Glasgow photographer recreates South Side pubs using old photographs and drawings


A GLASGOW photographer was ‘inundated with requests’ after recreating three popular Glasgow pubs using old photos and hand drawings.

Crafty Katy Bridgestock has created miniature versions of pubs popular with Glasgowians south of the river. She also reproduced the old Clyde Street graphic house to restore it to its former glory.

Graphical House in its former glory as recreated by Glasgow photographer Katy Bridgestock

The Laurieston on Bridge Street as well as Allison Arms and MJ Heraghty on Pollokshaws Road were all handmade from scratch. Every detail of Southside’s legendary pubs has been painstakingly copied, even down to the burglar alarms.

Katy decided to model the iconic ads during the lockdown when she had plenty of free time. She realized that she missed her local water points and thought recreating them would be a great way to remember happier times.

Glasgow Times: The Laurieston on Bridge Street recreated by photographer Katy BridgestockThe Laurieston on Bridge Street recreated by photographer Katy Bridgestock

Katy said: “I had planned a photo shoot in the back room of the Laurieston in March, but due to the lockdown it could not take place. I bought some plastic people and decided to make it from old photographs I had.

“The project has really supported me over the past few months. Working from home was really difficult. This project has brought me so much joy this year.

She has now been inundated with requests for prints and replicas from other pubs across Glasgow. Katy is also in the process of setting up an online store for her latest designs that she hopes to have up and running early next week.

Katy plans to add to her collection of well-known Glasgow buildings and welcomes suggestions on what to create next.

Readers can see more of Katy’s creations on her Facebook and Instagram profiles, both named Katy Bridgestock Photography.

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