Plans submitted to transform 1850’s murder site in Glasgow into new boutique hotel


A plan has been submitted to transform a townhouse in Glasgow’s Blythwood Square that was reportedly the scene of a murder in 1850, into a new boutique hotel.

5-7 Blythswood Square, a building that is said to be ‘haunted by a 19th century socialite Madeleine Smith’, could be converted into a 59-bedroom hotel, if a proposal is given the green light by Glasgow City Council.

The derelict property was acquired last year by Marshall CDP, a Yorkshire-based construction company, for £2.45m, who have now detailed plans to change the building from its current use class as office space to a hotel.

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It is not know who will operate the hotel if the proposal is accepted.

A design statement accompanying the application explains a murder took place in the basement flat of 7 Blythswood Square.

It states: “The basement flat at 7 Blythswood Square was the home of Madeline Smith and her family in the 1850s. Miss Smith was accused of poisoning her lover but after a long trial the jury reached a verdict of “not proven”. Jack House records the details in “Square Mile of Murder”.

In the 1920s the building was converted into office use and now Marshall CDP is promising to build a ‘world class 59 bed boutique hotel, leisure and hospitality venue’.

The City Council is expected to make a decision on the plans by October 19. 

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