Nelson Monument on Glasgow Green, Scotland

This evening, I am posting images and information on Glasgow Green, Scotland following my cycle ride through the area this afternoon.

Glasgow Green is an area of parkland (common land) now used for recreation and other purposes within walking distance of the City of Glasgow.

Nelson Monument with Glasgow City in distance.

The River Clyde runs to the South and West of Glasgow Green.

Going back into the past, the Green was used for public executions and during a short spell in late 1745/early 1746 Bonnie Prince Charlie’s army camped here. Of greater importance was the ‘brain wave’ which occurred to James Watt during a stroll on the Green in 1765 which led to an improvement in the efficiency of the steam engine which went on to power the Industrial Revolution.

There are large coal deposits under the Green which have never been exploited due to public opposition.

Important monuments and buildings on the Green include:

  • Nelson’s Column, 1806
  • People’s Palace and Winter Garden, 1896.
  • McLennan Arch, 1792.
  • Doulton Fountain, 1888.
  • Templeton Carpet Factory, 1889.
  • Drying Green.

Nelson’s Monument, Glasgow Green

People’s Palace & Winter Gardens

McLennan Arch, Glasgow Green.

Doulton Fountain, Glasgow Green.

Templeton Carpet Factory.

Drying Green n Glasgow Green.

Today, Glasgow Green probably ranks as a low priority for visitors to Glasgow although the sightseeing bus does call at the People’s Palace. On the plus side the World Pipe Band Championships are held on the Green together with various other public events.

Parkland at Glasgow Green

Strathclyde Grain Distillery, Gorbals from Glasgow Green

Sculling practice on the River Clyde at Glasgow Green

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