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One of Glasgow's Historic Centres. May 02, 2017
While the area around Glasgow Cathedral is correctly thought of as the historic heart of Glasgow, a second historic centre also developed where High Street, Gallowgate, London Road, the Saltmarket and the Trongate intersect. This area is known as Glasgow Cross. It is the old market cross area of Glasgow.

Most old British towns have a market cross or in Scottish Mercat Cross which marks the site where markets can be held. It normally takes the form of a stone obelisk which might be a cross or might be topped by an animal. The one in Glasgow is topped with a unicorn's head. The Mercat Cross dates from 1929. Behind it stands the Mercat Building which dates from 1928.

One of the most noticeable landmarks of Glasgow Cross is the Tollbooth Steeple. The Tollbooth Steeple dates from 1627. Along with Glasgow's original Tolbooth it was used to house the Town Clerk’s office, the council chamber and the city jail. It was sold in 1814 and then became the premises of John A. Bowman who was an auctioneer and valuator. It was demolished in 1921, leaving only the steeple which is still there in the present day. The Tolbooth Steeple was once the site of public hangings.
The Tollbooth Steeple.
Mercat Cross
The Tollbooth Steeple.
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