One Man and No Man’s Land1870
One Man and No Man's Land
The Dixon ownership of the land of Govanhill and the wealth under it made them one of the richest families in Victorian Britain. The area was known as “No Man’s Land “ because there was no burgh here. But with the growth of population two were created in the 1870s. William Smith Dixon (grandson of the original) gifted the Burgh Halls – but with two entrances- one facing Dixon Avenue for Crosshill burgh and one facing Cathcart Road for Govanhill burgh. Later known as Dixon Halls it is now a community facility. Many of the street names have Dixon associations –Calder St after another of their collieries, Hickman St and Batson St after friends and it is said locally that Daisy and Annette Streets are named after daughters.