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can anyone help a wee old lady?

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fcek Sat 25-Nov-17 16:19:09

an old family friend is starting to get dementia and is in a nursing home. We visit her once a week. She's been talking about missing her home. Saying she grew up in Glasgow in 'cadona street'. We asked if she meant 'caledonia', she says no. We think she grew up near gallowgate but we can't find any sign of such a street sad
I was hoping to print off some old pictures of the area she grew up for her christmas and decorate her nursing home room with framed pictures.
She's 89 so would have been living in this street in the 1930/40s/50s before getting married and moving elsewhere
If anyone knows this street or can help with old pictures please let me know.

dementedpixie Sat 25-Nov-17 16:23:43

Cadogan street?

Skyllo30 Sat 25-Nov-17 16:28:13

Google autocorrects to Cadogan street - it’s in the city centre but not as far east as modern Gallowgate.

Do you live in Glasgow? The People’s Palace in Glasgow Green has photos of old homes from many years ago, around the turn of the last centurary. Maybe staff there could advise you where to look for old street photos?

blueskyinmarch Sat 25-Nov-17 16:30:39

Cardrona Street maybe?

HirplesWithHaggis Sat 25-Nov-17 16:34:58

I wondered if she meant "Codona", that being the name of a large Scottish show family. They don't seem to have a street named after them, but they were from the east end and had wintering quarters...

So she might have lived near there, and "Codona Street" was a local name for the area?

fcek Sat 25-Nov-17 17:00:00

no I don't live in Glasgow but I live just outside. It's not cadogan street, no, I used to work there so I know its not there. It's so frustrating trying to figure out where she means and seeing her talking about her old friends etc sad
I might try to just get photos of old glasgow in general rather than that particular street.
It's possible the street no longer exists.

fcek Sat 25-Nov-17 17:04:03

just asked my mum - its definitely trongate/gallowgate area.

It's either cadona or cartrona...sounds like that, but not cadogan or caledonia

I'm currently doing a street search on virtual mitchell library

Finnbuktu Sat 25-Nov-17 17:05:10

Sorry I can't help with the street name, however The Mitchell Library has a fantastic archive of old Glasgow photos.

Fixmylife Sat 25-Nov-17 17:08:52

There is also the SCRAN website which is Scotland's archive of photos. You can access it for free if you are a member of a local library in Scotland.

HittheDiff Sat 25-Nov-17 17:09:25

Ask her about Vinegar Hill. That's where the fairground used to be.

I phoned my dad for you and he reckons it could be somewhere in the vicinity of Broad St.

HittheDiff Sat 25-Nov-17 17:12:25

Bridgeton Library is a great source of information too.

fcek Sat 25-Nov-17 17:14:38

Thanks so much, I'll check out all these sources

I can't tell if it no longer exists or if we are mishearing her.

But yes, if I mention eg vinegar hill, that might help us draw more info out of her!

Fixmylife Sat 25-Nov-17 17:15:35

There does seem to be a Cardross Street in Dennistoun which is not far from the Gallowgate

OldWitch00 Sat 25-Nov-17 17:18:30

See if has a free month. You could look at old census records and find the address.

HittheDiff Sat 25-Nov-17 17:19:59

If you knew what church they went to that could also help. I'm RC so know a bit more about that side of it.

fcek Sat 25-Nov-17 17:23:59

might try the ancestry idea, thanks. I only know her married name and year of birth, but hopefully I can still try something.

She's not a christian as far as I know and I've never known her to go to church but I can still ask where her nearest church was and about other nearby landmarks.

I'm determined to get to the bottom of it, and surprise her by (hopefully) finding old pictures online that I can print and she will recognise.

Notreallyarsed Sat 25-Nov-17 17:26:18

Is this it?

HittheDiff Sat 25-Nov-17 17:28:10

Garthamlock would be too new for this lady I think.

Notreallyarsed Sat 25-Nov-17 17:29:25

Fair point blush could it be that they used old street names of previously demolished streets for the new estate?

MrsHass Sat 25-Nov-17 17:32:38

There’s a page on Facebook called Lost Glasgow which is brilliant for memories of old Glasgow and sharing lots of old pictures.

shakeyourcaboose Sat 25-Nov-17 17:32:54

I'm off to Glasgow tomorrow west end- if get a chance will go for a walk around your area for a nosey!

shakeyourcaboose Sat 25-Nov-17 17:37:23

There's a forum called urbanglasgow that may be helpful?

fcek Sat 25-Nov-17 18:01:41

meant to say this old lady is a widow with no children or siblings so we can't even ask her family sad

We don't have power of attorney, her goddaughter does but even she does not know where her godmum grew up, just that it was gallowgate area.

Notreallyarsed Sat 25-Nov-17 18:04:21

This lists a Corunna Street in the Gallowgate?

Notreallyarsed Sat 25-Nov-17 18:05:29

Sorry doesn’t specify Gallowgate I got ahead of myself there!

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