The Broomielaw

Broomielaw, Glasgow
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Broomielaw, Glasgow

Named after the Brumelaw Croft, a stretch of land along the Clyde, the Broomielaw extends from Victoria Bridge to Anderston Quay in Glasgow. Originally the main port of Glasgow, it was remodelled by Thomas Telford as a steam-boat quay for the thousands of immigrants who came over from Ireland in the mid 19th Century. It was also the place where many of the citizens of Glasgow embarked on their holidays, as they sailed 'doon the watter' on paddle-steamers heading for the resorts of the Clyde. In the early 21st century, the docks have been redeveloped with the provision of housing and office accommodation. Much of the area is now synonymous with the International Financial Services District. The anonymous Kentigern House was built in 1981-86 for the Ministry of Defence, as part of a plan to move jobs from London.

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