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Next giant mural could be seen in the east end

Thenue Housing Association has commissioned the work, in London Road, near Bridgeton Cross, to mark its 40th anniversary in October 2019.

The association manages a number of buildings in the area, and is seeking permission for the mural to be created on a prominent gable at 499 London Road, near Bridgeton., and is near their head office.

The mural would depict the moment Princess Theneva was rescued from the River Forth by St Serf of Culross Abbey, while she was pregnant with the future St Mungo (Glasgow’s patron saint and founder), after being cast out by her father.

In a statement submitted with the application, Ali Smith of ArtPistol explains: “It is this brief moment of fate, which is to become part of the origin story of Glasgow, that we want to capture in the mural.

“This is not going to be a religious mural, with religious imagery. We are avoiding that and looking to visualise the moment in a contemporary way. It is all about that moment Serf meets Thenue [Theneva], the sheer significance of it, the fortuitous and beautiful timing, and creating a stunning piece of street art.”

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In more detail…

The new street art will feature Princess Theneva or Saint Enoch (Thenue), who lived from 510 to about 570.

She was the daughter of King Loth of the Gododdin, and mother of St Mungo or St Kentigern – the patron saint and founder of Glasgow.

The work will capture the moment Theneva was rescued by Saint Serf of Culross Abbey in Fife after her dad had thrown her into the River Forth.

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This would add to the existing murals on this theme in High Street and George Street.

So, here’s the ‘before’ shot.

499 London Road at Abercromby Street

499 London Road at Abercromby Street


17/05/2019 - Posted by | Civilian, council, photography | , , ,


  1. No it won’t they didn’t get permission


    Comment by Kate cardia | 04/09/2019

  2. Link please?

    Local media reported approval in June, a month after the application.


    Comment by Apollo | 04/09/2019

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