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December 15 2011

Linwood: In pictures
Urban Realm took a tour of 2011 Carbuncle winner Linwood alongside photographer Mark Seager.

This is what we found:
A lesser spotted flowering bread tree
A lesser spotted flowering bread tree
Carbuncle judges refused to sit on the fence, branding Linwood Scotland's most dismal town
Carbuncle judges refused to sit on the fence, branding Linwood Scotland's most dismal town

Ghost town: Tesco claim they will be on site within three weeks
Ghost town: Tesco claim they will be on site within three weeks
Pigeons are now the soul occupiers of upper levels
Pigeons are now the soul occupiers of upper levels

Renfrewshire Council have refused to maintain the site whilst Tesco prevaricate
Renfrewshire Council have refused to maintain the site whilst Tesco prevaricate
Residents must traverse a decaying mall to access Linwood's library, health centre and town hall
Residents must traverse a decaying mall to access Linwood's library, health centre and town hall

This church awaits divine intervention
This church awaits divine intervention
Vandals have broken off shutters to parts of the mall interior
Vandals have broken off shutters to parts of the mall interior

Who you gonna call?
Who you gonna call?

12 Comments

Ezekiel Spaniel
#1 Posted by Ezekiel Spaniel on 15 Dec 2011 at 16:50 PM
Linwood's splendour can only truly be appreciated during a blackout.
Ezekiel Spaniel
#2 Posted by Ezekiel Spaniel on 15 Dec 2011 at 17:40 PM
'This church awaits divine intervention'

No doubt about it.

I'd say thunderbolt...or maybe big jobby.
Ezekiel Spaniel
#3 Posted by Ezekiel Spaniel on 15 Dec 2011 at 17:57 PM
'Who you gonna call?'

Samaritans.
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#4 Posted by a on 16 Dec 2011 at 08:58 AM
nice... not unlike many towns in central scotland though
Frank Lloyd Wrong
#5 Posted by Frank Lloyd Wrong on 16 Dec 2011 at 10:45 AM
Great solution - Tesco on their way to save the another incredibly short sighted Scottish town.
Very little of Tesco's revenue goes back into the local community compared to that of local businesses. Skilled local tradesman & shopkeepers turned into a nation of shelf stackers and checkout assistants.
Linwood - Kiss goodbye to 60s brutalism.
Welcome to the sickly bland face of the 21st Century Scottish High Street. Tesco, Charity Shops & Bookies.
a missed opportunity
#6 Posted by a missed opportunity on 16 Dec 2011 at 11:07 AM
It might be a deliberate mis-spelling, but I think pigeons are the SOLE occupiers. Unless they are actually in some souls in Linwood as well....
Robert
#7 Posted by Robert on 16 Dec 2011 at 13:53 PM
Pigeons, plural, can hardly be sole occupiers.


robert fraser
#8 Posted by robert fraser on 16 Dec 2011 at 20:58 PM
i live in linwood , it is a bit of a pig stie but that is only the village , about 1/4 of linwood is rundown another 1/4 is under construction , the other half , is great with vibrant people , i think you should go to howwod road near johnstone , that is worse , gobsmacked..
robert fraser
#9 Posted by robert fraser on 16 Dec 2011 at 20:58 PM
i live in linwood , it is a bit of a pig stie but that is only the village , about 1/4 of linwood is rundown another 1/4 is under construction , the other half , is great with vibrant people , i think you should go to howwod road near johnstone , that is worse , gobsmacked..
Rupert J Bennett
#10 Posted by Rupert J Bennett on 19 Dec 2011 at 11:13 AM
Those quite beautiful pictures of uglyness
Stroma Thompson
#11 Posted by Stroma Thompson on 30 Dec 2011 at 02:27 AM
It's so sad to see what has become of Linwood town centre. I visited Linwood often in my childhood as my Grandfather lived there and we would take a walk and sit on the wall outside the Venture pub where I would have an Appletize. Hoping to see some real progress real soon.
Brian Woods
#12 Posted by Brian Woods on 9 Mar 2012 at 03:01 AM
I grew up in Linwood. I have been in Sydney for the last 20 years...you do the maths LOL

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