Pollokshields: The Villas
Please note the tour lasts approximately 2 hrs and is based on three recently published Heritage trail leaflets funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Glasgow City Council and Pollokshields Heritage. Dating from 1849 Pollokshields is the largest and most complete example of a Victorian Garden suburb in Scotland, if not the UK. The tour will start at Maxwell Park Station and highlights include the oldest secular building in Glasgow, the house with two billiards rooms, the house built by an American Civil War gun runner, Jimmy Logan’s house, an über cool modernist villa, and the Ship that never sailed. The suburb contains villas by some of Glasgow’s best known architects including Greek Thomson, James Miller, WJ Anderson, JC McKellar, William Hunter McNab and HE Clifford. The architectural styles on display vividly demonstrate the eclecticism and evolution of Victorian and Edwardian middle class taste. Within these houses are superb interiors by some of Glasgow’s finest craftsmen supplying a backdrop of sumptuous stained glass, ornamental plasterwork, cast iron and marble, wally tiles and elegant wood carvings to frame the equally interesting lives of the people who commissioned and lived in them. The walk will conclude at Pollokshields Burgh Hall.
Sat 21st, 11am, 120 mins
Meeting point: Maxwell Park Station.
Booking: Registration from 10.45 at Maxwell Park Station ticket office; places will be allocated first-come first served
Accessibility: Limited accessibility - we will be walking on wide pavements, could be uneven surfaces and will be kerbs.
Please note: Wear sensible footwear, clothes for rain if necessary; not really suitable for young children
Nearest Train/Subway: Maxwell Park Station
Parking: Free on street parking on Terregles Ave. and Fotheringay Road.