Glasgow Green, Scotland

This evening, I am focusing on Glasgow Green, an elongated piece of parkland within walking distance of central Glasgow. To the west and south runs the River Clyde whilst to the north and east is a built up area including London Road.

Glasgow Green is common land, a status ratified in 1450 by Bishop Turnbull.

Today, the Green is still an expansive open space used for recreation and events. It is also populated with many historic and interesting buildings and monuments as illustrated below.

Here is the 144 ft high Nelson’s Column dating from 1806. It was erected by public subscription to commemorate Viscount Nelson’s life consequent upon his death at his famous victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805.

Nelson’s Column, Glasgow Green, Scotland

Here is the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens which dates from 1898. The building is designed in French Renaissance style and houses a museum of popular and social history.

People’s Palace, Glasgow Green, Scotland

Here is the McLennan Arch which stands at the northern entrance to the Green, in the Saltmarket. This arch dates from 1792 and is one of the few extant examples in Glasgow of work by famous Scots architects, Robert and James Adam. The Arch originally formed the centrepiece of the Assembly Rooms in Ingram Street.

McLennan Arch, Glasgow Green, Scotland


Here is the Doulton Fountain which is located close to the People’s Palace. This fountain dates from 1888 and is the largest three-storey structure terracotta fountain in the world. The fountain was originally displayed  at the Glasgow International Exhibition of Industry and Science of 1888.

Doulton Fountain, Glasgow Green, Scotland

Here is the surviving facade of Templeton’s Carpet Factory which dates from 1889. This was designed by William Leiper and is modelled on the Doge’s Palace in Venice. The structure is built in polychrome terracotta  and a ‘Ruabon’ brick decoration of high quality.

To the left of the image is an annexe which now houses a craft brewery, restaurant and bar.

Templeton’s Carpet Factory, Glasgow Green, Scotland

This image shows the Drying Green. The iron posts supported washing lines for the drying of local people’s washing.


Drying Green, Glasgow Green, Scotland


Here is an image of sculling on the adjacent River Clyde, an illustration of recreational and sporting activities undertaken in the area.

Sculling on River Clyde at Glasgow Green, Scotland

Overall, Glasgow Green contains much history and interesting architecture. There is easy access from the city centre.