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Wed May 18 10:09 am  #1

Linthouse Buildings

Hi Tony, you are quite correct i have omitted linthouse and shouldn't have done. Sorry about that, i will correct it as soon as i can. And welcome to our site and forum.

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             Jimmy. (

Wed May 18 5:30 pm  #2

Re: Linthouse Buildings

Linthouse is a district in the Scottish city of Glasgow. It is situated south of the River Clyde. It is immediately west of Govan, and although it is often referred to locally as 'Govan' due to its closeness, it is in fact a distinct area (although it is part of Greater Govan, which is an administrative distinction used by Glasgow City Council).

Linthouse was home to the shipbuilder Alexander Stephens and Sons Limited who built many famous vessels for the Royal Navy in the 20th Century.

Linthouse was a separate Church of Scotland parish (Linthouse St. Kenneth) until November 2007 when it merged with the neighbouring parishes of Govan Old and New Govan to become part of the new Govan and Linthouse parish.

Towards the end of the nineteenth century there was a Scottish Football League club in the area, Linthouse F.C..

The Linthouse Urban Village is an organisation promoting the Linthouse area, as part of the larger Govan Initiative organisation. They run the LUV cafe on Govan Road and a gallery on the other side of the road. The Luma Tower is a famous landmark in the area; originally an Art Deco light bulb factory - it was restored and converted to private housing in the mid-1990s.

Linthouse also runs an annual Christmas market in the "Tunnel Park" which overlooks the Clyde Tunnel. This years market is being held on December 4 from 10am - 3pm.

Read it HERE

A crowd gathered to watch a football match at Plantation, 1955. The players in dark jerseys appear to be celebrating a goal.

Formed 1881. Disbanded 1900.
Elected to Scottish Division Two 1895. Resigned 1900.




1881 - 1900

Linthouse is part of the Govan district of Glasgow, a shipbuilding area south of the River Clyde. The football club, one of many that sprang up in the city in the late nineteenth century, played at Langlands Park. In 1891 they became founder members of the Scottish Football Alliance, one of the leagues set up immediately after the Scottish Football League was formed in 1890. The "Linties" won the competition in its inaugural season - no mean feat considering that every one of the 12 competing teams would become members of the Scottish Football League within a few years. In 1894 they moved to Govandale Park.

In 1895 Linthouse were elected to the Scottish Second Division but at the end of the season they finished last (out of ten teams competing at that time) and had to apply for re-election. After three ballots Linthouse received more votes than Wishaw Athletic and retained their place. In 1899 the club again faced re-election, having finished ninth out of ten and once again they were successful. When they finished in last place the following season the board decided enough was enough: it was clear that they would never be able to compete with their close neighbours, Rangers and so the club withdrew from the Scottish League.

Linthouse were without a league competition for 1900-01 but they did enter the Scottish FA Cup and were eliminated in the Second Round without kicking a ball. Clydebank forfeited their first round tie and Linthouse then scratched from the next match against Motherwell. Shortly afterwards Linthouse went out of business.

Elder Park Pond


Fairfield Farm is a Healthy Living Community project situated in Elder Park, Linthouse, Glasgow.

The project creates a new entrance into the park via the hard landscaped farmyard designed to accommodate markets and events. the building is being developed to provide education, therapy, decorative and food production gardens, cafe, meeting rooms, Open Museum space, small workshops for community/artisan use, teaching kitchen and secluded roof garden for further garden education and therapy.

The existing derelict B-listed Farmhouse (c. 1850) is to be consolidated, restored and altered internally to become the focus of the project, and the new development will be a fusion of old and new.

A new ebonised timber clad outhouse forms the fourth side of the new farmyard, and will be a place of industry and creativity, containing the workshops, teaching kitchen and roof garden.

Current status:

At Building Warrant stage. Further funding options being investigated by project partners. The vacant site around the farmhouse to be used for food production and gardening therapy by local community until the main project works start.

Cost: around £2.5m

Govan and Linthouse Parish Church - Govan Old Building

Church Overview

Affectionately called 'the people's cathedral', Govan Old Church is the oldest place of worship in Glasgow; the churchyard dates back to Celtic times.

Govan has remarkable heritage of early Christian carved stones. No fewer than thirty-one monuments survive, mostly intact and highly decorated. They span the 9th to 10th centuries, and they represent one of the largest and most interesting collections of early mediaeval sculpture in Scotland. They range from a sarcophagus and recumbent cross-slabs to free-standing crosses and cross-slabs, together with a remarkable group of five hogback monuments

The church itself dates from 1888. The design by Robert Rowand Anderson in the Early English with Scottish references, proved very influential for the next 50 years. The cycle of stained-glass windows were planned as a unit and contains windows by Charles E Kempe, Burlison & Grylls, Clayton & Bell and by Shrigley & Hunt. Fine pipe organ originally built by Brindley and Foster.

Govan and Linthouse Parish Church - Linthouse Building

The red sandstone church was originally built in 1900 as a consequence of the St Mary's United Free Church expansion into Linthouse in the late 1890s. The architect was James Miller, designer of St Enoch's, and is the only church building designed by him which is still in use. The façade is a striking blend of classical with Arts & Crafts. A broad gable is flanked by matching square towers topped with colonnaded cupolas. The halls were added in 1953 by John S Boyd. Embroidered church falls and table frontals from 1900-1926 commissioned by the first Minister and executed by Miss Webster, a member of the congregation.

