Glasgow Green and the People’s Palace

People's Palace and Winter Gardens
People’s Palace and Winter Gardens

Glasgow Green is our oldest park, established in the 15th century. It’s also home to the People’s Palace (social history museum) with its magnificent Winter Gardens. Other landmarks include the Nelson Monument (1806, thus predating Nelson’s Column in London by three decades), the William Collins Fountain commemorating a 19th century Lord Provost (Mayor) and the McLennan Arch, a remnant of Assembly Rooms which were demolished in 1890. The arch has led a peripatetic existence since, landing in its current position in 1991.

On our last visit, we had a specific object in mind. The People’s Palace was hosting the five shortlisted maquettes for a proposed statue of Mary Barbour, a social activist who led the Glasgow rent strikes in 1915. These two were my favourites  – read more and see the other maquettes on Adventures of a Retired Librarian.

When we emerged, dusk was falling. The Doulton Fountain in front of the Palace looked spectacular.

Doulton Fountain
Doulton Fountain

By this time, we were hearing the siren voice of WEST Brewery, housed in the Templeton’s building. We didn’t resist.

An hour later, we re-emerged to find the Palace and fountain had taken on a ghostly appearance. Or was that just the beer? You decide!

People's Palace and Doulton Fountain
People’s Palace and Doulton Fountain

37 thoughts on “Glasgow Green and the People’s Palace

  1. Lori L MacLaughlin December 5, 2015 / 19:43

    That is a ghostly photo. And the Winter Gardens building is beautiful. All these blog posts would make wonderful travel magazine articles. It seems like it would be a perfect side career for you.


    • Anabel Marsh December 1, 2015 / 14:45

      Um, does he have an interest in social history? Or maybe, just a thought, beer?


  2. Su Leslie December 1, 2015 / 08:16

    Love both of the maquettes. How will the winner be chosen?


    • Anabel Marsh December 1, 2015 / 08:36

      I think the group which campaigned and raised money for the statue will choose, but they are showing the maquettes in various places and gathering public opinion. From what I could see, the Longworth was most popular (single figure with placard) so I hope that will feed into the decision.

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      • Su Leslie December 1, 2015 / 17:41

        Interesting! It can be such a nightmare choosing a particular work to produce. My initial response was in favour of the Logworth, but I did have second thoughts. The Andrew Brown is a little more expressionistic, but captures the sense of social action as being about groups of people rather than an individual (which of course may not exactly fit the brief of a sculpture of honour Mary Barbour). It will be interesting to see what is finally chosen. I’ve just had a look at the campaign FaceBook page, which has all the maquettes on it. I’m definitely favouring the Brown!


        • Anabel Marsh December 1, 2015 / 18:01

          Yes, I love that one too. The Rent Strikers were referred to as “Mrs Barbour’s Army” so it’s entirely appropriate. The reason I like these two is the sense of movement and purpose. I found the others a bit lifeless.


          • Su Leslie December 1, 2015 / 18:29

            Yes, I can see that. I quite liked the Morag McLean (probably because it had the “army”) but is it a bit flat — obviously 🙂

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  3. Marcia Strykowski December 1, 2015 / 00:04

    Great pictures. I’ve never been there, but it looks beautiful. Thanks for sharing!


  4. TanGental November 30, 2015 / 19:09

    lovely pics; not sure we’ve been to the park despite visiting Glasgow on a good dozen times


    • Anabel Marsh November 30, 2015 / 19:46

      Definitely worth a visit next time. The museum in the People’s Palace is good and WEST is great for lunch, or just a beer. Or two.

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  5. susan@marsha'sbungalow November 30, 2015 / 16:10

    …and the Arch. I love those roman-ish arches all over the place – a sign of history we simply don’t have in the USA.


    • Anabel Marsh November 30, 2015 / 16:16

      Thanks! I love the Green – the way it has so many monuments and buildings of different styles.

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  6. Heyjude November 30, 2015 / 15:34

    Love the glasshouse and what fabulous architecture on the Templeton’s building. Glasgow obviously has a lot to offer. (Oh and beautiful light on the first photo).


    • Anabel Marsh November 30, 2015 / 15:37

      Thanks. Templeton’s is modelled on the Doge’s Palace, allegedly. It was originally a carpet factory but had to be disguised to keep its rich neighbours happy. The back is much plainer.

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      • Heyjude November 30, 2015 / 15:40

        I hope you have more photos of the Winter Garden as that is the first topic of my new challenge beginning in January (on the flower blog). More about it tomorrow 😀

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  7. Pit November 30, 2015 / 14:59

    Thanks for taking me around Glasgow (again), and have a great week,


      • Pit November 30, 2015 / 15:32

        I sure hope you won’t stop writing, about Glasgow – and other places.


  8. Suzanne et Pierre November 30, 2015 / 14:47

    Lovely place. Thanks for the tour. I have only been to Glasgow once quite a long time ago but quite enjoyed the city. (Suzanne)


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