Geo-Trips :: Geograph-ers exploring Glasgow's Merchant City

Merchant City

A walk from George Square, Glasgow, Thu, 27 Jun 2019 by Rudi Winter

On the day after the Geograph AGM 2019 in Glasgow, a group of Geograph-ers met for a guided walk of the Merchant City. Our tour guide was local fellow member Richard Sutcliffe Link , who led us through the grid pattern of the area and explained some of its architectural features, occasionally referring back to Tony Lewis's talk at the AGM the day before.

We started at George Square, following down Buchanan Street to the arch at the entrance to the Merchant City at the rear end of the Gallery of Modern Art. We continued east, alternating between Ingram Street and Wilson Street to see the City Chambers, Hutcheson's Hall and some buildings that had been converted to adapt to modern uses. After a stroll across Ramshorn Graveyard, we saw murals of sport events of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and of wildlife scenes before passing by the Babbity Bowster pub, where the Geograph meet had begun two days earlier. A slight detour took us to former church St Andrew's in the Square, now a centre for scottish music and dance. From here, we walked down to the River Clyde and the McLennan Arch at the entrance to Glasgow Green, with the City of Glasgow College and the Central Mosque on the opposite bank. Following the north bank, we reached the suspension footbridge across the Clyde and returned to near the start via Buchanan Street.

Pictures from all participants of this walk are at

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On the map below, the grey line is the GPS track from this trip. Click the blue circles to see a photograph taken from that spot and read further information about the location. The blue lines indicate the direction of view. There is also a slideshow of this trip. ( )

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NS5965 : George Square and the City Chambers, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
George Square and the City Chambers, Glasgow
George Square occupies two squares of Glasgow's grid pattern, so is in fact a... more

NS5965 : John Street and City Chambers, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
John Street and City Chambers, Glasgow
Looking along John Street, which separates the two buildings belonging to the City... more

NS5965 : Letter of Guildry memorial, Hutcheson Street, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
Letter of Guildry memorial, Hutcheson Street, Glasgow
According to the plaque (see Tam Nugent's... more

NS5965 : Hutcheson's Hall, Hutcheson Street, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
Hutcheson's Hall, Hutcheson Street, Glasgow
The building was designed by David Hamilton and originally served as a hospital at... more

NS5965 : Brunswick Street, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
Brunswick Street, Glasgow
The three-storey frontage of this building has been preserved, even including the... more

NS5965 : Commonwealth Games mural "Badminton", Wilson Street, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
Commonwealth Games mural "Badminton", Wilson Street, Glasgow
One of several murals commissioned by the 2014 Commonwealth Games committee in the... more

NS5964 : St Andrew's in the Square, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
St Andrew's in the Square, Glasgow
Looking across the nave towards the altar of the former church... more

NS5964 : St Andrew's in the Square, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
St Andrew's in the Square, Glasgow
Looking across the nave towards the entrance. In many churches, the organ is... more

NS5964 : St Andrew's in the Square, Glasgow by Rudi Winter
St Andrew's in the Square, Glasgow
The church was opened as a Presbyterian church in 1756, taking 17 years to... more

NS5964 : McLennan Arch, Glasgow Green by Rudi Winter
McLennan Arch, Glasgow Green
The arch was originally part of the Assembly Rooms, which were demolished in 1890.... more

NS5964 : City of Glasgow College by Rudi Winter
City of Glasgow College
The riverside campus of the education establishment providing both further and... more

NS5964 : Glasgow Central Mosque by Rudi Winter
Glasgow Central Mosque
The mosque is located on the south bank of the River Clyde, in the Gorbals area of... more

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