The interior of Queen Arcade, Renfrew Street, photographed in the early 1960s towards the end of its life. The arcade was noted for the pictorial tiles at the Wemyss Street end, many of them made by Glasgow architect, journalist and etcher James Moyr Smith. It contained a variety of small shops which changed hands frequently. The arcade was demolished in 1966.
The Queen Arcade was built in the mid-19th century. It was one of several small shopping arcades which existed in Glasgow. Only the grandest of them, the Argyll Arcade, still survives.
Queen Arcade was a continuation of Wellington Arcade, itself an extension of Wellington Street running from Sauchiehall Street through to Renfrew Street. The Wellington Arcade was demolished in 1930, when F W Woolworth acquired the property. It is said that the heyday of the area was around 1900, when the concentration of many theatres and small cafes in Sauchiehall Street and Renfrew Street led to the area becoming known as "Glasgow's Soho".
Reference: Glasgow City Archives, D-PL 2/1/1871
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning
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