Glasgow Necropolis, Scotland

Glasgow Necropolis, Scotland

This evening, I escorted a Scandinavian tour group around Glasgow Necropolis.

This is one of the world’s great burial grounds.

The Necropolis is located close to Glasgow’s 13th century Cathedral. As a burial ground it had its genesis in the 1830s when Glasgow was expanding at a fast rate as a function of the Industrial Revolution.Unhealthy and unsanitary conditions led to a high death rate with which the existing burial grounds were unable to cope.

Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

The Necropolis (meaning City of the Dead) was used for burials from the 1930s. About 50,000  bodies are interred there.

During the 19th century Glasgow was known as the ‘second city of the British Empire’ creating huge wealth for certain elites many of whom were laid to rest in the Necropolis marked by extravagant, elaborate and expensive mausoleums and other monuments.

Principal access to the Necropolis is via impressive cast iron gates which provide access to the “Bridge of Sighs”.

Entrance Gates to Bridge of Sighs, Glasgow

Entrance Gates to Bridge of Sighs, Glasgow

James Merry Mausoleum, Glasgow Necropolis, Scotland.

James Merry Monument, Glasgow Necropolis, Scotland.

Wilson Mausoleum and Houldsworth Mausoleum

Wilson Mausoleum and Houldsworth Mausoleum

Charles Tennant Monument, Glasgow Necropolis, Scotland.

Charles Tennant Monument, Glasgow Necropolis, Scotland.

Monteath Mausoleum, Glasgow Necropolis, Scotland

Monteath Mausoleum, Glasgow Necropolis, Scotland

Davidson Monument, Glasgow Necropolis, Scotland.

Davidson Monument, Glasgow Necropolis, Scotland.

Crypt Entrance Facade, Glasgow Necropolis, Scotland.

Crypt Entrance Facade, Glasgow Necropolis, Scotland.

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