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The Tenement House, Glasgow

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The house at 145 Buccleuch Street was built in 1892 by speculative builders keen to monopolise on Glasgow’s swift industrial boom. Agnes Toward and her mother, Mrs Agnes Reid Toward, moved here in 1911. Her father, a commercial traveller in metals, died when Agnes was just three years old.

Miss Toward was a shorthand typist for a firm of shipping merchants and coal exporters called Prentice, Service & Henderson. She never married and worked on into her 70s –today she would be seen as an independent career woman. From her extensive archive, we see that she enjoyed taking holidays in Largs, baking, going to church and taking regular theatre trips to watch musicals.

Her mother was a dressmaker who also used the house as her business premises. You can still see her sign in the stair, with its proud boast of ‘no fitting required’. Mrs Toward passed away in 1939, and her daughter remained living there until 1965 when her failing health required her to move to long-term hospital care.

When Agnes died ten years later she left a set of chairs in her will to a church elder, Mr Sam Davidson. When he visited the house to collect them he brought with him his niece Anna, who was instantly struck by the need to preserve the house and its contents, and persuaded the owners to sell it to her. She lived there for seven years before selling it to the Trust in 1982.
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  • As a Trust member I was sure the Tenement house like Pollack house was open all year. I live in Fife so today I looked at the web site and saw it was open from 10,travelled to Glasgow popped into Tour...  more »
  • The Tenement House Glasgow Nothing like A Tenement house lived in by the poor. We wasted valuable time on our day in Glasgow at the end of a Highland Railway tour going to this travesty. When we were ...  more »
  • Enjoyable visit. Quite interesting to see how the tenement looked in the 50's/60's. The volunteers are very knowledgeable and friendly.  more »
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  • So interesting to see. Evoked some memories as I lived in a tenement myself. Less fancy though! It's so well preserved A tribute to the National Trust. The custodian was great, very well informed. A great couple of hours spent.
  • A great musuem. Incredibly helpful friendly and knowledgeable staff brought the place to life. Quite a lot of 'I remember this as a kid' Very worthwhile hour Went with our local hosts who hadn't been before but said they will definitely be back
  • This is a wonder trip back in time. Talk to the people now looking after this wonderful house and experience this woman's home and history. A MUST do.
  • Great to see tenement in near original state. Was great to see some features from this original tenement that were retained in the one I lived in.
  • Fascinating history of actual people who lived there, in depth knowledge from the guides who brought it all to life with all questions answered and more! Great experience - well worth the visit, Paul and Tracey
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