The Tenement House is a National Trust for Scotland property in Glasgow. It is located at 145 Buccleuch Street, near Charing Cross and Cowcaddens underground station. The Tenement House is not a museum as commonly understood. It is in fact an original 19th-century tenement flat which was owned by an elderly lady and never changed. On the first floor of an ordinary red sandstone tenement in Buccleuch Street, Glasgow lies a real time capsule.
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.
There is no free parking, except for Blue Badge holders. There are steps with rails to the reception desk, exhibition, shop area and toilet in the ground-floor flat, and then two full flights of steps to the Tenement House on the first floor of the property, thus there is no wheelchair access. A Braille guidebook is available. There is an object handling collection. Large-print information sheets are available. Assistance dogs are welcome. The Tenement House is approximately a ten-minute walk from the pedestrian precinct in Sauchiehall Street. The steep hill can be avoided by entering Buccleuch street from Cambridge Street or by walking along Sauchiehall Street until Charing Cross then following the pavement round to the right, under the foot bridge and up the small hill.
Location : Tenement House, 145 Buccleuch Street, Glasgow, Greater Glasgow & Clyde Valley G3 6QN
Transport: Charing Cross (National Rail) then 10 minutes.Subway : Cowcaddens station then 8 minutes. Bus Routes : Firstbus 6 stops near by.
Opening Times : 25th March - 30th June & 1st September to 31st October, daily, 13:00 to 17:00; July, August 11:00 to 17:00 (Sundays opens at 13:00)
Tickets : Adults £6.50; Concessions £5.00
Tel. : 0141 333 0183