149 Balgrayhill Road, Springburn, Glasgow. G21.
The Talisman. (Baron) 1991.
The Talisman was opened in 1966 by Scottish & Newcastle Breweries. This new venture consisted of a function room, a dining room, lounge bar, a public bar and an off sales.
In the lounge the Talisman theme was captured in a large mural by artist Charles Anderson. It showed knights in chain Armour, a horseback battle between a knight and a saracen, and an argosy under sail.
Facing Springburn Park this looked the part when it opened in 1966.
Interior view of the lounge bar with charge-hand Mary McGowan 1966.
The bar counter was an eye catching feature with its front of snow white bricks. On the same floor as the lounge was the function room and the dining room. It had a large dance floor made from Canadian maplewood, surrounding this was a blue patterned carpet.
Interior view of the Talisman. 1966.
Downstairs in the public bar was decorated in red and dark blue. The resident manager was Mr W McIntosh and assisted by his wife. Mr McIntosh was previously manager of the Provanmill Inn and formerly of the Central Bar, Tollcross and the Drum, Shettleston. Ruby Walsh was in charge of the lounge bar and Mary McGowan looked after the main bar, both ladies assisted Mr McIntosh in the Provanmill Inn.
Manager Mr McIntosh and his wife 1966.
Some of the Scottish Brewers executives at the opening… (from left) Mr J S Goulding, Glasgow and West of Scotland manager, Mr G Reed, director: Mr G W Younger, director, who opened the premises; and Mr J M Pratt, manager of managed houses department, Glasgow and West of Scotland. 1966.
The old Talisman in a poor state. If is ready for demolition, it has been set on fire and looks like a bomb has hit it. 2009.
The Talisman is still not demolished and is just a shell left of its former self.
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The Talisman was situated across the road from Springburn Park.
It was refurbished and given a new title The Baron. It went on fire and is currently in a poor state and about to be demolished.
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