This evening my theme is Scotland’s Tower Houses including a selection of illustrative images.
Tower Houses date from the 14t to 15th centuries and evolved out of earlier timber structures. Although built to give an impression of defence, the actual driver was status, to impress and demonstrate wealth as, by this time, Scotland was generally a peaceable country. The actual tower was invariably not adequate in size to accommodate the household retinue and hence was generally supplemented by other buildings and accommodations which often included a large hall for entertainment purposes.
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This evening, the theme of my posting is Newark Castle which I will address in greater detail later. Firstly, here is an update on today:
Glasgow Weather: Temperature in high single digits (centigrade) with no rain and a blue sky. Good conditions for cycling and photographs. However, temperature has dropped to freezing this evening.
Today’s Outing in Glasgow: Through the unusual medium of a Google Alert, I connected with a local Glasgow Tour Guide who I met for coffee and provisionally arranged for her to assist a client I have who is seeking a Charles Rennie Mackintosh themed walking tour of Glasgow. Coinciding with this meeting, I paid a visit to Glasgow’s Necropolis where I learned more about the local Heritage Trail and undertook some ancestry research. Encountered one Victorian family memorial which lists the deaths of six children of which five died under the age of eight years. A sad reflection on the high rate of infant mortality at the time, even the wealthy were not immune to the very poor public health conditions prevailing in Glasgow at the time.
Cycling in Glasgow: Whenever possible I cycle on my various trips. This activity highlights the deteriorating state of the roads in Glasgow, particularly the rising incidence of deep potholes, no doubt aggravated by the extreme cold weather of late. Road surface conditions in Glasgow are increasingly dangerous for cyclists-and probably serve to damage quite a few car suspensions as well!
Scotland Tour Arranging: Quite a lot of activity, viz:
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