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Images of Glasgow, Scotland

Thursday, February 25, 2010

This morning started damp and wet with a good layer of snow and more snow forecast. I had the idea of going into Glasgow Centre to obtain some images of George Square covered in snow, but such was not be as upon arrival there was no snow to be seen. However, took the opportunity to walk around and take some interesting pictures of Glasgow which are discussed below.

Here is an aspect of Central Station, Glasgow's largest, which dates from 1876-79 with a viaduct added in 1901-6.

This is a gateway to the Merchant City, once an area where tobacco merchants reigned supreme in the 18th century and now home to upscale shops such as Armani and Ralph Lauren. Many of the buildings date back to the 18th century and are attributed to famous architects such as Robert Adam.

Former bank building designed by Elliot and Black in 1820s and 1830s.

Inside Gallery of Modern Art. This building is of architectural interest as was once a mansion house built by the wealthy trader William Cunninghame in the late 18th century.

Another display in the Gallery.
Duke of Wellington Statue which is located outside the Gallery of Modern art. This was erected by Baron Marochetti in October 1844.

One of the twelve statues in George Square. Whilst walking on Glasgow Green in 1765 James Watt had the inspiration to improve the efficiency of the newly developed steam engine by using a separate condenser and a steam jacket.

This is Glasgow City Chambers ( City Hall) which houses the largest local government authority in Scotland. This is a grand building dating from 1888 which reflects Glasgow's status at the time as second city of the British Empire.

Statue of Robert Peel. He was Prime Minister 1834-5 and instituted the modern police force. He was also Rector of Glasgow University from 1836-8.

Atop this very high plinth is a statue of Sir Walter Scott, famous novelist of the late 18th/early 19th century . He wrote the Waverley Novels, Kenilworth and much more. The plinth was originally designed for a statue of King George III but this monarch lost favour with the Glasgow elite due to a combination of intermittent madness and loss of the American colonies which impacted severely on the trade of the Glasgow tobacco merchants.

The following two pics show Queen Street Station which is noted for its fine, flat arched roof and dates from 1842.


posted by Catswhiskers @ 12:28 PM 


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