This afternoon, I went down to the Gorbals area of Glasgow to view and photograph the fascinating display of diverse architecture on view.

Gorbals Architecture

Gorbals has a long history with records dating back to 1285 and includes Tradeston, Laurieston and Huchesontown. The name may have Gaelic origin and mean ‘rough village’ or a Brittonic (Welsh)¬†origin meaning ‘wide, spacious place’. Either way. the story of the Gorbals is reasonably well documented spanning 500 years as a village then 100 years of development during the industrial era culminating in a final period of decay and post war redevelopment. In the U.K. the Gorbals became a byword for social deprivation. However, extensive redevelopment during the period 1953-1996 has witnessed a transformation resulting a more confident community residing in a diversified and colourful architectural landscape-as evidenced in the images provided below. This collection includes the now ruined Caledonia Road Free Church design by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson which dates from 1856.

Gorbals Architecture

Gorbals Design

Gorbals Architecture

Gorbals Architecture

Gorbals Design

Gorbals Architecture

Gorbals Architecture

Caledonia Road Free Church

 This video clip shows the shopping centre at heart of the Gorbals community.

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