Tenement House

The National Trust for Scotland's Tenement House provides a rare glimpse into life in Glasgow in the early 20th century, in this faithfully restored four-room house!

Tenement House

About Tenement House

145 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow West End G3 6QN
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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.

Upcoming Events at Tenement House

Spirits of the Tenement

Spirits of the Tenement

25th October 2018
Are you brave enough to enter the close, climb the stairs and find yourself back in the company of late Victorian fortune tellers and mediums at Tenement House?
Halloween Late Tour and Pumpkin Carving

Halloween Late Tour and Pumpkin Carving

27th October 2018 - 28th October 2018
Gather under the flickering gas lights of the most unique Victorian tenement in the city and learn all about Glasgow's spooky past!
Special Christmas Opening

Special Christmas Opening

15th December 2018 - 16th December 2018
Visit Glasgow's most loved tenement during their special Christmas opening and see the house dressed for the holidays as it would have been in old Glasgow!

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