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The Trades House of Glasgow was created at the time of reform of Glasgow's local government in 1605. At that time the electorate was basically divided into two groups, the Merchants and the Craftsmen. The Craft Incorporations or Guilds comprised the trades Rank of Burgesses under the leadership of the deacon convener, who was given a council. This included the Craft leaders and is the body we now recognise as the Trades House.

Today The Trades House still meets in the Trades Hall in Glassford Street, which, apart from the mediaeval cathedral, is the only building in Glasgow still used for its original purpose.

Guilds and Craft Incorporations are the Scottish equivalent of the craft guilds or livery companies, which developed in most of the great cities of Europe in the Middle Ages. Over the years many of the House's political and legal duties have been transferred to other bodies, but the charitable functions and concern for the future of Glasgow very much remain. The assistance of the needy, the encouragement of youth and support for education, particularly the Schools and the Further Education Colleges in developing craft standards, are now its chief objects.

On the 6th of February 2005 the 8,000 members of the Trades House and the 14 Incorporated Trades celebrated their 400th year of service in Glasgow, which was shared with the Merchants House and the City Council who have the same anniversary.

i didn't know this place existed untill i had to go for 2 work briefings in it.

the second time i took my camera.


Upstairs looks really grand (I think that's the word I'm looking for).

Always fancied getting a look around.

Nice shots.

The grand hall is fantastic lowlight. (pics to follow).

the entrance first.


I only noticed it on the bus one day. I also had no idea it was actually called the Grand Hall.  

The grand hall.


Aye it's pretty grand all right. Thanks for sharing fastnet.
Alex Glass

Great idea for a thread Fastnet. The information at the start sets the scene for your photos.

The Trades House features as part of Doors Open Day but I am sure no one wants to wait till September before getting a wee tour.

Anything is possible if you know the right person to ask.

I am sure many regulars on here will have some photos they have taken inside the Trades House.

Well done.

Thanks guys.

the thing that really caught my eye was the ceiling.

and all the trades with plaques around it.


Fastnet, thank you for sharing this hidden gem

A couple of trades in the scenes from above.


Stained glass on the staircase.

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