The Merchant City

Bridgegate, Saltmarket and the High Street were the main streets in medieval Glasgow.

The trading communities were clustered near the river with Glasgow Cathedral and the College (later University) further uphill.

Well into the 19th century this area remained the city centre. Stately shopping streets and the wealthy homes of 'tobacco lairds' contrasted with appalling over-crowding in unhealthy tenements. The area was largely rebuilt in the late 19th century as the city expanded west and south.

Following decline in the late 20th century the Merchant City has been revitalised and many old buildings refurbished.

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

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