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Gallowgate, The

The Gallowgate was one of Glasgow City's four principal Mediaeval streets, providing access to the city from the east and leading out towards the city gallows at Gallow Muir, a location at some distance from the city centre. A pair of 31-storey social housing blocks (Bluevale and Whitevale) were built in 1969. 348 flats provided homes for those cleared from slums but their brutalist concrete architecture was loathed by their residents and they suffered from the same problems as most of the other high-rise blocks in the city - poor maintenance and social problems. The flats were demolished in 2014 - not spectacularly, rather carefully floor-by-floor because of their proximity to other homes and a railway line. Today, the Gallowgate forms the northern edge of the Barras market and leads out east towards Parkhead. The Barrowland Ballroom is located on the Gallowgate.


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