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Mercat Cross, Glasgow

Historic Merchant City Building, Scotland design by Edith Burnet Hughes

post updated 2 December 2023

Date built: 1930

Design: Edith Burnet Hughes

Location: southeast corner of the Merchant City, just east of the Tron Kirk

Mercat Cross

Mercat Cross Glasgow
building image © Adrian Welch Sep 2006

Glasgow Cross is located at the hub of the ancient royal burgh and now city of Glasgow, close to its first crossing over the River Clyde. It marks the notional boundary between the city centre and the East End.

Mercat Cross Glasgow

Glasgow Cross
Mercat Cross photo © AW

As a major junction at the gateway into the city centre, its five streets run as follows:

– north up the High Street to Glasgow Cathedral, Cathedral Square and the Royal Infirmary
– east along Gallowgate and London Road, close to St Andrew’s Square
– south on the Saltmarket to Glasgow Green and the Justiciary Buildings
– west along Trongate continuing as Argyle Street towards St Enoch Square and Buchanan Street.

Mercat Building by Graham Henderson from 1922

It has two key recognisable features. The Tolbooth Steeple is the surviving part of the 17th century Glasgow Tolbooth. The mercat cross replica commissioned in 1929 by William George Black, and designed by architect Edith Hughes.

Glasgow Cross – Merchant Building
Glasgow Cross
photo © AJW

Glasgow Building Designs

Contemporary Glasgow Property Designs – recent Strathclyde architectural selection below:

Historic Glasgow: best Glasgow buildings of the past

Glasgow Walking Tours

Buildings close to the Mercat Cross

Ingram Square Flats
Ingram Square Flats
photo © Adrian Welch

Jigsaw Glasgow
Jigsaw Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch

Jurys Inn Hotel
Jurys Inn Hotel Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch

Tron Kirk Glasgow
Tron Kirk Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch

Tron Theatre

Glasgow Historic Building Designs

Historic Glasgow Property Designs – recent Strathclyde architectural selection below:

Glasgow School of Art, 167 Renfrew Street
Glasgow School of Art

Custom House Building Renewal
Glasgow Custom House Development

Historic Gorbals Building
166 Gorbals Street Glasgow community space gallery building

Briggait Centre
Renewal Design: Nicoll Russell Studios Architects, Dundee
Briggait Centre

City Chambers, George Square
City Chambers

House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, south west of the city centre
House for an Art Lover

Kelvingrove Gallery, West End
Kelvingrove Gallery

Trades Hall, 85 Glassford Street, G1 1UH
Trades Hall

Britannia Music Hall, 113-117 Trongate, G1 5HD
Britannia Music Hall

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