Stuart Robertson

By StuartRobertson

Park Circus

This morning I had the pleasure of visiting the former Trinity College in Park Circus and climbing up to the top of the tower.

It was a stunning morning and this is a view looking over Park Circus, with the University of Glasgow on the far left and the snow capped hills in the distance.

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.

Charles Wilson also designed the Free Church College, in 1856. This building was later known as Trinity College, a name retained when converted to flats in 1985/1986.

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