Seasonal window decoration in Govan

This morning, I visited Govan which part of Glasgow and located on the south bank of the River Clyde.

Govan is not a key tourist destination in Scotland but has lots to offer the visitor including:

  • Govan Old Parish Church which is located on an early Christian site perhaps dating back 1500 years.In relative terms the Govan Christian community reached its zenith in the 9th and 10th centuries as manifested in the existence of 30 sculptured stones plus the Govan Sarcophagus, a beautifully carved shrine coffin which represents the earliest example of art in the Glasgow region.
  • A long ship-building tradition, which reached its peak in the early 20th century and continues today under BAe Systems which builds various types of military vessels.Incredibly, visitors today can still access former dry docks (now abandoned) known as Graving Docks which were built in the late 19th century to handle ship repairs and overhauls.

Today, Govan has a population of 32,000 and unemployment of 4.5pct.

As illustrated below, Govan has many old and interesting buildings plus statues to shipbuilding magnates and philanthropists such as Sir William Pearce and John Elder.

Persons who wish to connect with Govan’s shipbuilding past can visit the Fairfield Shipbuilders Heritage Visitor Centre.

Early medieval sarcophagus in Govan Old Parish Church

New Govan Parish Church

Govan Road with Pearce Institute on right.

Pearce Institute, a community centre donated by the Pearce shipbuilding family.

Statue of shipbuilding magnate, Sir William Pearce

Govan War Memorial

Govan Old Parish Church. This is at least the fourth such building on ancient Christian site.

Wall mural in Govan

Tenement housing in central Govan

Entrance to Heritage Museum

John Elder Statue, Elder Park. John Elder initiated a technological advance via invention if the compound steam engine.

St Anthony’s Catholic Church, Govan

Govan Graving Docks on River Clyde.

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