The Barras


(Barras Market; Barrows Market)

'The Barras' Gateway, Glasgow
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'The Barras' Gateway, Glasgow

Established on a site near the Barrier's Gate, one of the old city gates in the East End of Glasgow, the Barras has been a part of the city's heritage since the early 1920s. The initiative of Maggie McIver, a native of Galston in East Ayrshire, who began renting street barrows at threepence a day or eightpence a week. In time she bought the land and built a roof to make the site permanent. Today the Barras represents an area of weekend market stalls, centred on Kent Street, which has expanded to include 10 markets and in excess of 1000 stalls and shops. It is also the location of the Glasgow Barrowland Ballroom, the city's main rock concert venue.


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