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> Pleasures Of Tenement Life!
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*Guest Rab **
post 11th Dec 2008, 06:01pm
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Ian. Thanks for very interesting maps. To this day, one of the titles of the Prince of Wales is Baron Renfrew.

Re the 'hole in the wall' - it must have been a very difficult job making athat bed!.
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post 13th Dec 2008, 07:44pm
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Stuarty, that's just the best laugh ah've had in a long time. wub.gif

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post 13th Dec 2008, 11:54pm
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QUOTE (pumps100 @ 6th Dec 2008, 02:39pm) *
Rab,

Just a few days I was studying a map of Glasgow and districts. The Barony of Renfrew was very important - so much so that maps of that era only went 'south side' - Renfrew to Rutherglen. Timothy Pont maps are available here and you can zoom and stuff.

http://www.nls.uk/pont/specialist/pont33.html

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Interesting old map site,all hand donemaps
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post 27th Apr 2010, 08:23pm
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Memories of our tenement in the 1950's - I left when I was 5 so keep in mind that these are the memories of a wee lassie! My sisters and I were conceived in the hole in the wall bed .... enough said. We were all also delivered there by the midwife during latter part of the 1950's. I remember hearing the snap of the mousetraps at night and can remember my parents sitting close to the fire (also adjacent to the kitchen sink!) - We had a room and kitchen and shared toilet on the landing with the other neighbours.

One of our neighbours (I don't know his name) used to always burn a candle in the toilet 'to cover the smells' - whether his or everyone else's I have no idea! My Ma and Pa kept a chamber pot (the po') under the bed for us weans to use through the night - yeuck!

Now I seem to also recall that we had gas lighting in the close and in the street but cannot verify this. What we had more than ANYONE has today is a feeling of being loved and cared for by EVERYBODY. We had oor wee Granny ('wee annie) and auntie living above us but we called every female neighbour 'auntie'. They all looked out for us (good and bad sides to this!) and most of them moved with us in 1961. I still have a warm glow about dirty, smelly, auld Golspie Street. We lived near to the baths and steamie too, and there was a little park opposite them that I played in. rolleyes.gif
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post 6th Dec 2010, 02:08pm
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Awww I have fond memories of the tenaments. I was born in Hospital street in the Gorbals in my Grandas' hoose in the 50's. He lived in the flat in the close and he was the only one in the block to have an indoor toilet (no bathroom ). Everyone else upstairs had to share one old toilet on the landings.

My grandas' flat had a big square lobby, 3 bedrooms ( 2 which looked out over the street) and one kitchen that looked out over the back court and the middens (I can still smell that awful stench of rotting veg to this day)


There was a big wall at the back of the back court and the trains roared down there all day, and sometimes we'd sit up on the wall or on the top of the flat roof over the middens, and wave to the people on the train imagining they were rich people going off to somewhere exotic.

In the kitchen there was a tiny sink under the window, and a cooker on the same wall.

There was an open fire where my granda used to have his chair and he used to terrify us kids with stories of having to kill Rats with a game of poker as they came down the chimney *yikes* ..my father later said this was a figment of his fathers' imagination ..so I'm not sure.

There was an inset bed, with curtains that were drawn at night and that's where my granda slept.


The Lobby was wide enough to have a clothes pulley as well as room for my elder brother to bring his bike in every night when he got home from work.

More to follow....
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post 6th Dec 2010, 02:18pm
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My granny lived in the tenements in Kellas street in Govan opposite the playground with the witches hat ride in it... much to my delight. biggrin.gif

At the age of 4 until I was 6 due to my mothers' illness I was sent to live with my Granny & Grandad and auntie in Govan.


Her tiny flat was immaculately kept, but she only had one bedroom and a z-bed in a cupboard in the livingroom where I slept with my auntie Betty

Unlike my grandad tho' she did have a bathroom but she only had a little tiny kitchen no room for a big table like at my grandas' hoose in the gorbals.

She was on the first floor and she had a threepenny bit shaped lobby!

Her little livingroom had a coal fire and in the fireplace she had a brass coloured coal box, and that was my seat right next to my grandas'' chair.

