A review of The Pines by Nigel waddell written on Tuesday 25th of May 2010
Hi,my name is Nigel Waddell and i spent the first 15 years of my life living at the pines and although i have not passed through its front doors for 41 years i still feel deeply about the old house.My father was Dr Robert Waddell and he bought the house just around the end of World War 2 from the Lobnitz family who initially lived in Ross Hall then moved to The Pines then moved to Chapelton House in Ayrshire.At this point my father bought the house.My mother used to tell me in great detail about life there in the early days when Crookston Road was a narrow single track road with a wooden bridge over the River Cart and the house was surrounded with countryside as no housing development took place until later years.My sister Ann and I had a happy childhood there.On Sunday mornings the only traffic on Crookston Road was the odd bus and a car or two every so often, it was very quiet,not like today.The Pines was the Dower House for Ross Hall and was probably built in the late part of the nineteenth century as Ross Hall was built in the 1870`s.For years I`ve been meaning to do some detailed research on the house as to when it was built and who were the first occupants even although I know it was a wealthy businessman Mr Cowan who built Ross Hall. He was a man of influence in the area, hence Cowan Park in Barrhead etc. However, my father died in February 1969 and we left that same year in July moving to Pollokshields.I could write a great deal more about these days and if there is anyone around who is interested I will! I have often fancied nipping in for a pint but it might feel strange walking into the hall where patients used to pass through on a Tuesday afternoon where my dad had his surgery one day a week. Are there any old timers out their who remember my dad or even remember me!.
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Map showing The Pines on Crookston Road