Plans are now underway to restore the Govan Road entrance of Elder Park to its former glory using best conservation practices and standards. At the same time, it is intended to improve the immediate public footways and also deliver the restoration of the K13 Memorial within the park itself.
What was once a handsome formal entrance to rival the other Victorian Parks found around Glasgow, the principal gateway to Elder Park is currently in poor condition. It is missing all but one fragment of the original wrought and cast iron gates, a number of finials from the flanking railings, and its original cast iron lamp stands and lanterns. The six large octagonal sandstone pillars (the central two of which were surmounted by decorative octagonal gas lamps) are in varying condition, being covered in algae and moss, partially coated in cement, cracked in places where integral ironwork has expanded, off-plumb, and with missing areas of the intricate carved detail. The granite-built K13 memorial has been badly displaced on its base, some panels are loosening, and the water supply to the drinking basins no longer functions.
The repair works will include stone repair and the re-instatement of the missing cast iron gates, fence details and the two standard lamps that once illuminated the park entranceway. The K13 Memorial will be carefully dismantled and rebuilt. Reclaimed setts will be laid to enhance the walking surface upon entry to the park.
In tandem with the repair works, a community project called “Mrs Elder’s Glorious Gift” is being offered in association with the Friends of Elder Park to enable local residents and enthusiasts to engage in the restoration process, experience traditional materials and methodologies and to discover and share more about fabulous Elder Park – its heritage and its future uses. You can find out more in our Get Involved pages and we’ll be posting more information about the repair works here and on the Friends of Elder Park website as the project progresses over the coming year.
The restoration of Elder Park’s Govan Road Entrance & the K13 Memorial as well as the Mrs Elder’s Glorious Gift project is being delivered as part of Govan Cross Townscape Heritage Initiative in collaboration with Glasgow Building Preservation Trust with funding from Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and Glasgow City Council.
Estimated Cost: £110,000
Timescale: Estimated start by October 20 and completion by May 2021
Funders: Glasgow City Council, Heritage Lottery Fund, Historic Environment Scotland,
Project Team: Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, Fiona Sinclair Architect, Industrial Heritage Consulting Ltd, Glasgow City Council Neighbourhoods & Sustainability, Chani Bond (Heritage Engagement Officer).