Provands Lordship, Glasgow

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    Provand's Lordship

    by Drever Written Feb 25, 2014

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    Provand's Lordship, opposite Glasgow Cathedral, is a rare example of 15th-century Scottish domestic architecture. Its survival has been due to the efforts of the Provand’s Lordship Society. Because of their work and later others you can step, free, into Glasgow's past in the only house to survive from the medieval city. Even better you can take photographs - something that disallowed in many Scottish historic buildings nowadays.

    Built in 1471, it as a sandstone tenement with three stories each containing three separate rooms with fireplaces. Access to the first and second floors was by a central wooden stair. Wooden balconies provided access to the upper chambers but internal stairs have replaced these.

    The house served as the Preceptor's House of the Hospital of St Nicholas that was built by Andrew Muirhead, Bishop of Glasgow. His coat of arms appears on the eastern side of the south gable. Later the ‘Lord of the Prebend of Barlanark’ occupied the house and through time it became known as ‘Provand’s Lordship’.

    Eventually the house fell into decline and served in turn as a sweets shop, a soft drink factory, the home of the city hangman in the 18th century, and a junk shop. Scheduled for demolition by the end of the 19th century, the Provand's Lordship Society saved it for posterity and turned into a museum. The Glasgow District Council took over its care in 1978. A local builder then renovated the building - charging one penny for his work. Extensively restored, it now gives a flavour of life in medieval Glasgow with period displays and a spooky re-creation of the old hangman's room.

    The interior doorways are low and narrow, and most people have to duck their head to enter the various rooms, which even with electric lighting seem gloomy. These contain furniture dating from the 16th to 18th centuries most of which were collected by Sir William Burrell wealthy philanthropists, best known for the Burrell Collection in Pollok Country Park.

    The ground floor has displays about the history of the house. On the first floor is a reconstruction of the furnished chamber of Cuthbert Simson who lived here as a chaplain at the beginning of the 16th century. The upper chambers contain pictures of some of Scotland's famous historic figures - Bonnie Prince Charlie, Lord Darnley, husband to Mary Queen of Scots, and her son James VI (who became James I of England). Various paintings depicting Glasgow’s past are also on display. In one room hangs a wooden Coat of Arms from the 16th century that belonged to Henry Hastings, third Earl of Huntingdon (1536-95).

    Behind the house is the St Nicholas garden, built in 1997. It is a medical herb garden, containing medicinal plants in use in the fifteenth century, designed to reflect the original purpose of the house.

    This corner of old Glasgow containing the Cathedral, St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art and the Provand’s Lordship house is well worth a visit.

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    The oldest house in Glasgow

    by gordonilla Written Aug 13, 2010
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    The oldest house in the city. Provand’s Lordship, built in 1471, and was originally a part of a hospital, and is one of only four medieval buildings to survive in Glasgow.

    After restoration and a donation of 17th-century Scottish furniture by Sir William Burrell, the building now provides a real flavour of what a home interior of around 1700.

    The St Nicholas Garden, a medicinal herb garden is behind the house. It provides an oasis of calm.

    The garden is the home of the renowned Tontine Faces – a series of stone masks with a fascinating past!

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    Oldest Home in Glasgow

    by moirholj Written Jun 10, 2007

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    Right across from the Glasgow Cathedral is the Provand's Lordship, a home (the only one left in Glasgow) from the city's medieval period. If you are a history buff this is a must see, and you could probably spend a fair amount of time strolling through the many rooms. If you are less interested it is still worth a walkthrough to see the furnishings. While the house was built in 1471, the furniture is that of seventeenth-century Scotland. People surely were smaller in the days when the house was constructed... low ceilings and small doorways will keep you protecting your head!

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    Provand's Lordship

    by Tom_Fields Written Mar 22, 2006

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    Probably Glasgow's oldest house, this was built in 1471 for the priest in charge of the old St Nicholas Hospital. At different times, it hosted many of Scotland's royalty, to include Mary Queen of Scots, King James II, and King James IV. Today, it is a small museum with a collection of 17th century furniture, stained glass, art, tapestries, and more.

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    Provands Lordship House and Garden

    by seagoingJLW Written Jul 14, 2005
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    Behind the house is the St Nicholas garden, built in 1997. It is a medical herb garden, containing medicinal plants in use in the fifteenth century, designed to reflect the original purpose of the house.

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    Provands Lordship

    by seagoingJLW Written Jul 14, 2005
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    The house was built in 1471 as part of St Nicholas's Hospital by Andrew Muirhead, Bishop of Glasgow, and you can still see the bishop's coat of arms on the eastern side of the south gable.

    Here is the entrance.

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    Oldest house in Glasgow

    by Rojo72 Updated Aug 10, 2004

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    Provan's Lordship

    Provand's Lordship is the oldest house still standing i Glasgow. The house was built either in 1456 or 1471 by Bishop Andrew Muirhead. His coat of arms can still be seen inside the house. It's right up next to the cathedral and well worth a visit.

    There is a small garden in the back and the building has 3 stories. When I was there there was an event and children played street games in the back and inside there was people dressed up in mideaval clothes playing music.

    I had a great time and it was very interesting to see the different rooms. One of them is actually furnished like it might have been in the middle ages.

    The admission is FREE!

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    PROVANDS LORDSHIP

    by hevbell Updated Nov 3, 2003

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    Provands Lordship

    This is the oldest dwelling in Glasgow having been built in 1471. Its free to enter so you can just go in and wander round, see some of the old rooms.

    The thing that struck me was how dark the lower floor was, in particular, even with lights on. Must have been pitch black in the days before electricity. If you go to the top floor there are a few nice works of art by a local artist, depicting his memories of his Glasgow childhood in the 1930s (I think!). Funny pictures! :)

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    Provost Lordship

    by marciaca Written Mar 17, 2004
    Provost Lordship

    This is the oldest building in Glasgow originally belonging to the town's provost (or mayor) and was built in the 1500s.

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    The Provands Lordship

    by keeweechic Updated Sep 9, 2003

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    The Provands Lordship is the oldest house in Glasgow and dates back to 1471. The house is now a Museum and is near the Glasgow Cathedral and the city's main bus station.

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