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TOUR GLASGOW

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Today, I ventured into Glasgow’s West End, principally to locate some more examples of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s work.

Here is a pic of the National Piping Centre, McPahter St. It was formerly a Free Church building designed by Doublas and Sellars in 1872. It seems to have a neo-classical Greek Thomson feel about it.
The Sixty Steps-1872.Kelvinside Terrace West, 8 Queen Margaret’s Place

Greek Thomson designed this monumental flight of steps which connected with a now-demolished bridge across the River Kelvin.

View of the River Kelvin in the fall. This river is a northern tributary of the River Clyde.
Here are some images of Northpark Terrace-1863-65, 35-51 Hamilton Drive.

One of Thomson’s austere designs: a long infill terrace of retained and repetitive rectilinear elegance.



Eton Terrace-1862-64 41-52 Oakfield Avenue/Great George Street.

This is a Thomson designed terrace of houses with the ends made prominent with pedimented temple-fronts and with much use of Thomson’s favourite square columns. Rhythms are set up by the games played with wall planes and window surrounds while each pair of porches is treated as a miniature temple.





Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. This was designed by John W Simpson and E J Milner Allen, joint architects, of London, in 1892. The building was completed in 1901.
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Today, I am still one day out of kilter. These are images taken yesterday of my visit to Glasgow City Centre. My aim was to photograph all the statues in George Square, a task which was stymied by a tacky fairground set up in the square. Here are the images which I did obtain.

St. George’s Church, Tron viewed from George Street. This church was completed in 1809 to the designs of William Stark. The tower shows Baroque influences at the upper tiers, without resorting too much to the elaborate decoration which usually exemplifies that style.

View from Glasgow Bridge looking east looking towards Victoria Bridge and Albert Bridge.

Alleyway near Central Station. Seems to be straight out of a Dickens novel!
Views of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Lighthouse. The former Glasgow Herald Building is now home to Scotland’s award winning Centre for Architecture, Design and the City.



View of City and St Georges Church, Tron from West George Street

Statue in George Square to James Watt

View of City Chambers in George Square through fairground.


Statue of Robert Burns with that of Sir Walter Scott (very tall plinth) in the background.


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FARMERS MARKET

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Today I am catching up on yesterday’s images. Have now mastered the art of downloading from mobile.

The images are of a local farmers’ market. Good range of food etc., cheeses, all sorts of burgers, meat, fruit drinks, fruit & veg. Bought some honey and special pork and apple burgers.

Weather overcast with showers. Good shopping experience interacting with the local producers who actually make the products.



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