Glasgow’s Backbone: From the Saltmarket to the Cathedral


In Glasgow’s Treasure Chest, 1951, James Cowan refers to walking up “Glasgow’s backbone, starting at the foot of the Saltmarket, and continuing up High Street to the Cathedral.” This walk follows Cowan’s, and looks at the massive changes that have taken place, with illustrations and accounts of the area over several centuries.

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Looking up the Saltmarket, from the top of the Judiciary Building.                                                         Judiciary Building.


Thomas Fairbairn, Timber-fronted Houses at 77 Saltmarket, in the 1840s.



Joseph Swan, View of the Trongate                       GlasgowCross

The Tontine Building, Trongate.                               The Tobooth and Tontine Building from the Saltmarket.



The High Street, looking north from its junction with Duke Street.

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Views of the Cathedral, and Cathedral Square.



The old Royal Infirmary.

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This walk will be available from April 2020.