Gallus Glasgow E: St Enoch

St Enoch's Station c1890-1900. By Photochrom Print Collection [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
St Enoch’s Station Hotel c1890-1900. By Photochrom Print Collection [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Glasgow used to have four railway stations in the centre of the city; now it only has two. St Enoch’s is one that got away – it functioned between 1876 and 1966, though the hotel was not demolished till 1977. On the site today stands a modern glass shopping mall. Progress? Glasgow has lost many similarly splendid buildings to the developers over the years, though the other side of St Enoch Square has fared better. The Royal Bank of Scotland, for example, is adorned by early 20th century statues of Prudence and Adventure, and the red sandstone building in the middle of the square is the former ticket hall of the St Enoch subway station. It’s now a branch of a well-known chain of coffee shops.

So, St Enoch – are you wondering who HE might be? Wrong! St Enoch is a corruption of St Teneu (or Thenew), a 6th-century princess who was the mother of St Kentigern (aka Mungo – confused yet?) St Enoch Square allegedly marks the site of a medieval chapel dedicated to Thenew, built on or near her grave. As for Mungo, we’ll be meeting him again – he founded Glasgow. Gallus!

Tomorrow, F takes us even further back in time – millions of years.


40 thoughts on “Gallus Glasgow E: St Enoch

  1. Heyjude April 6, 2015 / 12:04

    What a magnificent building that was! Oh,the town planners of the 1960s/70s have a lot to answer for.


    • Anabel Marsh April 6, 2015 / 12:26

      They do. We still have some wonderful buildings, but much was torn down n the 60s to build the M8.


  2. jazzfeathers April 6, 2015 / 12:37

    That is such a shame! It was a beautiful historical building, I can’t imagine why it would be ripped down 😦


    • Anabel Marsh April 6, 2015 / 12:59

      I know! It was gone before we moved to Glasgow so I never saw it myself. They are a bit more sensitive now but bad planning decisions still get made (as in E post!)


  3. Sarah Ferguson April 6, 2015 / 14:55

    I am always struck by the corruptions of names – it is like a game of telephone that got really, really out-of-hand!


  4. Alex Hurst April 6, 2015 / 15:43

    Neato! A princess! 😀 I want to learn more about her. Those buildings are beautiful. Stunning, really. It would be a shame to ever lose them!

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    A-Z Blogging in April Participant


    • Anabel Marsh April 6, 2015 / 16:53

      We still lose things we shouldn’t, and there’s a great site called Derelict Glasgow that documents them, but fortunately not as fast as before.

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  5. Nadine April 6, 2015 / 16:54

    It’s so sad when fantastic old buildings are torn down. That was one gorgeous building.


  6. Birgit April 6, 2015 / 19:10

    Oh how it bugs me so when beautiful buildings are destroyed for something far less appealing. We see this in our country all the time and it is sad and angersome. I have to admit that when I read “Mungo” I thought of the film “Blazing Saddles”. You know, the guy who punches the horse?:)


    • Anabel Marsh April 6, 2015 / 19:46

      It’s too long since I’ve seen Blazing Saddles to remember! Agree about the buildings, it seems to happen everywhere.


  7. jeremyh05251977 April 6, 2015 / 19:25

    You are on my list to check if you are being part of the A to Z Challenge.

    THANK YOU for being up to the letter “E”…
    Jeremy [Retro]
    AtoZ Challenge Co-Host [2015]

    There’s no earthly way of knowing.
    Which direction we are going!

    Come Visit: You know you want to know if me or Hollywood… is Nuts?


    • Anabel Marsh April 6, 2015 / 21:25

      Thank you! As well as Central and Queen Street there used to be St Enoch’s and Buchanan Street. Four does seem a lot!


  8. La Sabrosona April 6, 2015 / 23:06

    Everyone is commenting on the architecture so I’m going to ask you who you think is “pure gallus”?


  9. johnmarkmiller April 7, 2015 / 02:19

    How fascinating that St. Enoch was a girl! This is a fun fact!


  10. Sue Archer April 7, 2015 / 02:21

    Enoch is a 6th century princess? Wonderful! Not so wonderful that the buildings are being torn down there. I find modern architecture is so ugly compared to what we used to build!


    • Anabel Marsh April 7, 2015 / 06:30

      There are some good new buildings, but many are awful. Unfortunately, the busiest period for tearing down / replacing was the 60s / 70s but many of those buildings are now going too. They are less lamented!

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      • Sue Archer April 7, 2015 / 13:10

        Ha ha, I’ll bet! A terrible time period for architecture!


  11. Silvia Writes April 7, 2015 / 03:44

    What an absolutely beautiful place, the majestic building, the surroundings, and of course, the history behind it. I would have never known the meaning behind the name, and you made it so interesting, Anabel. Well done.


  12. Kristine April 7, 2015 / 05:34

    Hi Anabel! I have always been fascinated by the places I see when I travel and with this A-Z challenge I dont even have to go to places physically to enjoy scenic views. You got pretty photos here and makes me want to travel again soon! Thanks for sharing this!


    • Anabel Marsh April 7, 2015 / 06:32

      Thanks Kristine – glad you’re enjoying your armchair travel!


  13. Rhonda Albom April 7, 2015 / 11:25

    To answer your question at the end, yes, I am confused. However, I did enjoy the photos.


  14. Lori L MacLaughlin April 7, 2015 / 13:31

    I can’t imagine what they were thinking to have torn down such a lovely building. The older buildings have so much more character than the newer ones. Love the sandstone one. It’s almost like a miniature castle. That’s really interesting about St. Enoch, though how that name came from Thenew I couldn’t guess. Definitely confusing.


    • Anabel Marsh April 7, 2015 / 13:38

      I think my A to Z is in danger of becoming a rant about all the lost buildings of Glasgow!

      I wonder how Thenew was pronounced in whatever language she spoke? If it was quite guttural it could explain some of the transition.

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  15. Christy@SweetandSavoring April 7, 2015 / 14:33

    Oh, it’s such a shame when beautiful historic buildings are torn down to make way for ‘modern development’ and such. Reminds me of the awful Penn Station in NYC- it used to be gorgeous, like Grand Central is, and now it’s an abysmal underground place with no natural light and no aesthetic appeal.
    It’s always funny to see the juxtaposition of modern buildings next to old ones, though!


    • Anabel Marsh April 7, 2015 / 14:50

      Criminal damage!

      Sometimes new and old work together, sometimes not. In general I think architects and builders are becoming more sensitive to the surrounding area.


  16. clicksclan April 7, 2015 / 19:23

    I had a funny feeling this post would be about St. Enoch. I did not know the name came from a woman. 🙂

    Cait @ Click’s Clan


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