Oct.2010, extract from email
Glesca Artist William Neilly
only lived in Newhall Street, Bridgeton, until age 2. The family
then moved to Woddrop Street in Dalmarnock in 1949. Nevertheless we
continued to attend Newhall Parish church in Main Street until it merged
with Bridgeton church which was renamed Bridgeton and Newhall Parish
church. I remember Tommy Hudson, caretaker of Newhall church, who lived in
Main Street just opposite 266. Crolla's cafe which was often frequented by
local Glesca Pals after church services was located near number 266 Main
Street. The Neilly family often visited Richmond park just over Rutherglen
Bridge. I remember the tenement building, on the left of the photograph
looking up Main Street from Rutherglen Bridge, had a plaque on the wall
indicating that persons found defacing the walls would be prosecuted!
Additional information on the area is available from a paper entitled, "
Recollections of Bridgeton", by William Guthrie read in the Trades Hall to
the Old Glasgow Club on 20 November 1905. It provides an account of village
life in Bridgeton from 1830 onwards.