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Lilybank Gardens

The east side of Lilybank Gardens, University of Glasgow, 1978.

Lilybank Gardens was laid out in the 1870s. It was originally intended to provide access from Great George Street to University Gardens, but the connection was never made for traffic and Lilybank Gardens remains a cul-de-sac, mirroring its neighbour.

During the 20th century the University acquired the terraced houses as they came on the market, for conversion to offices and teaching departments. At the beginning of the 21st century, the houses at the far end of this view are occupied by the departments of Computing Science and of Public Health.

The houses on the south side of the gardens were demolished in the 1960s to make way for the Boyd Orr Building (seen in the distance here) and the Geology Building. Those on the west side were demolished in the 1970s and the bleak gap site (once intended for a new business studies building) continues to be used as a car park thirty years later.

Reference: Glasgow University Archive Services, PHU36/1

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