Blythswood Hill

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Blythswood Hill
Blythswood Hill is located in Glasgow council area
Blythswood Hill
Blythswood Hill
Blythswood Hill shown within Glasgow
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GlasgowCoordinates: 55°51′46″N 4°15′57″W / 55.862689°N 4.265708°W / 55.862689; -4.265708

Blythswood Hill is an area of Glasgow, Scotland.

It lies to the immediate west of the city centre and as the name suggests rises to a plateau before dipping again towards the west end area of Woodlands.

Blythswood Hill was developed as a result of the westward expansion of the city in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Likened to Edinburgh's New Town, it housed the city's wealthy merchants and shipping magnates in four (or more) floored Georgian townhouses. The centrepiece of the area is Blythswood Square, which was originally intended by the Georgian architects and planners of the time to be the "new" centre of the city, and, although this is largely true from a geographical standpoint, George Square which fronts the Glasgow City Chambers still remains Glasgow's "official" centre.

Blythswood Hill became infamous as the home of Madeleine Smith, a young woman who in 1857 was tried for the murder of her lover Pierre Emile L'Angelier. Although the verdict was not proven the story scandalised Scottish society, and is recounted in Jack House's 1961 book Square Mile of Murder.

Today, relatively few people live in Blythswood Hill, it being given over mainly to offices and forming, along with neighbouring Anderston, Glasgow's financial district. Though in 2009 the conversion of the former RSAC building by the Town House Company Ltd (8-13 Blythswood Square) to form the 5 Star Blythswood Square Hotel [1] is considered to be a catalyst to the re-development and improvement of the whole Blythswood Square. This project was successfully Project Managed by Thomson & Partners [2] who have been responsible for other notable projects (ABC Complex, Hallion Club) in recent years.

Notable buildings[edit]

  • Blythswood Square Hotel (2009) converstion of former RSAC.
  • St. Vincent Street Church (1858–1859) by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, St Vincent Street. One of Glasgow's greatest buildings and possibly its most important ecclesiastical building after the Cathedral.
  • Blythswood Square (c.1823 – 1829) by John Brash
  • St. Stephen's Renfield Church (1849–1852) by John Thomas Emmett, Bath Street
  • Elgin Place Congregational Church (1865) by J.J. Burnet, corner of Bath Street and Pitt Street (demolished 2005)
  • King's Theatre (1904) by Frank Matcham, Bath Street
  • Strathclyde Police Headquarters (1934), Pitt Street (formerly Glasgow and West of Scotland Commercial College)
  • Heron House (1971), St. Vincent Street by Derek Stephenson (now known as The Pinnacle, housed the first branch of Habitat outside London)

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