We have been studying ‘Divided City’ by Theresa Breslin and noticed that some of the places in the book have been based on real places in Glasgow. Bridgebar is based on Bridgeton, the Garngath is based on the Garngad and the Merchant City is based on the real Merchant City. We decided to find out more about these places.
Bridgeton is an area of Glasgow. Bridgeton is a relative new comer to Glasgow’s history. The land which the village was founded on belonged to Barrowfield Estate, a title that now only survives in the name of a street and a local hosing estate. For many years now, Bridgeton has been considered the centre of the Orange Order in Scotland.
The Merchant City is in the centre of Glasgow. The Merchant City is one of the oldest parts in Glasgow. The pretty little area is where the dog and other amimals markets were. There were boiling greens and places that were entertaning. The Merchant City now contains lots of boutiques, specialist shops, cafes, bars and restaurants as well as some modern apartment buildings.
The Garngad is in the north of Glasgow, in an area called Royston. The name Garngad came from a Gaelic word ‘Garn’ meaning rough ground. The Gad Burn used to run through the area and, on an old map, you can see it came from Balornock Poorhouse. Athough many people think Garngad is ‘The Garden of God’, It is also known as ‘the good and the bad’.