A brief history of Glasgow’s popular parks for your next fall stroll

Autumn has officially arrived in Glasgow.

The nights are approaching, there is a slight chill in the air and the leaves are starting to fall.

It’s too tempting to stay indoors on the colder days, but it’s still important to get out in the fresh air as much as possible.

As you go out, it is probably worth learning the history of the places, streets and buildings you pass while walking around our city. And, let’s face it, Glasgow has a lot of stories to tell.

From Kelvingrove to Glasgow Green, here are a few bits of history about some of the city’s most popular parks to remember on your next stroll.

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Queen’s Park



Pond at Queen’s Park

Queen’s Park stretches out on the south side, where the Battle of Langside raged on May 13, 1568 – ending the Queen of Scots’ hopes of reclaiming the throne and ultimately resulting in her imprisonment and execution.

An army in support of the Queen was marching from Hamilton towards Dumbarton Castle when they clashed with the forces commanded by Regent Moray in the area where the Langside Memorial now stands. A circle of large stones at the highest point in the park is believed to be the remains of an encampment that formed an important military position in the Battle of Langside.

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Around 300 are estimated to have died on the Queen’s side, with a handful of deaths on Moray’s side.

The Camphill Mansion was once a museum with costumes and relics related to the Battle of Langside for the public, although it closed in the 1980s and has been turned into private apartments.

You can read more about the Battle of Langside here.

Glasgow Green



The Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens in Glasgow Green
The Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens in Glasgow Green

Scotland’s oldest park is an important public space steeped in history; donated to the people of Glasgow by Bishop Turnbull in 1450 and becoming a site of protest and social change through the centuries.

It was in Glasgow Green that the first Steamie was established in 1732 and where Charles Edward Stuart inspected his army after returning from a failed mission to England in 1745. It was there that James Watt invented the steam engine, launching the revolution. industrial. The Green also hosted the Glasgow Fair and this is where the Rangers were founded.

For centuries Glasgow Green was first used for washing, bleaching clothes, grazing, drying fishing nets and swimming – the people of Glasgow dragging their laundry there until 1977.

Glasgow Green is best known for housing the People’s Palace, a social history museum that opened to the public in 1898.

You’ll also find the Winter Gardens – unfortunately closed to the public for the foreseeable future – next to the Doulton Fountain, erected to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee in 1887.

Take a look at Glasgow Green heritage trail.



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Kelvingrove Park



Kelvingrove Park in the Sun
Kelvingrove park in the sun

In 1852, the city purchased land and created what was originally known as West End Park; Scotland’s first purpose-built and built park created in response to pollution and overcrowded conditions created by rapid urban growth. The Kelvingrove layout was designed by Sir Joseph Paxton, the eminent architect of the Crystal Palace and Glasgow Botanic Gardens.

The park has been used twice for international exhibitions: once in 1888, which attracted six million visitors and in 1901, which attracted over 11 million and saw the opening of the Kelvingrove Museum, followed by the exhibition Scottish National Park in 1911. You can see the Kelvingrove Heritage Trail here.

The famous Doulton Fountain in Glasgow Green was originally located in Kelvingrove for the 1888 International Exhibition.



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Botanical gardens



Croquettes Palace
Croquettes Palace

Head to the Botanical Gardens to learn more about the city’s fascinating heritage. This park is home to the Kibble Palace, Britain’s largest greenhouse, which houses a collection of tree ferns and plants from five continents.

The park was originally founded by botanist Thomas Hopkirk in 1817 on an eight-acre site at the west end of Sauchiehall Street in Sandyford, with help from the University of Glasgow. It eventually became too large for the site and was moved in 1839 to the banks of the River Kelvin, where it reopened in 1842. The Glasgow Corporation took over full ownership of the Botanic Gardens in 1891, allowing the gardens and gardens. greenhouses to be free to the public in law.

The Kibble Palace is the crown jewel of the Botanical Gardens; it was originally built as a conservatory in the home of entrepreneur John Kibble in Loch Long before he sold the glass structure to the Royal Botanic Institution in Glasgow in 1873, where it was rebuilt and enlarged . Within a few years, the institute incurred a huge debt by acquiring the palace and was saved by a loan of £ 25,000 from the city.

You can find out more and follow the heritage trail here.

Pollok Park



Pollok Country Park
Pollok Country Park

Pollok Park is the largest park in the city of Glasgow and since the 13th century was the ancestral home of the wealthy Maxwell family. The magnificent Pollok House was built in 1750 and extended in 1890 on the site to the west of the old castle.

The woods and walled garden of Pollok Park date from 1741 and the wooded garden from the end of the 18th century. The 10th Baronet of Pollok built the formal terraced gardens in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Pollok House is also home to the world-famous Burrell Collection – the collection of antiques and art by shipping magnate William Burrell, which features medieval art, modern sculptures, and other ancient artifacts from around the world. Unfortunately, it has been closed to visitors since 2016 for renovations and is expected to reopen next year.

Another big draw is the adorable Highland Cattle Fold, which you can spot grazing in a field in the country park.

You can check out the Pollok Park Heritage Trail here.

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