I don't remember much about the back court, I'm not sure I was allowed out to play there very much, my granny liked to keep me clean, but even after I went back to live with my parents now living in the West End , we'd still come back regularly on the number 19 bus to visit my granny ..and I would always go straight out to play on the witches hat and the big shute in the park over the road.
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post 6th Dec 2010, 03:26pm
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For 5 years during my formative years I spent in in a very different tenement flat facing onto the on the boulevard on Great Western Road Anniesland. We lived in a big 4 bedroomed Red Sandstoned building next door to the Lord Provosts' flat.

Our lobby in this house was 15 feet long ( I remember this because I always dreamed of being a long jumper) but very narrow, and we had kitchen bathroom & bedrooms leading off of it. I remember my mother having a big gas fuelled copper boiler in the kitchen where she would boil the sheets, then put them through the great big heavy mangle attached to the wooden draining board, and then onto the pulley hanging above. My abiding memory of that flat was of washing for 6 people hanging on the pulley


Everyone in these flats thought they were a class above everyone else, (''all fur coat and no knickers my father would say) and as my mother was a Dundonian by birth she was quite happy being labelled as such by my East side born father whom she felt she had married beneath herself laugh.gif

We had a large brick built air raid shelter in the back court, and there was no gravel and filthy middens here, only a beautifully kept shared lawn and drying green, and everyone knew which day was theirs for putting their washing out to dry.

We also had a big high wall and over the wall lay a disused railway line that once carried coal to Milngavie just a few miles north of us.

My mother and the lady across the landing took weekly turns at washing the stairs on their hands & knees.

The bedrooms and livingroom in this house were large, light and airy, and to this day those beautifully made tenements stand proudly and very sought after by private property developers.

We moved into a semi detached from our tenement flat when I was a young teenager, but up until the regeneration of the Gorbals when my granda was moved out to Thornliebank, and my Granny's Kellas street home in Govan was demolished to make room for a factory..I continued to visit them.

Today several decades on, with my parents gone and me with my own family living in the south of England for many years in a very ordinary 3 bed semi..I would love the opportunity to own that Tenement that belongs in my memories, and to this day I still remember all 3 Tenement flats of my childhood with great affection.. smile.gif
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post 6th Dec 2010, 04:55pm
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post 6th Dec 2010, 05:01pm
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QUOTE (alybainfan @ 6th Dec 2010, 02:54pm) *
. . . There was an open fire where my granda used to have his chair and he used to terrify us kids with stories of having to kill Rats with a game of game of poker as they came down the chimney . . .



Ah knew Glesga rats were smart, but ah didnae know they were cardsharps. biggrin.gif


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post 6th Dec 2010, 05:03pm
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There's somethin gaun loony wi the "Add Reply" feature. For some reason it's duplicated the "game of" in the phrase "game of game of poker", and it disnae matter how often ah edit it, it stays the same? Whit's gaun oan?


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post 6th Dec 2010, 08:32pm
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I did try to edit it myself but it wouldn't let me. sad.gif
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post 6th Dec 2010, 08:39pm
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QUOTE (benny @ 6th Dec 2010, 05:49pm) *
There's somethin gaun loony wi the "Add Reply" feature. For some reason it's duplicated the "game of" in the phrase "game of game of game of poker", and it disnae matter how often ah edit it, it stays the same? Whit's gaun oan?


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post 7th Dec 2010, 08:48am
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I think I had that very same problem in some of my posts earlier this year !

After I typed in 'game' in a post, it always showed up as 'game of game of poker' !

I think THH might have come across that same problem !

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It's just bloody done it again !

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post 7th Dec 2010, 09:20am
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Morning all.We lived in a single end in Henderson St.I liked it ok when i was really young but not so much as i started to realise just how cramped we were. My grannie lived in a posh hoose a room and kitchen in Garscube Rd. Well it seemed posh to me then.
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post 7th Dec 2010, 10:06am
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The thing is I didn't write '' that particular phrase that begins with Game...I only wrote the word P o k e r, and it added ''game of'' and wouldn't let me edit it...there has to be a bug in this somewhere.. because everytime I write the word p o k e r it adds the word g a m e ohmy.gif
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