The Park District in Glasgow’s west end is part of a planned development created by Charles Wilson in the 1850’s. The layout is reminiscent of the Georgian new town in Edinburgh.
The lands at Woodlands Hill were acquired to create the terraces, centered on Park Circus at the summit of the hill. The adjacent West End Park, now known as Kelvingrove Park, was laid out at the same time by the celebrated landscape gardener, Sir Joseph Paxton, as part of Wilson's overall plan. The realisation of the scheme was supervised by the City Surveyor, Thomas Kyle.
Wilson won the architectural competition to design the district's principal public building, Free Church College, in 1856. This building was later known as Trinity College, a name retained when converted to flats in 1985/1986.
The white tower of Park Church remains as a local landmark after the church building was very carefully demolished in 1968/ 1969. It had been completed in 1858 to the designs of J.T. Rochead. The tower is surrounded in scaffolding in the aerial view, below.

Aerial view of Park Circus and surrounding streets

Aerial view of Park Circus and surrounding streets


1858 map of Park Circus and West End Park

1858 map showing incomplete Park Circus and newly formed West End Park


View of the northern side of Park Circus

View of the northern side of Park Circus from the eastern end


View of the northern side of Park Circus

View of the northern side of Park Circus from the western end


End terrace on  southern side of Park Circus

End terrace on southern side of Park Circus at corner with Park Gate, leading to entrance to Kelvingrove Park


Matching railings at entrances to Park Circus

Matching railings at entrances to Park Circus


Stonework at Park Circus

Stonework at Park Circus, well preserved after 150 years


Decorated fireplace in Marriage Suite at 22 Park Circus

Decorated fireplace in Marriage Suite at 22 Park Circus


Illuminated glazed cupola over former Billiard Room at 22 Park Circus

Illuminated glazed cupola over former Billiard Room at 22 Park Circus


White Tower of Park Church

White Tower of Park Church at eastern end of Park Circus Place


View of Park Lane

View of lane between Park Circus and Park Terrace


Stairs leading up to Park Terrace

Stairs leading up to Park Terrace


View of Park Terrace

View of Park Terrace from the east


Row of columns at entrances along Park Terrace

Row of columns at entrances along Park Terrace


Towers of Park Church and Trinity College

Towers of Park Church and Trinity College


View from entrance to Kelvingrove Park looking towards Glasgow University

View from entrance to Kelvingrove Park looking towards Glasgow University


Scene at West End Park during construction of Glasgow University

Naughty boys in West End Park during construction of Glasgow University


Print of West End Park showing partly constructed tower of Glasgow University

Print of West End Park showing partly constructed tower of Glasgow University

The above image was prepared using the process of Chromolithography which required numerous lithographic stones, one for each colour.
It appears that the stones were preserved and altered to create a similar image showing the completed tower of the university, below.

Print showing completed University buildings from West End Park

Print showing completed University buildings from West End Park


Print showing West End Park and Kelvingrove House

Print showing West End Park, Stewart Memorial Fountain, Kelvingrove House and the original Kelvingrove Museum


Sketch of Stewart Memorial Fountain, 1887

Sketch of Stewart Memorial Fountain, 1887


Sketch of Kelvingrove House, West End Park, 1887

Sketch of Kelvingrove House from 1887, with Britannia above the portico of the original Kelvingrove Museum


Photograph of Kelvingrove House, 1870

Photograph of Kelvingrove House from 1870, before the erection of the museum


Sketch of bridge over River Kelvin, West End Park, 1887

Sketch of bridge over River Kelvin, West End Park, 1887


Temporary wooden bridge erected alongside existing bridge at International Exhibition, Kelvingrove,  1888

Temporary wooden bridge erected alongside existing bridge at International Exhibition, Kelvingrove, 1888


Reflections of Main Hall of International Exhibition, Kelvingrove, 1888

Reflections of Main Hall of International Exhibition, Kelvingrove Park, 1888


Switchback Railway and replica of Bishops Castle at International Exhibition, Kelvingrove, 1888

Switchback Railway and replica of Bishops Castle at International Exhibition, Kelvingrove, 1888


Engraving of Glasgow University viewed from Kelvingrove Park

Engraving of Glasgow University viewed from Kelvingrove Park


View from Park Terrace looking towards  Glasgow University

View from Park Terrace looking towards Glasgow University


View of Park Terrace from banks of River Kelvin in Kelvingrove Park

View back to Park Terrace from banks of River Kelvin in Kelvingrove Park


Towers of Trinity College

Towers of Trinity College


Looking upwards at tower of Trinity College

Looking upwards at tower of Trinity College


Sketch of towers of Trinity College

Edwardian sketch of towers of Trinity College


Lynedoch Crescent, on other side of road from Trinity College

Lynedoch Crescent, on other side of road from Trinity College



Drawing of statue of St George and the Dragon, St Georges Cross, Glasgow © G.Blaikie 2011

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