The Ultimate Geek’s Guide to Scottish Industrial History!

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Have you ever wanted to experience an offbeat journey through time to learn more about Scotland’s industrial history? Well such a journey exists – and it takes place via a quick 30 minute guided walk in Scotland’s largest city, Glasgow.

It is all starts at the famous George Square.

Last Saturday I took a short guided walk around the city centre organised by Dr. Nina Baker from Strathclyde University. It really opened my eyes to learn so much about the industrial influences that played an integral part in Glasgow’s history, all of which can be found within a few metres of George Square.

We explored the fascinating facts about Scottish units of measurement used to ensure fair trading by merchants, shopkeepers, and other professionals. These measurements were prominently provided in public places during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.

Babies making money!

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You can see a beautiful stone-carving, by Alexander Handyside Ritchie (1804–1870) showing small children using printing presses to print money and die stamp coins on a classic solid grey sandstone bank building in Gordon Street.

I had no idea how I managed to miss such magnificent artifacts and statues until now.

You can download the 30 Minute Geek walk guide by Dr. Nina Baker here, and explore the hidden treasures of Scottish Industrial History.

Let me know if you spot 400 old Singer sewing machines on this walk!

Dipesh Gosar

Dipesh is an Analytics and Optimisation Executive @ VisitScotland. Originally from India, he now lives in Glasgow and enjoys travel, photography and good food.

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  • Catriona Pratt

    Brillant!