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Glasgow, Forth And Clyde Canal, Firhill Basin

Canal Basin (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Glasgow, Forth And Clyde Canal, Firhill Basin

Classification Canal Basin (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 167058

Site Number NS56NE 1697

NGR NS 5822 6786

NGR Description From NS 5807 6784 to NS 5825 6771

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Glasgow, City Of
  • Parish Glasgow (City Of Glasgow)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District City Of Glasgow
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Architecture Notes

NS56NE 1697.00 From NS 5807 6784 to NS 5825 6771.

see also: NS56NE 1697.01 5825 6770 East Footbridge

NS56NE 1697.02 5825 6768 Safety Gates

NS56NE 1697.03 5807 6786 West Footbridge

These old timber basins basically constitute the most under-utilised asset in Glasgow. One basin has been created by widening the canal on the offside as it takes an almost 180 degree bend. A second basin, kidney-shaped, lies within the curve. Bridges which formerly spanned the basin entrances at each end have been removed and thus the towpath has become an island, creating an ideal habitat for city wildlife. The inside curve of the basin next to Partick Thistle football stadium sports a footpath which rejoins the towpath at a point near to the E entrance to the basin.

The Forth and Clyde Canal Guidebook 1991.

Inside this 90 degree bend a kidney-shaped basin was formed, the outside of the bend being widened to create a timber basin. An island was created by the towpath.

G Hutton 1993.

The broad sweep of the canal in this section was widened in order to create a basin, a second kidney-shaped one being formed in the 'crook of the curve.' Other features of interest include a stranded section of towpath, created by the disappearance of the towpath bridges, and a small jetty and slip which allow young people the opportunity to practise sailing and canoeing. At one end of the basin a wartime stop lock was constructed. The purpose of this installation was to prevent possible bombing from breaching the canal.

H Brown 1997.

The large kidney shaped basin was used as a timber pond, as there were a number of sawmills in the Firrhill area. It is situated to the E of the Firrhill Bridge (NS56NE 1696).

G Hutton 1998.

This basin is shown on the 1st Edition of the OS map (Lanarkshire 1865, sheet vi) as a timber basin, the smaller basin being clearly marked on the other, NE side of the canal.

On the Current Edition of the OS 1:10 000 map (1984), it is possible that the wartime lock may be the feature shown on the canal, near the southern entrance to the basin, at NS 5825 6768.

Information from RCAHMS (MD) 24 August 2000.


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