Charing Cross
Charing Cross Mansions, Glasgow (geograph 4137464).jpg
Charing Cross Mansions, one of the city's oldest and grandest red sandstone tenements, built in 1891
Glasgow, Scotland
Coordinates55°52′01″N 4°16′16″W / 55.86685°N 4.27113°W / 55.86685; -4.27113Coordinates: 55°52′01″N 4°16′16″W / 55.86685°N 4.27113°W / 55.86685; -4.27113
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Maintained byGlasgow City Council

Charing Cross is a major road junction in the Scottish city of Glasgow. It is situated north of the River Clyde at the intersection of Sauchiehall Street, St George's Road, Woodlands Road, North Street and Newton Street,[1] as well as being at a major interchange of the M8 motorway.

Taking its name originally from a block of tenements named Charing Cross Place built in the 1850s, which continue at the south-west corner with North Street, the junction of Sauchiehall Street was formed as part of the original development of Blythswood Hill including Blythswood Square, St George's Road and North Street becoming known as Charing Cross, linking the city centre and the new West End, commencing at Woodlands and Sandyford.

Much of its architecture was destroyed when the motorway was built through it in the late 1960s, notably the Grand Hotel at its heart.[2][3][4] It still marks the boundary between the City Centre and the West End of the city. There are ornate red sandstone tenement blocks dating from the late Victorian period at two corners of the junction, at the north-west (St George's Mansions, Frank Burnet)[5] and south-east (Charing Cross Mansions, John James Burnet),[6] while nearby landmarks include the Mitchell Library. In 2019, Glasgow City Council put forward plans to cover over more of the motorway (which is in a cutting through the area) with a parkland area to better connect the areas on each side.[7]

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.[8]

Charing Cross railway station is a short distance to the south; the nearest Glasgow Subway station is St George's Cross, located at the junction of the same name to the north of Charing Cross, also much diminished in its importance by the installation of the M8.

abstract mural by Keith McCarter
abstract mural by Keith McCarter

Nearby is an abstract concrete relief mural by Keith McCarter, made circa 1972.[9]



  1. ^ Glasgow’s Crosses, Glasgow History, 28 May 2016
  2. ^ Charing Cross, 1903 (Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection, Postcards Collection), The Glasgow Story
  3. ^ What the M8 did to the landscape of Charing Cross and Anderston, Glasgow Live, 18 February 2019
  4. ^ Charing Cross, Glasgow History
  5. ^ St George's Mansions, Discover Glasgow
  6. ^ Charing Cross Mansions, Discover Glasgow
  7. ^ A pedestrianised cover could be installed over the M8 in Glasgow, Glasgow Live, 9 January 2019
  8. ^ House, Jack Square Mile of Murder
  9. ^ "McCarter, Keith, b.1936". Art UK. Retrieved 17 December 2022.