Streets of Glesca's
This photie shows the last hooses
remainin' in Sydney Street in the Calton.
Hauf o' the hooses up the No. 3 close
wur left staunin' in a' ther solitary glory
fur a while. This wis said to be because
the owner of the building ( reputedly the
proprieter of The Wee Man's Pub roon
the coarner in the Galliegate ) widnae pey
the demolition costs. Ennyhoo, thae're no
therr noo. It wis a speshul buildin' fur me
cos, on 17th of October, 1928 Ah wis
boarn in the left-haun single-end oan the
furst storey. A few years later we moved
tae a room-an' -kitchen juist above whaur
the Rothman's advert is shown . Then in
1936 the Jeffrey Faimly wis rehoosed tae
The Garngad whaur, bliss sublime, we hid
oor ain indoor lavvy. Incidentally, some of
the Sydney Street weans in the rerr photie
wur also boarn in this buildin'.
Awrabest, Glesga Pal Lobeydosser
Sydney Street looking north towards Duke Street. Nothing much left
I'm afraid but spare ground. Seventy odd years ago when the photograph of
the children in the street was taken there would have been tenement
buildings, housing all they weans!
Background in this photo top left is the Necropolis, top middle is
The church opened in November 1858 and united in February 1926 to
form the Sydney Place and East Campbell Street United Free Church. It took
is final name, Trinity Duke Street Church, when it merged with Wellpark
Free Church in 1949. It closed for worship on January 25 1975 and became a
hostel for homeless men for the next 21 years until it was finally closed
following a fire.
Extract from e-mail, Jim Jeffrey, Dec 2003
Webmaister: From yer pictures Ah kin see whaur yiv pit yer wee motor, bit whaur
hiv ye pit ma wee street?
In yer pictures,Ah think Ah see the hin' end o' Sydney Place Church (later
known as Trinity Church) up on the right. This wis oor faimly church.
Maist o' the Proddy weans in the Sydney Street fotie would have attended Sunday Schule
there. The Minister wis Duncan Dewar Duncan an' he wis a fine man
Oor Kirk wis built in 1857 an' wis described " as a lush Grecian
" which was greatly favoured by the United Presbyterian congregations
at the time.
Marion has mentioned oan the GP
messageboard that she was present in this church in
a ceremony in connection wi The Queen's Coronation.
Noo,Ah ken yer a dab haun wi' cameras , long-distances lenses an' ither
accoutrements,Webmaister, so it makes it difficult fur me tae figger oot whaur
ye stood whin takin' yer pictures o' ma street.
It wid brek ma hert if ye tellt me ye were locatit at the coarner o' the
Gallowgate an' Sydney Street. Because, that wid mean thit a' the wee waarm
hooses in which we bairnies used tae cuddle doon at night, an' a' the wee
nooks an crannies whaur we played hide an' seek, hid gaun like snaw at the
Ah wis boarn in 1928 at number 3 Sydney Street, wan of four generations
wha' lived up the same close at the same time. We wir a' poor financially,
but rich in spirit, maistly.
My early days were happy, except for the time I caught Scarlet Fever about
four years of age. Ah remember a' the people waitin' at the close mooth
where stood the Fever Van. The hush wis like a funeral as ah wis pit intae
the Van an' wheeched awa' tae Belvedere Hoaspital. Ah wis nivver the
greetin, oar complainin' kind o' wean, bit ah felt abandoned.
Wan day, we were a' taken oot oan tae the big lawn, an' a wee while later,
a big airship/Zeppelin flew right ower the tap o' us. Everybiddy wis
cheerin' wi excitement, bit, it didnae fizz oan me,'cos a'thit ah could
think of wis gettin' hame tae ma mammy an a' ma pals in Sydney Street .
Webmaister: the bad news is this is
Sydney Street taken half way up from the junction of Armour Street
From the Gallowgate ( which was 'behind' me ) all you see is spare ground,
just about everything has been demolished... horrendous isn't
it? " Oh where is the
Extract from e-mail, Jim Jeffrey, Dec 2003,
"Hello Wwebmaister, while looking through some old photos, I
came across this one of Sydney Street weans---"The Pride o'The
Calton." I'm the wee boy kneeling on the right of the
front row with his finger on his cheek. My older brother Frankie
is sitting at the right end of the second row. I think he's
holding a deck of cards, or a pile of cigarette cards. Since I look like a three-year old, this
photo must have been taken in 1931 or 1932.
Noo, yer daein' a rerr joab wi the website,
bit ye've no tae kill yersel daein' it......With Best Wishes, Jim Jeffrey."