Finnieston

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Finnieston
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Finnieston with the Finnieston Crane and North Rotunda in the foreground and the Clyde Auditorium in the background.
Finnieston is located in Glasgow council area
Finnieston
Finnieston
Location within Glasgow
Population8,989 (2016)[1]
OS grid referenceNS569656
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG3
Dialling code0141
PoliceScotland
FireScottish
AmbulanceScottish
EU ParliamentScotland
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
UK
Scotland
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55°51′44″N 4°17′17″W / 55.862276°N 4.288058°W / 55.862276; -4.288058Coordinates: 55°51′44″N 4°17′17″W / 55.862276°N 4.288058°W / 55.862276; -4.288058

Finnieston is an area of Glasgow, Scotland, situated on the north bank of the River Clyde roughly between the city's West End and the city centre.

Finnieston's boundaries trace along the river Clyde to the south, Finnieston Street to the east and roughly follows St Vincent Crescent to the north, and at its termination the boundary continues in a south westerly line till it meets the Clyde on the western side of the Clydeside Distillery.[citation needed] Contrary to modern popular belief, no part of Argyle Street lies within Finnieston. The areas of Kelvingrove, Overnewton and Kelvinhaugh are often wrongly attributed as Finnieston.[citation needed]

Finnieston is home to the SECC and SSE Hydro, where many musical concerts, sporting events and conferences are held.[2] It is also the location of Glasgow City Heliport, the former home base of both the Police Scotland air support unit and the Scottish Ambulance Service "Helimed 5".[3][4]

History[edit]

The village of Finnieston was established in 1768 on the lands of Stobcross by Matthew Orr, the owner of Stobcross House. Orr named the new village "Finnieston" in honour of the Reverend John Finnie, who had been his tutor.

The area has had a significant change in land-use since deindustrialisation.[5] Previously, Finnieston was an area of warehouses and docks — the film Deathwatch (a.k.a. "La Mort en Direct"), used this aspect extensively in location shots.

In the early 21st century, Finnieston has been promoted and built up as a modern residential and leisure area, mirroring Shoreditch in Greater London. To this end many new bars and restaurants have been established.[6] There is modern housing, office, retail, leisure and arts & culture developments. In 2016, Finnieston ranked first in The Times list '20 Hippest Places to Live in Britain' and The Herald claimed it the 'Hippest Place in Britain'.[7]

Finnieston Street is a major junction on the Clydeside Expressway, and on 18 September 2006, was augmented with the addition of the Clyde Arc (known locally as "The Squinty Bridge") over the River Clyde.[8]

Transport[edit]

Exhibition Centre railway station, on the Argyle Line, was previously known as Stobcross station. Built by the Glasgow Central Railway and opened in 1894, it was closed in 1955. When it was reopened in 1979 it was called 'Finnieston' until it was given its current name in 1986. A separate Finnieston railway station of the Glasgow City and District Railway was opened in 1886 but is now disused. However, the line is still in use as part of the North Clyde Line.

Landmarks[edit]

The Corunna Bowling Club located on A-Listed St Vincent Crescent has been a key feature of the area since 1850.[9][10]

The Clyde Arc (known locally as "The Squinty Bridge") over the River Clyde sits to the south of Finnieston.[8]

The SECC, where many musical concerts and important conferences are held, is located in Finnieston.[2]

The SSE Hydro opened in 2013 next to the SECC and welcomed over 1 million visitors per year to the venue and surrounding area.[11] In 2016 the SSE Hydro boasted the title as 8th largest venue in the world.[12]

Notable people[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "statistics.gov.scot - Finnieston and Kelvinhaugh - 07". statistics.gov.scot.
  2. ^ a b "Glasgow wins international pathology congress". Conference News. 23 October 2014. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  3. ^ "About Us". Bond Air Services.
  4. ^ "Planning submission". glasgow.gov.uk. Retrieved 8 October 2011.
  5. ^ MacLeod, Gordon (2002). "From Urban Entrepreneurialism to a "Revanchist City"? On the Spatial Injustices of Glasgow's Renaissance" (PDF). Antipode. Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers. 34: 602–624. doi:10.1111/1467-8330.00256. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  6. ^ McKelvie, Robin (9 February 2014). "A day in Finnieston, Glasgow: city guide" – via www.theguardian.com.
  7. ^ "The Shoreditch effect: How Finnieston became the hippest place in Britain". HeraldScotland.
  8. ^ a b "Date for 'Squinty Bridge' opening". BBC News. 5 June 2008. Retrieved 31 October 2014.
  9. ^ "Campaign to save greenspace at Corunna Bowling Club agrees to explore buy-out". Glasgow West End Today. 15 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Corunna Bowling Club - History". corunnabowlingclub.yolasite.com.
  11. ^ "Timeline". SSE Hydro Official Website. Retrieved 12 September 2009.
  12. ^ "TOP 200 ARENA VENUES 2016" (PDF). 31 December 2016.

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