Great Western Road back in time: Over 100 years of West End history in 8 pictures in chronological order

Old pictures of Great Western Road in the 20th century show a very different yet familiar street in Glasgow

Great Western Road is one of Glasgow's best loved and most picturesque roads - but it also holds a significant place in the heritage and history of the city, that's why today we're looking back at old pictures of the West End street.

Glasgow's Great Western Road is one of the main arteries of the West End of the city - it stretches all the way from St. George's Cross in the east to Anniesland Cross in the West.

A little-known fact about the West End road is that it's Glasgow's longest and straightest street - it covers a total distance of around 5 kilometres (or just over 3 miles). It was originally constructed as a 'toll road' following an Act of Parliament in 1816.

Much of the street is lined by trees, separating it from much of Glasgow's tenement-to-pavement architecture and civic planning - this is due to the terraced houses and villas originally intended for the emerging Glaswegian upper-middle class in the 19th and 20th century. The best-known and historic such terrace is Great Western Terrace, designed and constructed by Alexander Greek Thomson in 1867. You can also find Devonshire Terrace, now a very-upmarket hotel and restaurant, One Devonshire Gardens.

Take a look below as we look at old pictures to see Great Western Road back in time.

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