My last visit to the Barras was something of a flying visit – being pressed for time, I concentrated on reconnoitering the whole of the area, and working out how the different markets and spaces fitted together. Here are some pics of the process, with commentary.
Later in the week I’ll complete the Backcauseway posts, and post up some ‘keys’ to the diagrams. And by August – honest – I’ll have another complete drawing.
Here is the approach to the Barras. You can just see the ‘Barrowlands’ venue up the road there, and the shops that front, and in many respects, merge into the market.
I hadn’t paid much attention to the traders outside – the indoor markets tend to be the most immediately ‘appealing’, so I made a point of spending some time outside. I had to be careful when taking photos not to get the guys selling tobacco out of plastic bags – they were looking at me somewhat threateningly and no doubt, would not appreciate appearing on camera.
Of course, the outside market always fronts onto the covered indoor markets – here is one of the McIvor’s Market, where my friend from the bookstall could just be spotted.
The front of the market, and the faded facade of the Trader’s Tavern.
My family used to run a prize bingo, so I could not resist a look at this one…
The furniture markers, and the entrance to the Square Yard, my other favourite market and the subject of an upcoming post. You can see one of the Barras signs, to the East.