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No: 35   Contributor: John Southall   Year: 2005   Country: United Kingdom
Sauchiehall Street

Sauchiehall Street is one of the most famous streets in Glasgow.
Picture added on 01 February 2011 at 11:50
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Why John?

Added by Marcel Gommers on 01 February 2011.
Sauchiehall Street is Glasgow's most famous thoroughfare, partly because of its Scottish-sounding music-hall name, partly because it is such a popular street for shopping.
The name is derived from "saugh" the Scots word for a willow tree and "haugh" the word for a meadow (which was later corrupted into "hall"). Originally, it was a winding, narrow lane, with villas standing in gardens of about an acre or so. It was widened in 1846 and is now a mile-long, broad street, running in straight lines, from Buchanan Street in the east to Kelvingrove and the Museum and Art Galleries in the west.
Sauchiehall Street was always noted for its quality shops, with stores such as Pettigrew and Stephens, Copeland and Lye, Daly's, Hendersons - but Watt Bros is the only one to survive from these early days. When shops only opened for five and a half days a week, Sauchiehall Street always closed on Saturday afternoon. More "working class" customers did their shopping in the slightly more down-market Argyle Street, where the shops closed on Tuesday afternoons.
Sauchiehall Street always had a good number of tearooms for the benefit of thirsty shoppers and the most famous was Miss Cranston's "Willow Tea-Rooms" (matching the name of the street). The premises were designed by the architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
The Locarno Ballroom was also located on Sauchiehall Street and many a Glasgow romance started on the dance floor there.

Added by John Southall on 01 February 2011.
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