Carlton Bridge

The terraced mansions of Carlton Place have a prestige riverfront site, fronting onto the river.

The development attempts to compose a whole street in a symmetrical architectural composition.

There were once pavilions acting as terminal points at either end while the centre is still dominated by the imposing facade of nos. 51 and 52, the latter being Laurieston House, James Laurie's own home. Its interior contains some of the finest decorative plasterwork in Glasgow, a spiral staircase lit by an oval cupola supported by Corinthian columns, and unusual design features. The architect, Peter Nicholson (1765-1844) spent eight years in Glasgow and also designed a classical style quadrangle for the Old College (demolished), before moving to spent the rest of his career as an architect and influential writer on architecture, in England.

The success of these new city areas was limited and in the end their aspirations were subverted by the overwhelming demands of rapidly growing industry and trade and the influx of artisans who worked in the numerous industries still located in and around the city centre. The area eventually became decayed and very over-crowded, part of The Gorbals once notorious reputation.  The area has since undergone several major redevelopments. Carlton Place remains a reminder of its past splendour and ambition.

Also at Victoria Bridge and the Merchant City (Back to Listing)