What was here before? John Bryce & the planning of West Princes St & Queens Crescent.4 min
Construction of the M84 min
49 W. Princes St. The Oscar Slater case, the murder of Miss Marion Gilchrist2 min
Frank Kuppner & Marion Bernstein3 min
Birthplace of William Ramsay Nobel Prize winning chemist.2 min
Scotland's first official LGBT club3 min
Clubs and hostels3 min
Queens Crescent Pleasure Garden, one of the oldest gardens in Glasgow’s West End.1 min
Compensation payments on the abolition of slavery4 min
The Glasgow Theosophical Society2 min
Postcard Records, home of Orange Juice, Aztec Camera & Joseph K3 min
Drill Hall, Ballet School, Student Residencies3 min
New Glaswegians; Settling in Woodlands3 min
The walk ends here3 min
A Very Quiet Street? Exploring the hidden histories of West Princes Street and Queens Crescent.
Writers Zoë Strachan and Louise Welsh lead a half-mile walk along West Princes Street & Queen’s Crescent engaging with two hundred years of social and cultural history, including North Atlantic slavery, city planning, art, literature, music, crime, LGBTQ+ lives, new communities, scientific innovation, esoterica and more. Originally part of the 1840s and 50s’ grand city plan, West Princes Street is now adjacent to the M8 motorway. Community activism challenged some of the planning proposals of the late 1960s and early 1970s. Home of Postcard Records, host to Scotland’s first ‘gay movement club’, site of one of Glasgow’s most infamous murders, birthplace of a Nobel Prize winner, inspiration to novelists and poets - explore stories hidden behind tenement and townhouse doors.