Family says goodbye to 80 years of history
It was home sweet home through the generations
A Rutherglen woman has this week said goodbye to a home which holds more than 80 years of her family’s history.
Jean Bell’s family home on Cathcart Road saw weddings, births, funerals and war time loss throughout its 82 years in the ownership of the Bowles family.
Jean’s grandparents William and Jeanie moved into the two-bedroom four-in- a-block house in January 1935 and raised seven children there.
Their youngest daughter Rita was one year old then and remained in the house until she died aged 82 last year.
With the house sold, Jean says the property is unique and special having been in the one family for so long.
“I’m not sure if other local families have had a home for that length of time,” she said.
“My mother was seven when they moved there with her older brother John. My grandmother went on to have another four boys, William, James, Andrew and Charles; they were all married out of that house.”
A happy home, the Cathcart Road house was the base for the Bowles children, all but one of whom stayed in Rutherglen when they married. Charles moved to Partick then Renfrew.
Jean’s mother, also Jean, was the eldest daughter. She left the home in 1951 when she married Richard, but she was never far away.
Jean said: “I remember as a child I spent my life in that house. Every day my mother went there. There was a bomb shelter in the garden and my brothers, cousins and I used to climb on it, slide down it and play in it. There was an open area, a circle of grass in the middle of the houses that we used to play in too.”
Jean continued to visit the house as an adult and saw her grandmother pass away on Hogmanay 1967, followed by her grandfather in 1977.
But the family’s long ties with the house continued as Rita purchased it and lived there for the next 40 years.
“She moved there when she was one year old and lived there all her life,” Jean added.
“After Rita passed I would keep going down. So many big moments in our lives happened in that house. My mum’s older brother John went to war and unfortunately didn’t come back. His name John Bowles is on the town’s cenotaph.
“My grandmother died there but she was always felt about the house, the whole family was always round about her.”
After much thought, Jean and her family decided to sell the property and last week handed over the keys to 80 years of history.
Jean said: “It’s a very emotional time. I can’t believe it’s not in the family any more. I hope they enjoy the same memories that we have had. It’s a warm house, a good feeling house.”
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It’s a very emotional time. I can’t believe it’s not in the family any more Jean Bell
Cathcart Road Rita lived at the family home until her death last year aged 82