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The Hurdy Gurdy.

Lister Street, Townhead, Glasgow.


Hurdy Gurdy

The Hurdy Gurdy. 1991.

What is a Hurdy Gurdy...

In the NEWS 1978.

The Real truth about the Hurdy Gurdy

"What is, or was, a Hurdy Gurdy? There is a pub in Townhead with that name, and its motif is a barrel-organ.

In my young days in that district, a hurdy-gurdy was a circular tent, hand-winched, which came round the streets and we youngsters used to pay a half-penny for about a minute's merry-go-round."

A Hurdy-Gurdy was a hand-manipulated street organ, sometimes full-sized and sometimes a smaller affair on the top of a wee pole. In olden times some of them had a small monkey trained to operate the handle which attracted weans and adults alike.


In the NEWS 1979...

Hurdy Gurdy Town Head Glasgow 1979

This is the pub that Anna Kenna left before she was killed in 1977. He body was found after a fox had dug up her body in the countryside.


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