People's Palace Winter Garden

People’s Palace Winter Garden

This morning, we commenced our tour with a visit to Govan Old Church to view the unique collection of early medieval stones carved during the 9th-11th centuries. In total the collection comprises 31 monuments which include carved crosses, cross shafts and five ‘hogback‘ stones displaying Scandinavian culture from Northern England. The collection’s pièce de résistance is the Govan Sarcophagus, carved from solid stone, possibly as a repository for a royal body.

Sarcophagus

Sarcophagus

Hogbacks at Govan

Hogbacks at Govan

Next, we moved on to the nearby House for an Art Lover, designed by leading Glasgow architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1901 but not built until the 1990s. Key rooms are Main Hall, Dining Room, Music Room and Oval Room. Adjacent to the House is a colourful and well maintained garden.

Garden at House for Art Lover

Garden at House for Art Lover

Ding Room at House for Art Lover

Ding Room at House for Art Lover

House for an Art Lover

House for an Art Lover

Next, we drove out to Dumbarton where, benefiting from a low tide, we walked along the bank of the River Clyde to view remains of the Dumbuck Crannog which lies in mudflats below the high tide mark. This is an oval site where timber and stone structures can be viewed protruding from the river bed. The Crannog may date back 2000 years.

Dumbuck Crannog, River Clyde

Dumbuck Crannog, River Clyde

Next, we drove back into Glasgow, to the People’s Palace and Winter Gardens, a museum of popular history on three stories with an iron and glass Winter Gardens all dating from 1896. We had lunch here. Outside is the Doulton Fountain, the world’s largest such structure constructed of terracotta and dating from 1888.

People's Palace & Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green.

People’s Palace & Winter Gardens, Glasgow Green.

Doulton Fountain, Glasgow Green

Doulton Fountain, Glasgow Green

Close to the People’s Palace is the former Templeton’s Carpet Factory which was modelled on the Doge’s Palace in Venice and built in 1889.

Templeton's Carpet Factory

Templeton’s Carpet Factory

Our final visit was to the Glasgow Necropolis ( burial ground) located close to Glasgow Cathedral, This holds elaborate memorials to Glasgow’s elite from the 1830s onwards. The high elevation offers views over the city and beyond.

Glasgow Necropolis

Glasgow Necropolis

Tomorrow, we visit Stirling Castle and other important sites in central Scotland.

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