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Model Lodging House

Glasgow Caledonian University, Research Collections, Heatherbank Museum of Social Work

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Keywords: Clyde Street Home, day rooms, homeless shelters, homelessness, hostels, lodgers, model lodging houses, single men

Men in the day room of the model lodging house at 234 Abercromby Street, formerly Clyde Street Home, photographed in 1975.

By the late 20th century, conditions in model lodging houses had improved significantly from those of Victorian times. Cooking facilities were provided for those who preferred to cook their own meals. Other improvements included the provision of lockers, a wash-house and drying-room and additional washing and lavatory facilities. By the 1950s, the "model" had a small food shop.

The model lodging house's main attraction was that it allowed its "lodgers" to retain a degree of independence. For this reason it was greatly preferred (by those who could afford it) to the poorhouse. In 1953 there were still nineteen model lodging houses in Glasgow, with accommodation for 4,358 men and 535 women.

Reference: Heatherbank Museum of Social Work, print 2546

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow Caledonian University, Research Collections, Heatherbank Museum of Social Work



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