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This afternoon, I went down to the Gorbals area of Glasgow to view and photograph the fascinating display of diverse architecture on view.

Gorbals Architecture

Gorbals has a long history with records dating back to 1285 and includes Tradeston, Laurieston and Huchesontown. The name may have Gaelic origin and mean ‘rough village’ or a Brittonic (Welsh) origin meaning ‘wide, spacious place’. Either way. the story of the Gorbals is reasonably well documented spanning 500 years as a village then 100 years of development during the industrial era culminating in a final period of decay and post war redevelopment. In the U.K. the Gorbals became a byword for social deprivation. However, extensive redevelopment during the period 1953-1996 has witnessed a transformation resulting a more confident community residing in a diversified and colourful architectural landscape-as evidenced in the images provided below. This collection includes the now ruined Caledonia Road Free Church design by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson which dates from 1856. continue reading…

This evening, I am focusing on Drummond Castle which is located near Muthill in Perthshire, central Scotland. This site attracts visitors as a function of the elaborate and well maintained Italianate parterre gardens. Unfortunately the castle ( Tower House) is not open to the public, which is very unfortunate. The original castle was built in 1491 and then rebuilt in 1653 after a siege by Cromwell’s troops. The building appears to be maintained in very good condition and affords a good understanding of an original, 15thcentury high status tower house constructed with defence in mind.

Drummond Castle

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Today, we undertook a private, small group tour as follows:

  • Left Glasgow prompt at 9.00am
  • Arrive Stirling Castle about 10.20am. Here we undertook a short tour covering  the Great Hall, Chapel Royal, Kitchens, Tapestry Weaving and general aspects of the castle’s architecture and history. Also views across the surrounding landscape including Wallace Monument.

Palace at Stirling Castle

Entrance to Stirling Castle

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