U is for… University Avenue [ABC Sundae]
University Avenue, the lifeline of Gilmorehill, runs from Gibson Street in the north-east to Byres Road in the west. For a road which cuts right through a university campus, it’s surprisingly busy, with cars, taxis and buses congesting the road. I’ve always wondered what would happen if some society or organization on campus would shut the road down for a street party or a protest of sorts.
I tried to find out what University Avenue was called before the University of Glasgow moved to Gilmorehill in 180, but I can’t find any maps online which would be detailed enough to answer this question. TheGlasgowStory website has a few maps from the 19th century and earlier which shine some light on the issue. The Maclure & Macdonald’s map of the City of Glasgow from 1866 shows that there was a street where University Avenue is now, four years prior to the Gilmorehill campus opening, but I can’t make out the street name. Another map, from 1795, doesn’t really show much on Gilmorehill. I guess I need to either go explore the maps available in the University Library or in the Mitchell Library to get the answer to my question.
The above panorama shows only about a quarter of University Avenue, but at least it’s a slightly different view of the street.
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