Here’s a unique photograph of part of Glyn Square. the square originally had houses on three sides. There were two terraces of 6 on the north and south side and a terrace of 20 on the west side – behind the photographer in this photo.
The picture shows the south terrace. The north terrace was pulled down in the 1890s for works expansion and at about the same time these cottages were enlarged to allow for a third bedroom.
Glyn Square, although still formally recognised in the shopping area, was, as its name suggests, a square. It was bounded by the railway line to the east (now McConnell Drive) with two short terraces of six units to the north and south, and a twenty unit terrace on the west side. This photo shows a corner of that terrace from the end of Church Street.
The next photo, looking eastwards from Creed Street, shows the back of the same corner with the backs of the southern terrace beyond.
The eastern part of the square was taken up with various railway buildings in the 20th century and later the training School in the 1950s. The northern terrace was demolished in the early 20th century, so for a long time it was an L-shaped square.
The square was named after George Carr Glyn, later Baron Wolverton, long time chairman of the L & BR and the L & NWR.