Streets of Glasgow: Hanover Street

Hanover Street: looking up at an ornate building with pillars and an arched window with a street sign in the centre of the building.
Hanover Street: looking up at an ornate building with pillars and an arched window with a street sign in the centre of the building.
Hanover Street: looking down a street with tall, city buildings on either side. Older buildings on the left, newer, glass-fronted buildings on the right.
Hanover Street: looking down a street with tall, city buildings on either side. Older buildings on the left, newer, glass-fronted buildings on the right.

It’s fair to say that Glasgow’s streets have changed quite a bit since my last Streets of Glasgow post, back in May last year. The history hasn’t, only the context. I wouldn’t have imagined, for instance, hand sanitising stations or carrying a face mask in my hoodie pocket. How history is seen has changed too, with Glasgow’s links to slavery considered like never before. In the coming weeks, I will be chronicling some more walks down Glasgow’s streets, considering what I encounter in more dimensions than before, hopefully.

The first four of this new tranche of Streets of Glasgow was undertaken on a warm August Sunday, beginning on Hanover Street.

Hanover Street is one of the shorter streets in Glasgow city centre, leading off George Square to Ingram Street and onto Miller Street. It reminded me of its namesake in Edinburgh, both named for the ruling dynasty of Britain in the 18th century at the peak of the city’s powers. I had time to kill one sunny Sunday morning and decided to do a bit of psychogeography for the first time in a while, certainly the first for a while on a city street, and set off from George Square, finishing a few minutes later on Ingram Street. It was a blend of the old and modern, cash machines set into an old bank building, a pigeon walking on the road, flowers in an office window. In these socially distanced times, I wondered if the offices were occupied once more. The talk on the cash machine screen of remortgaging was a reminder of how the world had changed since I had spent much time in the city centre. A hair salon promised a fresh take on blonde and through the window folk were in, everyone in sight done up in PPE. Emporio Armani stood behind scaffolding with bars on the window surrounding the posh clothes. I cheerfully passed on, wondering merely where to next?

Thanks for reading. This is the seventy first Streets of Glasgow post here on Walking Talking. Nearby streets that have featured here previously include George Square, Ingram Street, Miller Street and Queen Street. Other posts in the series can be found on the Streets of Glasgow page.

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