Many towns and cities have heritage trails. They are often marked by
plaques, either on buildings or on the ground, and offer an ideal
opportunity for locals and visitors alike to become familiar with an
area and learn a little history along the way. The Firefighters'
Heritage Trail in Glasgow, Scotland, is special. It marks locations
in the city where firemen lost their lives. It therefore not only
provides a means of exploring a
big bustling city, but also a chance to pause amidst the crowds,
to stop for a moment to remember those who gave their lives to save
property and the lives of others.
As well as many of Glasgow's fire stations, past
and present, the trail takes you to the site of many of Glasgow's
fire disasters, like that at Cheapside Street in 1960 when fourteen firefighters
and five Glasgow Salvage Corps men were killed.
Not all the locations on The Firefighters' Heritage Trail have
memorial plaques in the pavement. As you will see
when you download the trail leaflet and map
, twelve of the
thirty-six sites have plaques. Given that the stone plaques are
built into the pavement and not on the side of a building, they can
be a little difficult to locate. As such, I have visited each plaque
site, and below you will find the exact location of each one in
Glasgow city centre.
Most of the information here has been taken from the Scottish Fire &
Rescue Service's own website, and I highly recommend that you visit
it for other information. CLICK HERE.
QUEENS COURT - This memorial plaque can be found at the corner of
Queen Street and Ingram Street, opposite the Gallery of Modern Art.
ROYAL EXCHANGE SQUARE - This memorial plaque can be found on the
south side of the Gallery of Modern Art, in front of one of the
entrances to Royal Exchange Court.
RENFIELD STREET - This memorial plaque can be found right at the
northern top of Renfield Street, just down from The Herald/Evening
Times building, in the pavement on the west side of the street.
HUNTER STREET - This memorial plaque can be found on the west side
of Hunter Street, near the junction with Barrack Street.
MILLER STREET/ARGYLE STREET - This memorial plaque can be found on
Argyle Street, at its junction with Miller Street.
PRINCE'S DOCK - This memorial plaque can be found on the south side
of the River Clyde, between the Science Centre and the BBC building.
HOPE STREET - This memorial plaque can be found at the northern top
of Hope Street, right outside the Theatre Royal.
KILBIRNIE STREET - This memorial plaque can be found at the corner
of Kilbirnie Street and Francis Street, almost under the M74
GRAHAM SQUARE, GALLOWGATE - This memorial plaque can be found on the
Gallowgate, at its junction with Graham Square, right beside a
CUMBERLAND PLACE - This memorial plaque can be found at the
junction of Cumberland Place and Cumberland Street in the Gorbals
DEANSTON DRIVE - This memorial plaque can be found at the corner of
Deanston Drive and Strathyre Street.
MARYHILL ROAD - This memorial plaque can be found at the very end of
Maryhill Road, at the corner of Clarendon Place and St George's
Place, where they both meet with St George's Road.
'CITIZEN FIREFIGHTER' SCULPTURE (A TRIBUTE TO ALL FIREFIGHTERS, PAST AND
PRESENT) OUTSIDE GLASGOW CENTRAL RAILWAY STATION - LOCATION 19 ON THE
FIREFIGHTERS' HERITAGE TRAIL.
TODAY'S FIREFIGHTERS TACKLE A MAJOR BLAZE AT STEINER SCHOOL IN YORKHILL,
GLASGOW, IN MARCH 2013.
FIRE INVESTIGATION OFFICERS LOOK ON AS FIREFIGHTERS FIGHT A FIRE AT
STEINER SCHOOL IN YORKHILL, GLASGOW, IN MARCH 2013.
TO HONOUR FIREFIGHTERS WHO LOST THEIR LIVES PROTECTING LIFE AND PROPERTY
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