Gallus Glasgow G: Garnethill

GWL Garnethill Walk October 13. Photo credit Mardelle Ceaser
GWL Garnethill Walk October 2014. Photo credit Mardelle Ceaser

I have come to know Garnethill well in recent years – it’s the topic of one of Glasgow Women’s Library’s Women’s Heritage Walks on which I act as a tour guide. There we are above, looking gallus. It’s a mainly residential area near the city centre which got the first part of its name from Thomas Garnett (1766-1802) who built a house here. The views below explain the second part of the name quite well! There’s a hill in every direction.

Despite its relatively small size, Garnethill packs in a lot of history. The tour explores women’s lives via churches, hospitals, schools, a park, a synagogue, a museum (The Tenement House) and Mackintosh’s iconic Art School, shown bottom right after the fire damage of May 2014. The other pictures show gable-end public art from the late 70s, the Pocket Park, the birthplace of novelist Catherine Carswell and one of Shona Kinloch’s Chookie Burdies (look for the wee bird on the lamp-post).

There is a Storify for this walk with more pictures, and see also my friend Mardelle Ceaser’s blog about her experience as a tour participant. Several of the pictures in this post are hers (used with permission and credited in the captions.) However, this is just a flavour of the two hours of history on offer. If you’re in the Glasgow area, I recommend coming on any of GWL’s walks (not that I’m biased, of course!)

In H tomorrow, you might be able to get a pint to go with that curry you had in C.

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29 thoughts on “Gallus Glasgow G: Garnethill

  1. Nadine April 8, 2015 / 13:40

    This sounds like a fascinating tour! My great-great grandmother lived and died in Scotland (died at age 25, sadly), and I am always looking for ways to learn more about what her life might have been like.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 8, 2015 / 13:53

      Oh dear, that’s really young – how sad. I guide on several tours and there are tales of great hardship, as well as some uplifting ones.

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  2. KaTy Did April 8, 2015 / 16:11

    I must go! I never even thought of going on a tour. Now I think I will since I travel alone most of the time anyway. Very much enjoying your travels here.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 8, 2015 / 16:17

      We’ve been on walking tours in a few places – they’re a great way to learn about the place you are visiting. Glad you’re enjoying your tour of Glasgow!

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  3. jazzfeathers April 8, 2015 / 16:16

    Such a nice place. I love the photo with the ‘Street are’ 🙂

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  4. Heyjude April 8, 2015 / 17:50

    How cool to be a tour leader. I often think I would have been good at that sort of job. I love walking tours (well, good ones).

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    • Anabel Marsh April 8, 2015 / 22:46

      Ours are, of course, the very best….
      Doing one this weekend on the Necropolis, which is fascinating.

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  5. clicksclan April 8, 2015 / 18:38

    That looks like great fun. If you weren’t told those birds were on the lampposts you might never know they were there!

    We’ve got something similar along the side of one of the buildings on the island. As you walk along it shows birds building a nest, then the eggs, then then the baby birds. It’s a nice little touch to the building. 🙂

    Cait @ Click’s Clan

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  6. johnmarkmiller April 8, 2015 / 19:29

    “A hill in every direction”…sounds like a wonderful place to be!

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    • Anabel Marsh April 8, 2015 / 19:34

      A bit much when your subway stop is at one side of the hill and your destination at the other!

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  7. Birgit April 8, 2015 / 21:31

    You must be in great shape with all the walking you do and a fountain of wisdom since you invest so much into everything you see. It would be great to take one of these walks with you

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    • Anabel Marsh April 8, 2015 / 22:39

      Some dat, Birgit, some day! I don’t know about fountain of wisdom. Librarians don’t have to know much, but they need to know how to find out. I’m quite good at that!

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  8. Susan Kane April 8, 2015 / 22:32

    Glasgow is growing more and more to be future destination.

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  9. njmagas April 9, 2015 / 00:17

    That must be fun! Doing a guided tour of women’s history. We just got this app on our phones that will buzz if you’re walking near a place where women made history. Anywhere in the world. It’s really neat!

    N J Magas, author

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  10. Alex Hurst April 9, 2015 / 00:24

    Garnethill is absolutely gorgeous! I’d love to stroll around those old streets all day. What an inspiration.

    Alex Hurst, A Fantasy Author in Kyoto
    A-Z Blogging in April Participant

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  11. Donna April 9, 2015 / 02:56

    Beautiful buildings and how fun to be a tour guide. You can share your love and knowledge of an area and get exercise. I tend to turn into a tour guide whenever someone asks me what year my little branch library was built (1931) or something of that nature. It actually happens quite frequently which is nice. It’s refreshing that emphasis is put on woman’s history, I haven’t seen that in the United States very often.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 9, 2015 / 07:44

      It is fun and I have learned a lot. Women’s history is often hidden from sight but is there if you dig a bit. We have 5 different 2 hour walks and had no difficulty finding stuff to talk about.

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  12. Sue Archer April 9, 2015 / 03:01

    That’s great that you are a tour guide! I think it looks like a lovely area, and will be sure to take that tour if I ever make it your way. 🙂

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  13. clarabellerant April 9, 2015 / 09:33

    I love the building with the mosaic on the side. beautiful pictures!

    You can find me here:
    ClarabelleRant

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