A Gift Horse

1914

A Gift Horse

In 1914, after the invasion by Germany, about 8,000 Belgian refugees arrived in Glasgow. Many of them were taken in and housed by Govanhill families. Horse meat was a favourite dish and soon horse butchers to cater for this were set up. One was said to have been in Victoria Road near Cuthbertson Street. Towards the end of WW1 the Belgians gifted a memorial tree in nearby Queens Park thanking the people of Glasgow.

 

One hundred years later Govanhill continues to be a safe haven for those who have had to leave their homeland due to war or persecution. These days you will find refugees and asylum seekers from such places as Iran, Somalia, Iraq, and Zimbabwe. About 60 different languages are spoken in Govanhill. And they are also gifting something back, for example by volunteering in community projects.

  • People from Cameroon doing a street clean up

  • People from Cameroon doing a street clean up
  • "A Belgian Refugee" by Norah Nelson Gray (Kelvingrove Gallery)

  • "A Belgian Refugee" by Norah Nelson Gray (Kelvingrove Gallery)