My husband and I visited the Tenement House on a recent visit to Glasgow. This property is a time capsule giving visitors a picture of how 19th & early 20th century city dwellers lived. Most tenement houses from this period have been demolished or refurbished to modern standards but 145 Buccleuch Street remains how it was.
This was the home of Mrs. Toward, a widowed dressmaker, from 1911. She moved there from nearby Renfrew Street with her daugher, Agnes, and conducted her business from home. A brass plaque reading 'Mrs. Toward, dressmaking, no fitting required' remains to this day. The young Agnes was employed as a shorthand typist with Prentice, Service & Henderson from 1914 until her retirement in 1959. Luckily for us, Agnes Toward was a hoarder.
The tenement house is surprisingly roomy. Every nook and cranny is utilised with recesses housing spare beds, sewing machines, pots and pans, and everything required for day to day living. Miss Toward kept all her bills, her receipts, letters, birthday cards, her childhood dolls, photographs, shopping lists, & every conceivable piece of 20th century memorabilia. These are all on display for visitors to inspect.
This gem of a property was acquired by the National Trust of Scotland in 1982 complete with all its contents. Restoration work was carried out so that it could be opened to the public the following year. A ground floor flat was purchased for use as a reception area and this also houses an exhibition on tenement living and some of Miss Toward's papers. A model shows how tenements were enlarged and updated to suit modern requirements.
English National Trust members are allowed free access to The Tenement House on production of their membership passes. The two of us thoroughly recommend a visit here but do allow yourself plenty of time because you will want to linger. The hop on hop off tour bus will allow you to disembark at an appropriate point in Sauchiehall Street.
PLEASE NOTE that Garnet Street is unbelievably steep so do not access Buccleuch Street from here unless you are an experienced mountaineer or very young and fit.
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