Walkers’ trip down Memory Lane

MORE than 40 people enjoyed a walk around the Govanhill and Crosshill area, thanks to the Scottish Jewish Archives Centre as part of the Govanhill International Festival.

Led by Harvey Kaplan and Fiona Brodie, participants learned how the first services of the Govanhill Chevra were held in 1901. By 1911, the census shows at least 500 Jewish people lived in the area.

In 1914, cheder classes and Shabbat services were being held in a former shop at 355 Langside Road, which eventually led to the building of Langside Synagogue in Niddrie Road, opened in 1927.

This was still in use until 2015.

The tour passed the former Progressive Synagogue in Albert Road, as well as the first and second Crosshill Synagogues in Dixon Avenue and Belleisle Street.

Other former communal buildings included on the tour were the former Jewish nursery in Queen Mary Avenue, the former JLGB building in Albert Road and Scout Hall in Queens Drive.

Popular shops such as Morrisons grocers, Watermans, Godfrey’s Butchers, the Unique and Henry Lewis’ fruit shop were referenced, and throughout participants heard about former residents of the area who are mentioned in the 1901 and 1911 censuses, giving a flavour of what the community was once like.

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