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This morning I visited the Arthurlie Cross which is located in the midst of a social housing estate in Barrhead.

The cross is of the ‘Govan School’ of ecclesiastical scuplture and may date from somewhere between the 9th and 11th centuries AD.

Although the cross is believed to originate somewhere in or around Barrhead it was placed in its current position as recently as the 1940s. There has been no archaeological investigation of the monument which extends to some 2 metres/6 feet in height.

The stone comprises the shaft of a cross with the curved surfaces at the top suggesting that it was once a ring-headed cross.

The unworn section (pictured) is covered with panels of interlace carving . Unusually, there is a carved cross in one of the lower panels. The sides are decorated with bands of interlace pattern.

The short video clip (below) should help to fully appreciate this very ancient monument.

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This morning I visited an old industrial location called Snuff Bridge near Cathcart. To obtain the image I had to struggle ( fall!) down a very steep river bank. However, this was the right opportunity as during other times the foliage on the trees would obscure the view. Originally, there was a (water powered) water mill here which converted to snuff making in 1921 but later reverted to paper making. The bridge is named after the snuff manufacturing. The river is the White Cart Water which powered considerable industrial activity in and around Glasgow from the 17th through to the 20th centuries.

The video on the bottom left shows what I believe to be the remains of an old tramway (not far from the bridge) which was active during the time of heavy industry in the area-milling, coal mining and lime quarrying.

The video on bottom right shows the area around the Snuff Bridge.

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This evening, I am posting a short video clip of my visit to a regenerated area of the River Clyde near the centre of Glasgow. This shows the BBC building, Science Centre Tower, Bell’s Bridge and the Armadillo Conference Centre. Being mid-winter light conditions were poor. However, the architecture is quite impressive.

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