Gorbals Architecture

Tonight, I am providing information a prospective tour itinerary covering Glasgow’s Gorbals district and environs.

First stop at the People’s Palace (1898) on Glasgow Green. Latter comprises a museum focused on the social history of Glasgow with a winter gardens attached which is home to exotic plants and a cafe.

Close to the Peoples Palace can be found the Doulton Fountain (1888), world’s largest terracotta fountain and the Templeton Carpet Factory (1892) which was modelled on the Doge’s Palace in Venice.

Winter Garden, Glasgow Green

People’s Palace, Glasgow Green

Next, walk across Glasgow Green, passing historic clothes drying poles where locals hung out washing to dry until the 1970s,then over St Andrews Suspension Bridge (1855) which spans the River Clyde from where a grain whisky distillery can seen.

Clothes Poles, Glasgow Green

Doulton Fountain, Glasgow Green.

Templeton Carpet Factory, Glasgow Green. 

View from St Andrews Bridge

Strathclyde Grain Distillery

On reaching the Gorbals take time to view the modern and attractive architecture, a major improvement on the appalling living conditions of the 1930s.

The Gorbals has a history dating back to the 13th century subsequent to which:

  • It was home to a leper colony in the 14th century.
  • Grew in the Middle Ages and gained a reputation for gun manufacture plus weaving, skinning and metal working.
  • Became industrialised in the 19th century with coal mining, a canal and a railway.
  • Became home to thousands of Jewish refugees in the 19th century .
  • Suffered from high unemployment due to industrial decline in the 20th century.
  • Experienced depopulation in the 20th century with population dropping from 85,000 in 1931 to about 8800 now.

Gorbals Architecture

St Francis Community Centre.

Gorbals Boys Public Art

Gorbals Architecture.

Gorbals Architecture, Glasgow

Statue

Street Statue, Gorbals, Glasgow

Gorbals Architecture

Next to the nearby Southern Necropolis, a massive cemetery which holds 250,000 burials.

Entrance to Southern Necropolis

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