Helensburgh 1860

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Heritage Cartography - Victorian Town and Village Maps

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Helensburgh in 1860 is a well established town of mainly substantial detached houses within their own grounds set above the main shoreline Clyde Street. It is laid out in a regular grid pattern the centre of which is the all important railway station. It was the recent development of the railway system which has made the settlement of the town viable, linking the commercial middle class, for whom the town was built, to their offices and enterprises in Glasgow. There is strong evidence of a civic community with a town hall, bank, three churches and a gas works. Day visitors to the town on excursions from the city were landed at the long pier and longer stay holidaymakers were no doubt well accommodated at the strategically situated Tontine Hotel. The town bears a strong similarity to a resort further to the south, both in location and function, Southport. Overall the Helensburgh a has settled, respectable and contented air, an oasis in the turbulent social times of the industrial revolution, it is the one town in Scotland without a poor house.

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