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Sauchiehall Street's pedestrian precinct, looking westwards

Sauchiehall Street is one of the main shopping/business streets in the city centre of Glasgow, Scotland. Along with Buchanan Street and Argyle Street, it forms the main shopping area of Glasgow, containing the majority of Glasgow's high street and chain stores.[1]

Although commonly associated with the city centre, Sauchiehall street is over 1.5 miles (2.5 km) long, finally meeting Argyle Street in the West End, in front of the Kelvingrove Museum, where they form Dumbarton Road which continues through Partick. The two streets run parallel through the city centre, before starting to conjoin westward of the M8 motorway at Charing Cross.

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Sauchiehall Street formerly linked directly to Parliamentary Road at its eastern end, which continued through Townhead to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Today at the eastern end of Sauchiehall Street is the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall and Buchanan Galleries, one of the largest city centre redevelopments in the UK. The section from West Nile Street to Rose Street was originally pedestrianised in 1972, with the easternmost part, linking to Buchanan Street, pedestrianised in 1978. This part of the street consists primarily of typical High Street retailers, although it also includes the Willow Tearooms, designed in 1903 by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, which has been restored to its original artistic designs and is still open to the public as a tea room.

At the western end of the city centre section of the street, towards Charing Cross, there is an abundance of restaurants, bars and student-oriented clubs, such as the ABC and the Garage. Notable landmarks in this area of the street include the former Beresford Hotel, Glasgow School of Art, the Glasgow Film Theatre, CCA Glasgow, the McLellan Galleries, the Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum and the Glasgow Dental Hospital and School.

It has been the subject of an album title by the acclaimed recording artist Francis Dunnery

Name

The suffix 'hall' is an Anglification. The correct or at least former word is 'haugh', a Scots word roughly meaning the land at the bottom of a river valley. Sauchiehall roughly translates to 'Way of the Willows'.

Notable residents

Murderer Edward William Pritchard, the last person to be publicly hanged in Glasgow.

References

Coordinates: 55°51′56″N 4°15′51″W / 55.86557°N 4.26409°W / 55.86557; -4.26409

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