St Andrew's Square

St Andrews in the Square Church, Glasgow
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St Andrews in the Square Church, Glasgow

St Andrew's Square, in E Central Glasgow, is dominated by the outstanding St Andrew's Parish Church (1756), now a performing arts centre. This church was at first surrounded by the Molendinar Burn, separating it from gardens and fields on land which was then outside the Burgh of Glasgow. The square was not laid out until 1786 by architect William Hamilton. Initially a fashionable location for the homes of Glasgow's Tobacco Lords, the square became dominated by commercial premises in the 19th century and degenerated. Much was demolished in 1988 but the remaining Georgian houses have been redeveloped to provide a residential presence in close association with the new arts venue, restored to its position as the focal point of a grand square.

The Glasgow Police Museum is also located here in the former Central Police Buildings of 1908.

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