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dukeboxhero

Calton Weavers Memorial Garden

With much sadness today i passed by The Calton Memorial Garden at the bottom of Tobago st and London rd, Only to see that another part of Glasgows history has been destroyed,The garden was built to commemorate the 29 weavers(all young girls)  who lost there lives when a wall forming part of the Templetons new mill collapsed on top of the weavers shed  in 1889, A Commemorative plaque was placed inside the walls of the garden and read
Green buds,for the hope of tomorrow
Fair flowers,for the joy of today
Sweet memory,the fragrance they leave us
As time gently flows on its way.





And now this
Stuball

Thats unusual for them to remove a memorial like that. Sure they arent rebuilding it? The plaque may be relocated somewhere else instead
dukeboxhero

Stuball  i hope your right,i will try and find out more tomorrow.
cybers

Was it not mentioned on here that it was to be relocated within the Peoples palace gardens  
pretty sure i read it somewhere
calamity

A better place for the memorial would be the Peoples Palace as I dont think anyone realized what this wee sitting area was there for at all...
dukeboxhero

calamity, as you say a lot of people did not know this garden was on there doorstep.
cybers, It would be good to see this in the peoples palace gardens,
But what worries me is how many times plaques go missing when work like this happens,IE memorial plaques to the great war dead.
And if you pick up the new Calton Heritage Trail brochure you will see the garden is featured, And the calton weavers are the  the main storys of the heritage trail,
calamity



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NwaSIFPjlo

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dukeboxhero

Just an update on the garden


Dear Mr McCann,  
Apologies for the length of time it has taken me to get back to you – I had a baby at the start of July, and have been finding it difficult to get enough time to collate a full response and reply to your concerns.
I did not realise that the garden itself would be removed as part of the housing development, and was very disappointed to find it had vanished without a trace. It was my understanding that the garden would still be there after the development. I contacted Thenew Housing Association and Land and Environmental Services at the Council to verify what exactly had happened and whether anything would replace the garden. As you can see from the replies below, there are plans to reinstate the Garden, and the historic plaque has been kept safely until the works are completed

Beth Reilly, Head of Development and Technical Services at Thenew Housing Association has responded thus;

“With regard to the Memorial Garden it is correct that the garden as it existed has been removed but the memorial stone has been carefully preserved. As part of our development we have been in discussions with Land Services about recreating the memorial garden in a way which will make it more accessible to the public and which will explain the reason for the garden. The land itself remains in Council ownership. Out line plans have been discussed with the council but there are no detailed proposals as yet and we hope to be able to involve local people/children in the project.”

Tommy McDonald, Assistant Director of Land and Environmental Services replied;

“I refer to your email regarding the above. I confirm that the works that you refer to at the corner of Tobago Street and London Road are part of a planned renewal of the Templeton Memorial Garden . This is being undertaken in partnership with Thenew Housing Association who are undertaking a comprehensive redevelopment of vacant land along London Road to provide new flats, shops and offices. The area once occupied by advertising hoardings is included within the building site.
The building programme is scheduled to last for two years but at the end of that period a restored memorial garden will welcome new and existing residents together with visitors to the area. The eloquent memorial plaque to which your constituent referred is currently in safe storage and will be returned to pride of place within the new pocket park.
Your constituent may also be interested to know that restoration works are about to commence within the Calton Burial Ground in Abercromby Street . These works will include the sensitive restoration of memorial headstones within the boundary wall. This follows on from the successful renovation of the Tullis Street Memorial Gardens and the restoration of the Umbrella at Bridgeton Cross. You can also inform Mr McCann that Heritage trails for Bridgeton and Calton have recently been produced and the aforementioned Templeton Memorial Garden is featured on page 37 of the Calton Trail.
I trust that you find the above information helpful and, if you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact Dennis McCue, on 0141 287 5142.”
If you have any further questions on this or any other matter, please feel free to get in touch. If you would like copies of the historic trail booklets for Calton, Bridgeton and Glasgow Green email me back with your postal address and I’ll have these sent out to you.
Kind regards,
Alison
Councillor Alison Thewliss
Ward 9: Calton (SNP)
Stuball

Ally Doll had a baby?
John

Stuball wrote:
Ally Doll had a baby?


I saw this at the time, but assumed you guys all knew.

