors, steel window and door guards now protect the property which is under threat from vandalism.

It opened shorty afterwards and is still in business today. 2007.

Gartocher sign

Gartocher Bar. 2006.

Gartocher sign1

Gartocher 2006


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