History Of Glasgow

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Located on the banks of the River Clyde, Glasgow was once the second city of the Empire, producing ships, locomotives, cars and heavy engineering for the world. Its docks would see huge numbers of exports. But Glasgow is much more than this; it is a religious centre, with one of Scotland's earliest churches, a centre for the Virginia tobacco trade, a home of designers and architects, inventors and entrepreneurs, artists and industrialists.

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Glasgow is a city that has seen great change. Once the second city of the Empire, it was in 1999 chosen as the UK City of Architecture and Design. Beneath the veil of industrial grime, it would seem, was a place of incredible beauty. In this stunning guide to the city, re-released in paperback due to popular demand, authors Robert Jeffrey and Ian Johnson illustrate the history of this transformation.

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Beloved, reviled - and not only by Glaswegians - Glasgow isn't just the Industrial Revolution nor the Victorian slums. Founded in the sixth century, its forebears pushed back the Romans. The roof of its cathedral, founded in the twelfth century, survived the Reformation., Its fifteenth-century university welcomed Adam Smith and the Enlightenment. It prospered from sugar, tobacco, cotton and slavery in the eighteenth century, and saw the rise of the Red Clydesiders in the twentieth.

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A fascinating story of the development and growth of Glasgow's famous West End (possibly Scotland's grandest and most opulent Victorian suburb) this volume is appropriately lavish in its photography with more than 300 historic images (many never before published) included to illustrate the story. Along Great Western Road charts the architectural and social development of the West End from its earliest beginnings to the present day, celebrating the area's picturesque town-scape, illustrious residents (both past and present) and famous institutions, not least the University of Glasgow campus itself.

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