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The Waverley Bar.

708 Gallowgate, East End of Glasgow.


The Waverley Gallowgate

The Waverley Bar on the Gallowgate. The tram is turning from Rowchester Street were the tram depot was.

There has been a pub on this site since 1865, the licensee was a lady called Mary Bradley. The pub stayed in the same family for almost eighty years. In 1880 Mrs J Bradley was the licensee after which Catherine Bradley took over the pub. She got married to James Hughes a publican in Springburn who owned Hughes Bar at 147 Springburn Road. This meant the business expanded, James owned pubs in Springburn Road and Castle Street, which the Waverley was owned by Catherine.

In 1899 Catherine Bradley Hughes paid an annul rent of £125 for the Gallowgate pub which was called the Waverley Bar, 147 Springburn was was £110 and 132 Castle Street at the corner of Alexandra Parade was £120.

Catherine died in 1902, her son John James Hughes took control of the business interests as trustee, this was not so hard for him as he worked with his mother for years in the licensed trade. John continued to run the pub until after the First World War, John died in the 1930s. The pubs were then split, Miss Mary Campbell Hughes took over the Waverley Bar the two other pubs were taken over by Thomas Bernard Hughes. Mary and Thomas were probably John's daughter and son.

In the summer of June 1919 after the First World War, John James Hughes who was licensee of the Waverley was fined £5.00 at the Licensing Courts for having under the Spirit Restriction Order in respect that he failed to mark on the receptable from which the spirit were drawn the maximum price.

Mr James Mortimer well known Glasgow publican and owner of some of the best clubs and restaurants in and around Glasgow once owned the Waverley Bar, in fact this was his first public house. He then went on to own the Sandmyle on Tollcross Road. His company is Lynnet Leisure.

To read more on the pubs on the Gallowgate read up & Doon the Gallowgate by John Gorevan. A copy can be bought for a few pounds at the Hielan Jessie on the Gallowgate or contact me at john@oldglasgowpubs.co.uk


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