Glasgow Attractions: Merchant City

Harrison and Georgina take a visit to Glasgow’s centre – Merchant City. The area now known as ‘Merchant City’ was developed after the 1750’s century. Houses and warehousing of the wealthy merchant “tobacco lords” who prospered in shipping, amongst other things, tobacco, sugar and tea to the Clyde and fabricated goods to the Americas were built in the area. The area west of the High Street formed the historic backbone of the city, the development of what is now known as with wide, straight streets, vistas, and squares, marked the beginning of a process of aspirational residential movement westwards that would continue throughout the 19th century and into the 20th with the development of Blythswood Hill, Hillhead and the West End of Glasgow.

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