Glasgow, United Kingdom

A Very Quiet Street? West Princes St & Queens Cres

A Very Quiet Street? West Princes St & Queens Cres

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14 tour stops


Woodlands Community Garden

What was here before? John Bryce & the planning of West Princes St & Queens Crescent.

4 min

East End of West Princes St M8 Motorway

Construction of the M8

4 min

Square Mile of Murder

49 W. Princes St. The Oscar Slater case, the murder of Miss Marion Gilchrist

2 min

Literary legacies

Frank Kuppner & Marion Bernstein

3 min

William Ramsay Nobel Prize winning chemist.

Birthplace of William Ramsay Nobel Prize winning chemist.

2 min

The Club

Scotland's first official LGBT club

3 min

Social life, community and care

Clubs and hostels

3 min

Queens Crescent Pleasure Garden

Queens Crescent Pleasure Garden, one of the oldest gardens in Glasgow’s West End.

1 min

Legacies of Empire

Compensation payments on the abolition of slavery

4 min

The Glasgow Theosophical Society

The Glasgow Theosophical Society

2 min

Postcard Records

Postcard Records, home of Orange Juice, Aztec Camera & Joseph K

3 min

Drill Hall

Drill Hall, Ballet School, Student Residencies

3 min

New Glaswegians; Settling in Woodlands

New Glaswegians; Settling in Woodlands

3 min

West End of the Street, in sight of the Kelvin

The walk ends here

3 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.

Itinerary 761 m / 1:00

Offline map included

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