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What to See in South of the Clyde Neighborhoods?

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What to See in South of the Clyde Neighborhoods?

To celebrate my DH's 60th birthday, we're off to explore a bit of his Scottish heritage, particulary in Glasgow where there have been relations on both sides of his family. He's found some decent records online like a few censuses that have given us addresses from all over the city from about the 1920s and earlier. Two neighborhoods that are mentioned are Govan and Hutchesontown. We believe that the addresses listed are no longer there, but we'd like to have a look around the areas. What should we go see, particularly that might be throwback to about 100 years ago? We'd take the subway or bus (staying at the Menzies). Thanks, see you in a week!

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1. Re: What to See in South of the Clyde Neighborhoods?

Govan was previously a major shipbuilding area and parts haven't changed much and are a bit run down.

You can get the subway from St.Enoch Sq to Govan.

You may also be interested in the Riverside Museum of Transport which is directly across the Clyde and has an old Glasgow street display.

There may be a small ferry operating across the river or get the subway to Partick and walk.

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2. Re: What to See in South of the Clyde Neighborhoods?

www.nts.org.uk/property/tenement-house/ The tenement house museum on Buccleuch Street could be what you're looking for.

On the southside it's also probably worth visiting Pollock House and The Burrell Collection. Aswell as a tour of Ibrox Stadium.

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These pages may be of interest to you

mitchelllibrary.org/virtualmitchell/…

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4. Re: What to See in South of the Clyde Neighborhoods?

I think a lot of Hutchesontown has gone but you could combine with a visit to The Peoples Palace on Glasgow Green.

This is a quirky museum on Glasgow's history.

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5. Re: What to See in South of the Clyde Neighborhoods?

A little bit out of the city, and a little bit further back in time, you may be interested in New Lanark. http://www.newlanark.org/

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6. Re: What to See in South of the Clyde Neighborhoods?

As said Hutchestown is virtually rebuilt with modern housing and would be unrecognisable even to your Father.

Govan still has Tenements but again has been remodelled virtually beyond recognition, the Pearce Institute building would be all that he would recognise.

Carefully around Govan, it's a wee bit rough, don't just stick out to much like tourists!

If you give us the particular Streets we can tell you if they are still there or if they have changed much.

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7. Re: What to See in South of the Clyde Neighborhoods?

It's probably fair to say much of Hutchesontown has gone through two redevelopments since the 1920s - in the 60s parts of it were redeveloped with high rise public housing (perhaps similar to what Americans might describe as "projects"). Subsequently, over the last 10-15 years much of this often substandard housing has been replaced by lower rise flats etc, so as madscotsman says it will have changed beyond all recognition since the 1920s! As mentioned its an easy walk across the bridge from Glasgow Green, where the people's palace would be a relevant and interesting visit.

Govan still has some pre-1920s tenements in some areas, but many probably aren't in great states of repair and the area is to some extent run down and not really a tourist area. Generally pre-1920s tenements are very common in large areas of Glasgow such as the W End and large parts of the Southside like Shawlands and surrounds, so they can be seen in these areas too, or visit the tenement museum mentioned earlier.

The only other attraction I can think of in Govan is Govan Old Parish church. Unfortunately afaik the ferry mentioned earlier stopped operating this year, but there are still river cruises yo might like operating between the city centre and braehead that provide a good view of Govan shipyard etc and the continuing industrial heritage along the river (more interesting than scenic imo). clydecruises.com/clydecruises/…

To visit Govan itself you could take the subway, or maybe get someone to take you to the places you want in a cab.

As well as New Lanark, if you're interested in industrial heritage you might like Summerlee Museum of Industrial Life in Coatbridge (about 20 mins by frequent train from Glasgow city centre).

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8. Re: What to See in South of the Clyde Neighborhoods?

Another way to view the Clyde and see redevelopment that has gone on along its banks is a day trip on the PS Waverley, last sea going paddle steamer in the world.

waverleyexcursions.co.uk/plan-your-trip/…

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9. Re: What to See in South of the Clyde Neighborhoods?

Actually the Tenements in Govan are of a good standard having been updated to modern standards with Double Glazing etc.

You could include Govan as part of the Subway Explorer Tour.

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10. Re: What to See in South of the Clyde Neighborhoods?

Thank you all for your very informative replies! You confirmed what we thought about the redevelopment in these areas, but you had great ideas about alternatives, particularly the Tenement Museum. And the Virtual Mitchell site is brilliant! We didn't find an exact address, but photos of some of the streets were, and it's easy to see why DH's forebears decided to emigrate to North America. I think we will take a quick peek at Govan, but concentrate our exploration on the north side of the river. Wherever we go, we're so looking forward to seeing Glasgow, thanks!