The Bridgegate

(The Briggait)

Stretching from the Saltmarket area of Glasgow to Victoria Bridge, the Bridgegate (alternatively Briggait) was home to many of the city's 17th Century merchants and was home to many of the city's finest buildings. As the merchants moved westward, so the area became more run down and eventually became an Irish slum to those immigrants to Glasgow. In the 1870s the City of Glasgow Union Railway swept away many of the original buildings of the area and even though there have been attempts to regenerate the area, it is still a fairly run-down part of Glasgow.

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