"Glasgow City Halls in Candleriggs opened in 1841. There were five separate halls, including the Grand Hall, which originally had a capacity of 3,500. The halls were a popular venue for a wide range of events, including concerts, recitals, dances, lectures and political and social meetings.
Well-known personalities such as Charles Dickens, William Thackeray and David Livingstone made appearances at the halls, as did entertainers such as the popular Victorian tenor, Durward Lely, featured here." (Search City Hall)