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Elphinstone Tower, Main Street, Gorbals, 1868

Elphinstone Tower, Main Street, Gorbals, 1868

Photographer: Thomas Annan (1829 - 1887)

Medium: Photographic print

Date: 1868

Shelfmark: L.R.404.g.8

Item number: 38

Length: 22.6

Width: 17.9

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Photograph

Scottish photographer Thomas Annan's view of Main Street, Gorbals, originally known as the village of Bridgend, Glasgow.

Annan was commissioned by The City Improvement Trust to document inner-city areas earmarked for demolition and regeneration by an act of Parliament in 1866.

In his introduction to 'The Old Closes And Streets Of Glasgow' William Young explains that this newly acquired right "to alter and reconstruct several of the more densely built areas of the city...would remove many old and interesting landmarks."

The City Improvement Trust destroyed Main Street and the Elphinstone Tower in the 1870s.

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