The Gazelle is a traditional pub located on the busy Govan Road in the Linthouse area of Glasgow. The public bar is in excellent condition with recently upgraded fixtures and fittings. There is a seperate lounge area that is ideal for small fuctions or parties. The pub operates karaoke via a state of the art multi media system and has a good football following at the weekends. The pool table is also well used by the locals

Church Overview

The red sandstone church was originally built in 1900 as a consequence of the St Mary's United Free Church expansion into Linthouse in the late 1890s. The architect was James Miller, designer of St Enoch's, and is the only church building designed by him which is still in use. The façade is a striking blend of classical with Arts & Crafts. A broad gable is flanked by matching square towers topped with colonnaded cupolas. The halls were added in 1953 by John S Boyd. Embroidered church falls and table frontals from 1900-1926 commissioned by the first Minister and executed by Miss Webster, a member of the congregation.

An aerial view from the south Alexander Stephen & Sons' Linthouse Shipyard. The River Clyde, Whiteinch Ferry and Barclay, Curle & Co's Clydeholm Shipyard are in the background.
Alexander Stephen purchased the Linthouse estate to the west of Govan in 1869 and built a shipyard. The first ship was launched there in 1870 and the yard's engine and boiler works were completed the following year. Stephen's built houses nearby for 120 men and their families.

Stephen's became famous for cargo and passenger liners and for a lucrative sideline in banana boats. The firm's name had a less happy association with the Daphne disaster of 1883, when a steamer capsized after its launch from the yard and 124 workers lost their lives. During the First World War, Stephen's continued to build merchant ships as well as torpedo boats and destroyers for the Royal Navy. The firm provided sport and leisure facilities for its workforce, opening the forerunner of the Stephen Apprentices Boys Club in 1917, and laying out Coila Park in 1920 for workmen and their families.

Evangelistas Barbershop Linthouse

Govan and Linthouse Parish Church

Starter Pack Girls Bare All – for Charity

The girls at Starter Packs in Govan are showing their cheeky side in a calendar which they hope will raise £6,000 for the charity.

The ‘Govan Gals’ have bared all, almost, for the photographs which were taken in the kitchen of a house in Linthouse.

As the LOCAL NEWS hits the street, the calendar was expected to be on sale in the Starter Packs’ office in Burleigh Street at £9.99p each. Read the full story here....>>>Link HERE to see full story!

Summer Fairs[b/]
Funding has been secured in the last 2 consecutive years through Glasgow City Council, Cultural Grants, Communities Scotland and The Southern General Hospital to run a summer youth programme in Street Performance, Circus Skills and Carnival Preparation. The workshop programme allows young people in Linthouse to showcase their work as part of the larger Govan Gathering Festival and West End Festival...>>Link HERE

[b]Linthouse in 1915

Linthouse 1873

Alexander Stephen and Sons Limited, often referred to simply as Alex Stephens, was a Scottish shipbuilding company based in Linthouse, Govan in Glasgow, on the River Clyde. Alexander Stephen, a member of the third generation of the family, merged the Aberdeen and Arbroath businesses in 1828 and then, after closing the Aberdeen yard in 1829, moved production to the Panmure yard in Dundee in 1842. In 1850 part of the business was transferred to Kelvinhaugh yard, now known as Yorkhill Quay, near Glasgow. The Arbroath yard finally closed in 1857. Then in 1870 the business moved to Linthouse near Glasgow.

In a tragic disater in 1883, the Daphne, a steamer, capsized after its launch from the yard, and 124 workers lost their lives. The Dundee shipyard was sold in 1893. In 1968, Stephens was incorporated into Upper Clyde Shipbuilders and was closed after the latter organisation collapsed in 1971.

I'm sure they used to make Hillman Imp cars at Linthouse .... O well!!

Last edited by Jimmy (Wed May 18 5:51 pm)

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             Jimmy. (

Fri May 27 8:40 pm  #3

Re: Linthouse Buildings

tonybee wrote:

Hi Jimmy ...
what an incredible record of Linthouse.  I have been trying for more than two years on all manner of sites to find out something about Linthouse but to little avail and here it all is in one quick response to my query. You're a gem.
My folks lived in Linthouse Buildings in the 1870s and 80 - before the Daphne disaster - and worked in the shipyard (probably Alexander Stephens). Three of their children (one of them my great-grandfather) were born there so you can see why I am keen to know much more about the place and living/working conditions.
It will take some time to digest all this information, but many thanks for sharing it.  Now all I have to do is arrange a visit.  I have just returned from a trip to Wales (which is where the folks lived before Linthouse) so Govan seems a logicalnext step.
Again, many thanks.

Hi Tony, Sorry I have been a wee while in replying to your post, been in hospital for a couple of weeks and finding it hard to get back to the old routine.

I was glad to hear what I posted up about Linthouse for you was ok. There is much more out there on the internet about Govan and Linthouse. Too much for me to include it all here on this forum. So I have posted a few sites you might be interested in here for you. I hope it is what you are looking for? O and if you type into google: "Linthouse" and hit the return you will be surprised at what you see.
Site List:
---  CITY STROLLS  ---
---  Mapland  ---
---  The Glasgow Story  ---
---  Urban Village Project   ---
---  Celtic 9-2 Linthouse  ---
---  Linthouse  ---
--- Scottish City Guide ---
---  Linthouse Housing Association ---
---  Clyde Waterfront  ---
--- Linthouse 1-2 Celtic ---

I could go on and on here Tony but it would take me ages. So check out Linthouse on google.  Have a good weekend!

Haste ye back.
             Jimmy. (

Fri May 27 8:47 pm  #4

Re: Linthouse Buildings

Here is a wee reminder of Govan and what's happening there today!

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             Jimmy. (

Mon Jun 6 9:24 pm  #5

Re: Linthouse Buildings

Hi Govanites, has anyone heard from Jimmy
I sent an email but have had no reply
Bye for now, norrie


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