Look round the flat

Come in!

The first thing you’ll notice is the wally close. The close is the common entrance passage, and in Scotland, if it’s tiled we call it a wally close.


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You might also have heard of wally dugs:

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Wally in this instance means china/glazed ceramic, and there are various theories as to the origin of the name. We don’t need to go into them. Some very posh closes (Glasgow has some magnificent Victorian examples) are tiled all the way up to the top floor, but mostly – as with ours – it’s just the first part.

Uppa Close’s tenement dates from the 1940s/1950s, but it was extensively refurbished in the early 21st century. It is owned by a local Housing Association, and most of the flats are rented. A few, like ours, are privately owned.

We’re on the first floor, which means we have quite good views. Here’s out the back:

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The river Leven is behind those houses, and the hills in the background are known as Dumbarton Muir (moor). Dumbarton itself is out of sight to the right.

Uppa Close has one long narrow hall, with all the rooms opening off it:

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Here’s the bedroom. The twin beds can be pushed together. They will still have a small gap between the mattresses, but there will be a king size quilt.



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The living room has two sofas, one of which opens up into a double bed. Two small adults should be comfy enough, but two bigger folk might find it a squeeze.

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retro furniture in the living room





Here’s the bathroom:

the bathroom - there's a shower over the bath

And finally the kitchen:


we collect vintage tablecloths!




Hope you enjoyed your wee tour 🙂