An architectural drawing of the ground floor of a tenement on Napiershall Street in Woodside. It was produced by J Shanks Smith for Charles Buchanan of Holyrood Crescent.
The bed-recesses adjoining the kitchens and dining rooms of these apartments were common in the 19th century. In tenements belonging to wealthy tenement-dwellers, the housemaid often slept in the bed-recess.
The communal wash-house and the ashpit (a rudimentary "dry" toilet)were located outside the building in the backcourt. During the 17th and 18th centuries, tenement ashpits provided a regular supply of manure which could be sold on by the proprietor of the building, supplementing his income from the tenants' rent.
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries, Information and Learning
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