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Kelvingrove Park

View over Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

View over Kelvingrove Park, Glasgow

Located in Glasgow's West End, Kelvingrove Park lies between Charing Cross to the east, Park Circus to the north, the site of the University of Glasgow to the west and to the south the Kelvin Hall. Covering an area of 34 ha (85 acres), it was created by Sir Joseph Paxton in 1852 as the West End Park. It has been the site of three exhibitions, the 1888 International Exhibition, the profits from which paid for the Kelvingrove Art Galleries and Museum, the 1901 International Exhibition and the 1911 Scottish Exhibition. Located in the Park, next to the Kelvingrove Gallery is the Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre was a venue for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The park has many statues and monuments the largest of which is the Stewart Memorial Fountain, built to commemorate the achievement of Lord Provost Robert Stewart in establishing the Loch Katrine Act, which provided the city with fresh water. Statues include those to Lord Kelvin, Lord Lister and Thomas Carlyle.


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