Streets of Glasgow: Molendinar Street

Molendinar Street: brick walls with varying shades of red, a blue arch to the left and a bottle of drink on top of a grey box.​
Molendinar Street: brick walls with varying shades of red, a blue arch to the left and a bottle of drink on top of a grey box.
Molendinar Street: railway arches to the right housing industrial premises, a traffic island with temporary buildings and offices and a church tower in the distance.​
Molendinar Street: railway arches to the right housing industrial premises, a traffic island with temporary buildings and offices and a church tower in the distance.

It might be useful at this point if I explain what a ‘burn’ is. Not an injury or a stinging remark but the Scots word for a stream. A watery stream not one’s online viewing. Unless one’s online viewing is streaming a stream. The Molendinar Burn runs underneath much of the east end of Glasgow, flowing into the Clyde near Glasgow Green. Spoutmouth, which adjoins Molendinar Street, is so-called because it was the site of a spout from which water could be sourced from the Molendinar Burn on a Sunday when the wells were closed. Today Molendinar Street is basically a set of railway arches with a car park between the street and the Gallowgate. Underneath the arches are a mixture of shops and carpet showrooms. Direct Flooring had a prominent sign saying that prospective customers should enter via Untouchables, which seems quite oblique if one hasn’t looked and seen there’s a business called Untouchables just next door. Unusually specific graffiti was on one shutter, McKay 2018, not so much a tag but a statement. The empty beer bottle next to the street sign was like a still life, albeit more urban than a bunch of grapes and a vase.

Thanks for reading. This is the ninety-third Streets of Glasgow post here on Walking Talking. Other nearby streets featured here include Spoutmouth, Bell Street and Gallowgate. Any suggestions for the 100th Streets post will be gratefully received.

The blog now goes on hiatus until Wednesday 11th August. Until next time, then, peace.

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