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/new...or-councillor-alison-27-1.1039702
norrie

Hi Dukeboxhero,  thanks for finding out what was going on in that area, I took photos  a few months ago and posted them on here asking if anyone knew what was going on, the photo was posted in the Calton thread.
I took photos of the gardens a few years ago, not sure if I kept them, will need to check

Bye for now, norrie
norrie

Hi Dukeboxhero, just checked, I have kept them, there were three, more or less the same as yours, yoiu should find them in The Calton Thread

Bye for now, norrie
calamity

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Opening is at 11am on Monday 15th at the Burial Ground and afterwards at the People's Palace.


Audrey Carlin
Project Manager

Clyde Gateway

Tel: 0141 276 1581

audrey.carlin@clydegateway.com
Alex Glass

Sorry to see that no one has been down to take some photos of the cemetery now that it had been reopened after the work carried out to restore it.

Maybe once the snow has cleared I will get down there to take a few photos. I think there may be a couple on the internet somewhere  


Oh HERE
norrie

Hi alex, I was sure Calamity has been to the place and taken photos
Bye for now, norrie
calamity



think Beano got some too must be on cemetery thread.
Alex Glass

Here are some photos taken on the day the burial ground was reopened.















Alex Glass

Oh and this one too

norrie

calton weavers

Hi Alex, thanks for posting your photos
I pass that place often and never stop to take photos, same with Treble 2 , perhaps one day
Bye for now, norrie
Alex Glass

These are not my photos Norrie but I am happy to post them so that everyone can see it is still there.

I have a few of my own but they are from a while back.
norrie

Hi Alex, Ok , Norrie
calamity

Dont tell anybody but I sneaked in behind the barriers the day before the opening.. for some photos... good ones there Alex....
Riverside Boy

Don't want to put a dampner on the topic but there seems to some confusion on here as to who is the memorial dedicated to is it the Templeton Workers who were killed or is it The Calton Weavers. My own personal view it isn't dedicated to either of the aforementioned but there again I may be wrong...but please remember because I am wrong doesn't mean you are right.

Seriously folks does anyone know the real story behind this wee garden that was until recently located at the bottom of Tobago Street and London Road.
cybers

It was a commemoration of the massacre of the weavers in 1787 when the troops were called in to supress an uprising/strike over unfair wages.

Why it was located on london road remains a mystery as i was always under the impression it happened up near the gallowgate...
Riverside Boy

Yes Cybers you are correct the site where the Calton Weavers were shot was up nearer the Gallowgate in Barrack Street albeit much nearer the Duke Street end, immediately up from where the Overdale pub used to be and roughly behind the Great Eastern Hotel. So that in my mind would rule out the memorial park having anything to do with the Calton Weavers. However, going on what little information I have on the park scanned from the Glasgow Eastern Standard it has little to do with the women killed in the Templeton's Factory Disaster either.
cybers

Templetons has it not got a memorial on the factory wall on the green as i have a very vague memory of this
Riverside Boy

cybers wrote:
Templetons has it not got a memorial on the factory wall on the green as i have a very vague memory of this


Was there not something to do with the 'fluer-de-lyes' on the side of the present building which is supposed to be symbolic of those who died and those who were injured.
Sydney Rosewater

The wee garden which was until recently located on the corner of Tobago Street and London Road was a memorial to the (29 i think) women workers who were killed by a collapsing wall during construction of an extension to Templetons factory in 18 something, cant remember the date of top of my head. This garden had nothing to do with The Calton Weavers who were massacred, I think there is a memorial to them in the Calton Burial Ground.
YvonneK

Hi

the memorial garden is indeed a tribute to the women who lost their lives in the tragedy at the Templeton carpet factory in 1889.  

However I attended a meeting tonight in the Calton area and I am delighted to hear that the Calton Area Association, a local voluntary organisation, have published inital plans to build a community facility onto the back of the Thenew housing offices.

Part of the ground in which the memorial gardens are situated will be used to provide the local community with a much needed community facility, this will also mean that local people who are visiting the centre will have to enter through the gardens which will be restored.

The whole project will take about a year to complete and it will be a marvellous tribute to those lost souls who died - that local people will now be guardians of the facility and the gardens which will now be cherished and well looked after, and that famous plaque will be restored to its rightful place.

There has been a consultation exercise carried out by Glasgow Life and former residents travelled from all over the city to contribute to the project - each of them had their own unique and personal memories of the gardens and they all expressed a desire to see them restored to their former glory.

It is fantastic to see so many people locally getting involved in discovering the heritage of their community - the Abercromby St cemetery has also been refurbished and is a lasting tribute to the Calton Weavers who went on strike in 1787 and were shot and killed by troops in the Drygate area, it was the first major industrial dispute in Scottish history.

Yvonne
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