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Glasgow meat market and abattoir last remains

Once a large and significant part of Glasgow, the meat market and abattoir closed its doors many years ago.

Most of the site was razed, leaving only a few sections of its distinctive perimeter wall in place, and some of the covered areas used to manage the animals in pens. These served as covered car auction areas, until this use was also abandoned, leaving those structures abandoned beside the derelict land. Another part of the land was used as the site for a few flats.

The last building from original market appears to lie on Melbourne Street, and can be seen below.

14-28 Melbourne Street, former Slaughter House, c. 1910, A B McDonald. Gateway, with two massive piers and wrought-iron gates bearing City crest.

The distinctive wall was once a feature of the market, and used to surround the entire site, until much of it was demolished and removed along with the main market buildings.

Last Meat Market Building

Last Meat Market Building

The left/north gate pier carries a related carving.

Gate Pier Carving Detail

Gate Pier Carving Detail

The two sets of coat of arms remaining in the gates.

Gate Coat Of Arms

Gate Coat Of Arms

Both steadily decaying.

The gates are secure, and the perimeter remains closed by a substantial fence replacing the demolished wall, while the flats close off the remainder. So even though it’s little more than what might largely be referred to as ‘spare ground’ as a piece of private land on offer for development (but still no takers), it’s not really accessible for a wander.


Feb 23, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Glasgow’s old meat and cattle market is ‘At Risk’

While I was shopping in Duke Street I happened to turn around while climbing the stairs/ramp to one shop and noticed the slightly raised location provided a view over the now almost completely empty site of Glasgow’s old meat, cattle market, and abattoir.

Now little more than an empty field with some remaining covered pens in the distance, the only remaining building is a sub-station, on the left foreground. Not visible behind the covered area are flats built on that part of the site, which also allowed a significant amount of façade to be retained. The covered area was latterly used as a car auction/market, and having been taken there when tiny, imagined I would be able to go there on my own when I was ‘grown-up’. Well, I was wrong about that!

It seems to have closed in 2001, suffered arson in 2003, then was razed in 2005.

The land has been up for sale for years, since the market was demolished – no takers yet.

I was surprised to see that the canopied area and adjacent façade were considered to be ‘Buildings at Risk’, given how little it represents of the whole site, but then again, why not?

For more details, see Building at Risk: Moore Street Meat and Cattle Markets, Bellgrove Street, Calton

One interesting point was the finish of the walls around the market which, when they surrounded the entire site, matched exactly the finish on the small section of facing still surviving on the front of that sub-station.

Glasgow meat market site

Glasgow meat market site

Feb 23, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment


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