When I was four years old my family moved to Sandyhills, Glasgow. In those innocent days, I’d go outside with my tricycle whenever I could.
I would ride on Gilmerton Street, and sometimes part of Ochil Street if my mum accompanied me. Those moments are happy memories.
However one fine morning in summer, a gang of older boys were blocking my cycle route. The boys confidently introduced themselves as ” The Sandyhills Shavers”
After the warm introductions, they grabbed the tricycle handlebars and mumbled something threatening. The Sandyhills Shavers pushed me off the tricycle and ran away with it laughing.
Who said East End living was easy?
Well, I ran home and informed Dad. He went looking for these pesky Shavers. But Dad didn’t find them. Hours later he found my tricycle. Battered and broken on a local street.
My beloved tricycle met its untimely end on Dalness Street. Formerly known as Calton Street.
Calton Street, Glasgow
My great grandparents Arthur Sherry (1857-1918) and Jane Mallin (1860-1944) moved to 55 Calton Street, Tollcross at some point after 1911 and around the time of the First World War with their younger children.
My Grandfather Thomas Sherry (1901-1955) had older brothers living in the Longriggend area by 1913. However, the majority would later join the family in Tollcross.
Other Sherry relatives relocated to Glasgow and I will explore their stories in future posts.
As War arrived, Grandad’s brothers Peter (1886-1918) lived at Easterhill Street. Arthur (1889-1958) at Causewayside Street in an area which was known as ‘ The Pen ‘
Thomas’ brother Michael (1893-1967) may have moved from Arden to Tollcross by 1915. His Attestation Paper for World War One dated 27th October 1915 listed place of Residence as “Back Lane ” Tollcross.
After the War, Michael resided in Barblues, a lost mining village outside Airdrie. Later he settled in the village of Plains and stayed there for the rest of his life.
The Sherry family move to Calton Street began a link to the street with descendants of my Great Grandparents Arthur and Jane living there until at the late 1970s
Calton Street was in an area also known as ‘Egypt’ There are a few stories explaining why it was known as Egypt.
The explanation told to me years ago, was a Solider who was stationed in Egypt bought the farm on Calton Street. He renamed it to “Egypt Farm”
The Council renamed Calton Street to Dalness Street in the 1920s. Dalness Street appears on the majory of records I found when researching Glasgow Sherry ancestors.
When my Grandfather married Jane O’Donnell (1904-1991) in 1928 his marriage certificate recorded 55 Dalness Street as his usual residence. His brother John Sherry (1896-1947) and sister-in-law Agnes Lyle Stewart (1893-1941) were witnesses. When John and Agnes married in 1920, they were neighbours in Calton Street, with Agnes living at number 69.
However, by 1928 John and Agnes were in Roughrigg, Longriggend. He would return to Dalness Street later in life.
The Council demolished the original housing, making way for the current blocks of flats. I believe my relatives were the first tenants.
After a sojourn to Parkhead in the late 1920s, my Grandfather’s eldest surviving brother James Sherry (1884-1962) and his wife Mary Christie (1880-1974) had a flat on Dalness Street for rest of their respective lives.
They had at least thirteen children, some of whom ended up staying in the street later in life.
An interesting piece of information came to light when I was researching something else. I found out that James and Mary’s son Peter Sherry (1913-1973) was a boxer during the 1930s.
Dalness Street Family Visits
My Grandfather would take his children to visit their Uncle ‘Jimsey” and Auntie Mary at least once a week. One of my Aunt’s recollected these visits. When she and her sisters were children the Sherrys would get together for dinner regularly in and that they were a close-knit bunch.
Grandfather’s sister Alice Sherry (1903-1972) gave the younger children fruit to talk home. She ran a fruit and veg stall at Glasgow’s Barrowlands.
Dalness Street continued as a regular fixture on the family visiting circuit until my Grandfather’s death in the spring of 1955.
Dalness Street Connects
As the older generation began to pass away, our side of the family lost touch with many Cousins. When I was young, I never met another Sherry, and my older brothers have no recollection of any either.
I first encountered another Sherry relative in my mid-thirties on Ancestry. Dalness Street cropped up during our all too brief conversation.
Research has led me to make brief contact with other Sherry relatives and very quickly Dalness Street is our common frame of reference when talking about our shared family history.
Like the former coal mining village of Longriggend, the fairly unremarkable Dalness Street has an important historic link to the Sherry family story. And it remains in the collective living memory.
My personal memory of Dalness Street is the day my tricycle died. What are your memories of Dalness Street?