Glasgow’s West End originally developed in Victorian and Edwardian times, and embraces an eclectic mix of

  • Tenements (including the extensive and homogeneous blocks in Hyndland c1900)
  • Terraces (eg the grade A “Great Western Terrace” by Alexander Thomson)
  • Villas (for instance in Dowanhill and Kelvinside)
  • Churches (eg Honeyman’s classical Struthers Memorial Church; Sellar’s Sainte-Chapelle inspired Kelvinside-Hillhead Church)
  • Retail premises (mainly Byres Rd and Great Western Rd, some with original fascias)
  • University (George Gilbert Scott) – details in the University Conservation Strategy
  • Lanes (former mews converted to commercial and domestic use eg Ashton Lane)
  • Botanic Gardens (including the remarkable Kibble Palace glasshouse)

 

Glasgow West Conservation Area (GWCA)

Glasgow has 23 conservation areas, “Central” and “Glasgow West” being the largest. A designated conservation area is defined as

an area of special architectural or historic interest, the character or appearance of which it is desirable to preserve or enhance

Glasgow West Conservation Area Appraisal, published by Glasgow City Council in 2010, provides authoritative detailed information on the full range of aspects.

The National Library of Scotland’s Online Maps are an excellent way to view historic maps of the West End.

West End Addresses & Occupants 1844-1915 is an interesting locally-produced website.

 

Listed Buildings

Glasgow’s Listed Buildings number over 1800, all afforded special protection by their “A”, “B” or “C(S)” category. A number of these are PostWar. Glasgow’s Property Database may be used to check whether any city address is “Listed” and / or is located within a Conservation Area.  Alternatively, you can search Historic Scotland’s Listed Buildings database.  Friends of Glasgow West is currently preparing a members’ publication detailing the West End’s superb collection of about 400 listed buildings, many of them category “A”.

 

Local Community Councils

Several local community councils lie within or adjoin the West End.

Local community councils are neighbourhood groups that promote the wellbeing of residents by ascertaining, co-ordinating and expressing to local authorities and other public bodies the views of the community.

West End and neighbouring community council information can be accessed via our Links page.