Glasgow Wellpark Brewery
Glasgow, what a city, It’s here I feel at home, alive. There was an old slogan that went with Glasgow right into the 90s. It went: Glasgow’s smiles better, this is so true, as no matter what my mood, I leave this gem of a city smiling, and itching to return. The modern day saying/slogan is “People make Glasgow”. This is also true, the Glaswegians are a wonderful breed of human, warm, friendly and a sense of humour that simply can’t be matched. A city plagued with poverty (which is astounding considering what it has done for the world), but rich in culture, history and amazing humans. Although truth be told, it’s never wise to piss off a weegie not unless you are game mentally and physically, they poses the cleverest wit and a tongue that could blunt the sharpest samurai, most men have the physical braw and game to frighten the bravest warriors (most woman too). I laugh sometimes as the tourist look in amazement and bewilderment when they try and talk to a Glaswegian, the speed and clever use of invented words is just simply amazing. It must certainly be one of the most recognizable and instantly smitten accents on Earth. What’s not to love about the endearing Glaswegians.
Glasgow city holds a magical charm like it’s inhabitants, some of the finest architecture ever built, mixed in with some of the most appalling & strange, as if to counter balance it’s brilliance. Vibrant and fast paced, it’s never a dull moment pounding Scotland’s finest city’s streets. Of course Scotland has other amazing cities with Dundee coming a close second for me, Edinburgh is wonderful also but both Dundee and Edinburgh lack the atmosphere and magic of Glasgow. Tourists often place Edinburgh on their top city to visit when landing on the Bonnie shores of Scotland, and if they can, squeeze Glasgow in for a day before they leave, always in conversation their biggest regret on reflection is that they never spent enough time in Glasgow.
It’s a city of realism, maybe it is it’s harsh hardworking working class back ground, but there is no airs and graces when in a Glaswegians company and if you open yours ears and heart to them you will never have a better experience or party. Always tales to tell, always funny, you’re never more than two people away from a comedian and patter merchant. You will instantly be adopted and accepted if you posses the correct attitude as they don’t suffer fools or arrogance lightly, and are famed for not being shy to tell you how it is.
I chose to walk around the haunting and charismatic Drygate area of Glasgow. DRYGATE (Drygait) is one of the oldest and most historical throughfares in the city. ‘Dry’ is Germanic in origin, being the name by which a German priest was called in ancient times. ‘Gait’ comes from the Norse “gata”, meaning road or path, and originally referred to a gap, rather than the barrier which closed the port. you can read more about it’s fabulous history on this forum Drygate (click link)
The reason for my walk here was to see the old Duke street prison and also the Wellpark Brewery, Wellpark Brewery was originally known as the Drygate Brewery. It was founded as H&R Tennent in 1740 at Drygate Bridge, near Glasgow Cathedral, by Hugh and Robert Tennent, although brewing had been taking place at the same site on the banks of the Molendinar Burn since 1556, making it the oldest continuous commercial concern in Glasgow. Hugh Tennent’s sons, John and Robert, continued the family business, trading as J&R Tennent from 1769. The business expanded in the 1790s when the Tennent family purchased the neighbouring brewery of William McLehose, and renamed the 5-acre site Wellpark Brewery.
This is also one of the main stretches that will take you right into to hustle and bustle of Glasgow City Center , passing extraordinary buildings and sights along the way, in fact a wee detour can take you to the very impressive Glasgow Necropolis a Victorian cemetery (link attached 😉 ) that needs to be visited by every human who can make the journey. Anyway attached is some of my favourite images of my walk around the Brewery. Enjoy