Old Vennel Off High Street, 1868
Photographer: Thomas Annan (1829 - 1887)
Medium: Photographic print
Ghostly moving figures populate Scottish photographer Thomas Annan's study of Old Vennel, off High Street, Glasgow. Annan was commissioned by The City Improvement Trust to document the inner-city slums which were scheduled for demolition and reconstruction by an act of Parliament in 1866.
"From High Street and about midway between the College and the Cross the Old Vennel branched eastwards, and turning to south beyond the Molendinar burn made straight for the Gallowgate, which it joined immediatly to the west of Little St. Mungo's Church." Extract from William Young's introduction to the book 'The Old Closes And Streets Of Glasgow'.