Socceroo wrote:Where were they? When did they close? When were they demolished? Any original buildings still standing or still in use? Any designed by Architects of note? Anyone got fond memories of visiting these facilities?
escotregen wrote:If you want authentic Glasgow folk histories on this institution the Glasgow Guide Board does it well
That board is all a bit 'Glesga' for many, but if you want the folk stuff on the steamie it's very good
....As a major part of Glasgow’s cultural heritage, any significant elements of a ‘steamie’ or baths should be conserved in some way. They are a very threatened building type.....Any proposed reuse of Govanhill Baths must take into account much more than simply the preservation of a façade: the spaces given over to the pools are of importance and their reuse must be considered extremely carefully"
List of charges for the public washing house of Glasgow, 1822
Page 2 of a two-leaved document printed on pages 1 and 2 only.
The right to run Glasgow's Public Washing House on Glasgow Green was leased by auction each year to the highest bidder. The times of opening and the charges, however, remained in the control of the Town Council. The value of the tack had fallen considerably with the formation of water companies.
The charges listed tell of a two-day job to wash, bleach, synd (rinse) and blue (starch) the clothes. James Cleland's improvements to Glasgow Green had included providing piped, filtered water on the washing house green. The eastern part of the Green included open bleaching with no piped water.
Washing and tramping in the large tubs had to done inside the washing house. The Council did not want the women kilting up their dresses above the knees in public view. Women who brought large tubs of their own were not charged for house-room.
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