The Trongate, Glasgow.

I’ve got a bit of an obsession going on with the Trongate area of Glasgow.
It’s one of the oldest streets in Glasgow and these days I’m spending more and more time down there.
I was thinking the other day about how little the Trongate seems to have changed over the years.

For instance,
I took this photo 2 days ago:

And here’s a drawing of the area facing the same direction from 1774:

I’ve been looking for photographs of Glasgow Cross and Trongate for 2 weeks now.
Here are some of the more interesting ones…

Looking West, 1770:

A lithograph depicting the visit of Queen Victoria to Glasgow in 1849:

Looking East, 1860:

1896:

1909:

Looking West,
This is an oil painting of the Trongate circa 1770-1790 by an unknown artist:

Notice the now demolished tollbooth to the right of the painting attached to the Clock Tower/Steeple.
That clock tower still stands and is well loved.

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  1. I love that area too Alan. Without sounding like the biggest wank I’d say that there is something residual round about there that transcends the physical world. Maybe it’s cause it’s more medieval than the rest of Glasgow, i.e. it’s a bit more lived in. Loved looking at the pictures of the olden days. 🙂

  2. Agreed.

    There and around Glasgow Cathedral.
    I think because Glasgow basically started there…ach, y’know what I’m on about Vicki.

    It’s good for a wander 🙂

  3. It’s a real shame that when you type:
    “Trongate, Glasgow” into youtube, you get the ugly side first:

  4. Thank you for this website, I was born in Glasgow, and left at 7, so I am enjoying reading this.


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