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At Provand's Lordship you can step back into Glasgow's past in the only house to survive from the medieval city. Now open to the public, Provand's Lordship has been extensively restored to give a real flavour of life in medieval Glasgow.
The house was built in 1471 as part of St Nicholas's Hospital by Andrew Muirhead, Bishop of Glasgow, and you can still see the bishop's coat of arms on the eastern side of the south gable.
The building was offered to the City of Glasgow District Council by the Provand's Lordship Society in 1978. Thanks to the donation of a fine collection of seventeenth-century Scottish furniture by Sir William Burrell, you can experience what a domestic interior of around 1700 would have looked like, as well as admiring the medieval fabric of the building. A room on the first floor contains a display about Cuthbert Simson, a priest who lived in the house in the early sixteenth century century. Provand's Lordship stands opposite Glasgow cathedral and the St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art.
Behind the house is the St Nicholas garden, built in 1997. It is a medical herb garden, containing medicinal plants in use in the fifteenth century, designed to reflect the original purpose of the house.
The only house to survive from medieval Glasgow, Provandís Lordship lies close to Glasgow Cathedral and is a short walk from the Cityís main bus station and shopping precinct.
Due to the nature of Provandís Lordship, the oldest dwelling house in Glasgow, wheelchair access is confined to the ground floor only. Disabled toilets and other toilet facilities are available at St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art which is directly across the road from Provandís Lordship. Please ask our staff for assistance and further advice.
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