Glasgow, London Road

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Alternative Names London Street; Trades' Land; Clyde 5
Site Type LOGBOAT
Canmore ID 44298
Site Number NS56SE 37
NGR NS 596 648
Council GLASGOW, CITY OF
Parish GLASGOW (CITY OF GLASGOW)
Former Region STRATHCLYDE
Former District CITY OF GLASGOW
Former County LANARKSHIRE
Datum OSGB36 - NGR
NGR Desc NS c. 596 648

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Archaeological Notes

NS56SE 37 c. 596 648.

In 1825, a canoe was found, scarcely a hundred yards from that noted on NS56SE 19 (q.v.) when digging a sewer at London Street (later renamed London Road). Measuring about 18' in length, it was built of several pieces of oak, though without ribs. It lay nearly vertical, with the prow uppermost. It has been destroyed.
D Wilson 1863; J B 1856; J D Duncan 1882.

Findspot located to area NS 596 648 from description above.
Visited by OS (F D C) 19 September 1951.

In July 1852 a logboat was revealed during sewerage works in London Road (then named London Street) and 'near the site of the Trades' Land'. The area is situated at an altitude of about 30' (9m) OD in the upper river terraces of the Clyde.
Buchanan notes that the boat was embedded vertically, the prow being uppermost. Wilson states that it measured 18' (5.5m) in length and was 'built of several pieces of oak, though without ribs' but he is probably confusing this discovery with that of the probable composite vessel from Bankton (NS56SE 14).
[Buchanan] 1848, 170, 171; Wilson 1851, 35-6; R J C Mowat 1996.

 
Books and References

Duncan, J D (1883) 'Note regarding the ancient canoe recently discovered in the bed of the Clyde above the Albert Bridge', Trans Glasgow Archaeol Soc, vol.2
Page(s): 121-2

Mowat, R J C (1996) The logboats of Scotland, with notes on related artefact types, Oxbow Monograph series, no. 68 Oxford
Page(s): 40, 110, 120, 132, no. 60 tab. 1 Held at RCAHMS E.5.14.MOW

Senex and J B (1856) Glasgow past and present, embracing: 1- Loose memoranda on Glasgow subjects. By Senex. 2- Desultory Sketches,. By J.B Member of the Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow, and of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Volume 3 Glasgow
Page(s): Vol. 3, 556-7 Held at RCAHMS D.12.3.SEN.R

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