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Glasgow, 135 Bridgegate, Merchant's House And Steeple

House (17th Century), Steeple (17th Century)

Site Name Glasgow, 135 Bridgegate, Merchant's House And Steeple

Classification House (17th Century), Steeple (17th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Briggait; 72 Clyde Street; Bridgegate Steeple

Canmore ID 44287

Site Number NS56SE 75.01

NGR NS 59305 64671

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

Archaeology Notes

NS56SE 28 59305 64671

The Merchant's Hall stands on the S side of the Bridgegate. A translation of the latin inscription on the wall is: "This hall was founded by the pious liberality of the Merchants of the City of Glasgow in 1601 and rebuilt and enlarged in 1659." The Hall was taken down in 1818, leaving only the tower and spire known as the "Bridgegate Steeple", now the property of the Corporation.

A Gordon 11872; J M'Ure 1736; J Millar 1896.

The 'Bridgegate Steeple' is still standing, in a good state of preservation. There are signs of modern facing and pointing to be seen. Surveyed at NS 5931 6466.

Visited by OS (F D C) 10 September 1951.

Architecture Notes

The steeple remained when the Merchant's House was demolished in 1818, and was incorporated into the Fishmarket

Architect:

Sir William Bruce 1651 - 1659

Steeple not completed until several years later

EXTERNAL REFERENCE:

Mitchell Library

Glasgow in Former Times 1 p35

- 1 lithograph, design procured from Sir William Bruce of Kinross

- 2 illustrations of sculptures

Bygone Glasgow

- text illustration, reproduction of drawing

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