Halloween at Holmwood House

This morning, I cycled round to local heritage property, Holmwood House, which is owned by Scotland’s National Trust. This building dates from 1859-61 when designed by celebrated Glaswegian architect, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson for a local paper mill owner. The building was one of  high status with a dual purpose: to provide suitable accommodation for the owner’s family and to impress guess and potential business clients. the building is situated close to the White Cart ( a river) because of proximity to the mill powered by the same river. Thus production, marketing and residence was very closely integrated on the same complex. Also, being water powered, the business was very eco-friendly.

Thomson was the first modern architect to design houses in the Greek style asymmetrically, according to Picturesque principles. Of note in this case is the wall which connects the main house with the coach house, a feature also used by Lutyens and Frank Lloyd Wright.

To attract visitors, the local mangement put on a Halloween event at the house. What Thomson would have made of such an event is a moot point.

Holmwood House, Glasgow

After Holmwood, I cycled along the banks of the Cart and thence to Old Cathcart Cemetery to obtain information for my Glasgow Ancestry blog. Part of the cemetery is something of a jungle which presents a challenge in cutting back the ivy and brambles to view the (mainly Victorian era) memorial stones which tell a wide range of stories. Earlier today, I posted information on Gordon family history.

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