Streets of Glasgow: Ladywell Street

Lady Well: a black well with a rounded top in an alcove, above which is a sign declaring it to be the Lady Well, restored in 1836 and rebuilt in 1874 by the Merchants House of Glasgow.
Lady Well: a black well with a rounded top in an alcove, above which is a sign declaring it to be the Lady Well, restored in 1836 and rebuilt in 1874 by the Merchants House of Glasgow.

The 100th Streets of Glasgow walk and I crowdsourced for ideas for this one. I got an idea and it felt right. This series was conceived as a way to learn more about Glasgow, my adopted home, and its history. Ladywell Street worked. One of the oldest streets in Glasgow and with some history, the site of a 13th century well closed off when the Necropolis was built. There is a monument to it, a black well with a smart top and a lion on the front. The monument sits in an alcove declaring that the Lady Well had been restored in 1836 and rebuilt in 1874 by the Merchants House of Glasgow. It was restored once more by Tennent Caledonian Breweries in 1983. That bit’s important as it sits right at the back of the Tennents brewery and the air was thick with its product. Barrels upon barrels stood at the other side of the gate but I was happy to move on since I don’t like beer. A water fountain, a gift in 1860 from James Crum of Busby, stood at the head of the street as did a Glasgow City Council security van. Its occupants didn’t pay me heed, thankfully. I looked round and I couldn’t see a street sign declaring this to be Ladywell Street. The maps say so and there is a sign pointing to the well but not saying what street it is, a rare lapse. It is a side street leading into the back of a brewery with a big cemetery wall to the left and fences to the right. It had cottages once, at least in 1902, but not now. There isn’t much to see beside the monument, which is definitely worth the diversion. But there should still be a sign. I thought I could have pulled a page out of my notebook and made a makeshift one but I decided against it. As I researched this one, I realised the old mill buildings nearby on Duke Street were called the Ladywell, as is the housing scheme across the street, so the name’s still out there even if there isn’t a street sign.

Thanks for reading. This is indeed the hundredth Streets of Glasgow walk here on Walking Talking. Thanks for reading. Nearby streets featured here previously include John Knox Street, Wishart Street, Castle Street, High Street and Duke Street. The Streets of Glasgow page features a list of all the posts in the series so far.

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