Streets of Glasgow: Candleriggs

a street sign stating Candleriggs and Merchant City on a brown wall. Next to the sign is a security alarm box.
Candleriggs: a street sign stating Candleriggs and Merchant City on a brown wall. Next to the sign is a security alarm box.
looking up a city street with hoardings on the left and smart red and cream buildings to the right, looking towards a tall church at the street's head.
Candleriggs: looking up a city street with hoardings on the left and smart red and cream buildings to the right, looking towards a tall church at the street’s head.

I wrote in the notes for this one that Candleriggs was ‘interesting but not much to write about’. Candleriggs is one of my favourite Glasgow street names – uniquely Glasgow – possibly linked to a local trade like Shuttle Street. It has a few bars and restaurants and it was busy not not mobbed, folk out for meals or to the pub that Friday teatime. The Ramshorn Theatre dominated the skyline as I started from Ingram Street, looking around to the City Halls and the Scottish Music Centre – still closed – with the word ‘Everyone’ written on an office window opposite without further comment. A plaque to the memory of John Maclean stood outside the City Halls and on the pavement were reminders, like on nearby Hutcheson Street, of the trades of the city over time. The buildings were a mix of old and relatively new, a white building between two tall red ones at one point. Beyond the junction were lots of posters, versions of classic paintings with face masks, posters of upcoming events hopefully still upcoming, lyrics from Oasis songs, Billy Connolly in the 1970 and photographs of people hugging trees with the caption ‘Missing hugs’. I wrote about physical intimacy in the Saturday Saunter recently – there will be a lot of people feeling like that right now. When I reached Argyle Street, I looked back and Candleriggs is handsome, a hotchpotch of old and new, certainly, but strangely enough it works.

Thanks for reading. This is the seventy ninth Streets of Glasgow post here on Walking Talking. Nearby streets included here previously include Ingram Street, Wilson Street, Trongate, Bell Street, Argyle Street and Albion Street. The Streets of Glasgow page features all the posts in the series so far.

5 thoughts on “Streets of Glasgow: Candleriggs

  1. Alli Templeton

    I love the name of this street as well, Kev! And I can identify with the ‘missing hugs’ caption, I reckon we all are. Us humans aren’t designed to social distance over a long period of time. It’s not natural.

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  2. Candleriggs is a great name for a street! Anabel’s comment about the three Indian restaurants on the street made me think of Drummond Street near Euston, which also has at least three South Indian restaurants on it (which tend to be my favourite since they’re usually all vegetarian). Definitely a good reason to like a street!

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