Bell Street Stables
142 -164 Bell Street, Glasgow, G4 0SW
1896, A.W. Wheatley
This substantial and unique building situated at 142 Bell Street quietly sits at the eastern edge of the Merchant City Character Area of the Glasgow Central Conservation Area. The building was designed by A. W. Wheatley and constructed in 1896-98. It was designed to house the City Cleansing Department's horses, carts, harnesses and fodder. Whilst the horses were last in the building around 35 years ago the building continued to serve the cleansing department until relatively recently.
The building has a very interesting existing circulation system designed for use by the horses including the cobbled courtyard, large horse scale ramps to all floors and cobbled external gangways on the courtyard side which gave access to the stables at first, second and third floor. These features have been retained in the conversion to affordable housing with people rather than horses now enjoying the sheltered courtyard.
Tours: Tues & Thurs, 13:00, 30 minutes
Meeting point: 142 Bell Street - gate entrance
Booking essential - opens 1st September at 10am.
Accessibility: Level access but historic cobbled surfaces through-out.
Parking: On street parking