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
01413330183
Tenement House Website
Follow TenementHouse11 on Twitter
Facebook information can be found here

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

Related Links

Culzean Castle and Country Park

Culzean Castle and Country Park

Packed to the turrets with antique furniture and furnishings, artworks, porcelain and other fascinating period objects, Culzean Castle is a superb example...
Geilston Garden

Geilston Garden

A delightful garden, typical of the small country estates on the banks of the Clyde purchased by merchants and industrialists in the 18th and 19th centuries...
Greenbank House and Garden

Greenbank House and Garden

Set immaculately in the grounds of a Grade-A listed Georgian House, Greenbank provides ample inspiration for gardeners, whilst a wander through the soaring...
Holmwood House

Holmwood House

It was built in 1857-8 for James Couper, a local businessman. Many rooms are richly ornamented in wood, plaster and marble.Thomson's original room decoration...
National Museum of Rural Life

National Museum of Rural Life

The nine million pound project comprises a museum and visitor centre, the Georgian farm buildings of Wester Kittochside, the species-rich fields around...
Pollok House

Pollok House

Above stairs, the lavish family rooms are packed full of period furniture and furnishings, as well as the UK’s finest collection of Spanish art, including...
Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Robert Burns Birthplace Museum

Visitors can follow the poet's life and legacy, from his birth in the humble cottage built by his father, to the phenomenal output of songs and music...
The Hill House

The Hill House

High on a hill in Helensburgh, overlooking the River Clyde, sits what is universally regarded as Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s finest domestic creation...
Weavers Cottage

Weavers Cottage

Step into Weaver’s Cottage and be transported back to the days when Kilbarchan was at the heart of the thriving Scottish textile industry.This restored...

Sponsored Links

Popular Events

The Bodyguard
The Theatre Royal Glasgow are delighted to announce that the international smash hit musical, The Bodyguard will open its UK tour at Theatre Royal, Glasgow this Christmas!
Glasgow Christmas Markets
The Glasgow Christmas Markets return to George Square & St Enoch Square again for 2018 offering a wide selection of festive delights!
Aladdin
Elaine C Smith returns as Widow Twankey in the magical pantomime adventure Aladdin, catch it at the King's Theatre Glasgow in 2018!
itison Drive-In Movies
Scotland's biggest and best Christmas drive-in is BACK as itison Drive-in Movies returns to Loch Lomond Shores for the 6th year in a row!
EStars Featuring Fortnite
Get Ready for the Ultimate Battle at EStars featuring Fortnite at Celtic Park on the 4th, 5th and 6th of January!

Advertise With Us

Advertise With Us

Looking to reach new customers? We offer a variety of advertising options with prices starting from just £30 per month!

Click here to find out more »