Govanhill

Govanhill

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Govanhill (Bhrae na Ghobhain in Gaelic) is a district in the Scottish city of Glasgow. It is situated south of the River Clyde between the Gorbals, Mount Florida and Queen's Park. The council ward has boundaries of Dixon Avenue and Dixon Road to the South, Victoria Road to the West, Butterbiggins Road to the North, and Aikenhead Road to the East.

History

The history of the area is linked to the Dixon family. A prominent ironmaster, William Dixon opened blast furnaces to the south of Govanhill which became known as 'Dixons Blazes'. The area itself was formed in 1877 and the main avenue that runs the length of it is called Dixon Avenue. Some of the local streets were name after the daughters of William Dixon Jnr; Allison Street, Daisy Street, and Annette Street. Successive waves of immigrants from Ireland, Pakistan and more recently Poland and Slovakia have given the area a rich multicultural identity.

Govanhill is home to one of Glasgow's original Carnegie libraries, deftly designed in the Edwardian Baroque style by James Robert Rhind. The library is situated at the junction of Langside Road and Calder Street.

Recent years

In recent years the area has earned a reputation as a run-down location with high levels...
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