Fam­ily says good­bye to 80 years of his­tory

It was home sweet home through the gen­er­a­tions

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Edel Ke­nealy

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.”

• Has your home been in your fam­ily for more than 80 years? If so, let us know be email­ing news@ ruther­glen­re­former.co.uk.

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

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