Gallus Glasgow B: the Barrowland

Stephen Sweeney CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons
Stephen Sweeney CC BY-SA 2.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Barrowland, in the East End of Glasgow, is a legendary street-market, affectionately known to all as The Barras. When it was started by Maggie McIver almost a hundred years ago it would, literally, have been a collection of barrows – over 300. Maggie went on to found the Barrowland Ballroom which is still going today (although it had to be rebuilt after a fire in 1958) as a major music venue. All the most gallus Glaswegians are seen there. When Maggie died she was a multi-millionaire – not bad for a girl from the East End!

Barrowland Ballroom
Barrowland Ballroom

A recent addition to the area is Barrowland Park with this art work by Jim Lambie. It’s a 100 metre pathway listing the names of 2000 of the bands who have played at Barrowlands since 1983. I’ve highlighted a couple that I know I was at! (Elvis Costello and Grinderman).

It’s C tomorrow – and I hope you’re hungry! We’re talking Glasgow’s favourite food.


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