Old Travel Photograph Grand Hotel Charing Cross Glasgow Scotland

Old travel photograph of the Grand Hotel on Charing Cross, Glasgow, Scotland. The Grand Hotel was demolished in the 1960s to make way for the M8 motorway. The fountain in the foreground was erected in 1896 to commemorate the life and work of Sir Charles Cameron who was a newspaper editor. Charing Cross is a major road junction in the Scottish city of Glasgow. It is situated north of the River Clyde on Sauchiehall Street. Nearby landmarks include the Mitchell Library, the biggest reference library in Western Europe. Charing Cross was also part of the so called Square Mile of Murder, the location of a series of sensational murders which scandalised Victorian society. These horrific murders were committed not in the East End as expected, but in the fashionable and respectable West End of Glasgow. Madeline Smith was accused and found not guilty of lacing her doomed lover's late-night cocoa with arsenic; an eighty-three year old woman was brutally battered to death, and Jessie McPherson was brutally struck forty times with a meat cleaver.

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