Situated 1½ miles (2.5 km) northwest of Glasgow city centre, Firhill developed as an industrial area in the late 18th century. The creation of the Forth and Clyde Canal allowed trade from east to west, and a basin was created to off-load timber at Firhill in 1788, with a second basin added in 1849. Nearby sources of sand and coal allowed this area to flourish as a centre of glass manufacture. Fine examples of stained glass, created by the firm of Stephen Adam, can be seen in the Burgh Hall. Firhill's dominance in glass creation and its abundance of canals, lead to it gaining the title of Scottish Venice, Murano Street overlooking the canal is thought to be named after the island renowned as glass-making area of the Italian city. Firhill stadium is the home of Partick Thistle Football Club.

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