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Trace horses

Burrell Collection Photo Library, 1955 Survey

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Trace horses

Trace horses hauling a railway delivery lorry up the hill in West Nile Street at the corner with Bath Street, taken by Mr Patrick in 1955.

Trace horses waited in groups of two or three at the foot of West Nile Street and were used to help pull heavy loads up the steep hill. There is a stone runway set into the granite setts which pave the road, to allow vehicles to move more easily.

In 1955 Partick Camera Club set out to create a photographic survey of Glasgow. As the project progressed, other camera clubs joined and each was allocated a district of the city to photograph. Glasgow Museums exhibited the photographs at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum and at the People's Place, and in 1956 the exhibition was shown at the Palace of Art in Bellahouston Park. The photographs are now part of Glasgow Museums' collections.

Reference: 1005.97.212 / OG.1955.121.[181]

Reproduced with the permission of the Partick Camera Club

banks, Boyd & Co, Glasgow Photographic Survey 1955, horses and carts, lorries, scaffolding, streetscenes, trace horses, Union Bank of Scotland

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