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Today, I decided to explore some of Glasgow’s famous buildings with a ‘Greek’ Thomson theme.

Alexander Thomson was, arguably, the greatest architect of Victorian Glasgow. He obtained the sobriquet ‘Greek’ because he believed that the architecture of ancient Greece could be the basis of modern architecture. Notwithstanding Thomson’s fascination for Greece, he never actually visited the country. He was born in Balfron in 1817 and died in 1875 at his home in Moray Place, the terrace he had designed.

Here are some images of the Caledonia Road Church 1856-57. This was Thomson’s first church but now a vandalised ruin on the edge of the Gorbals. However, the remains have a certain dignity and distinction with an elevated portico and a most unusual tower, probably inspired by modern German architecture.

Bucks Head Building-1863. This is located at 59-61 Argyle Street & Dunlop Street. A commercial building in which the iron construction is expressed externally.

The Gordon Street, Warehouse, opposite Central Station.

There is an Edwardian era superstructure placed on top. However, the Thomson facade is very visible; it is full of subtleties and distinctive ornament.

Egyptian Halls, Union Street. 1870-72.

Exterior looks sad/tired. This building was built as a bazaar or shopping centre and named after the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly, London. Interior constructed of iron; exterior of stone and was designed in a series of rich horizontal layers building up to a colonnade.

Grecian Buildings
, 336-356 Sauchiehall Street. 1867-68
Originally a commercial warehouse but now the Centre for Contemporary Arts.

This is the famous Willow Tea Rooms, Sauchiehall Street. Nothing to do with Thomson but took the pic as I was passing.

St. Vincent Street Church 1857-59 (Cnr. of Pitt St.)

The only surviving intact Thomson church. It is raised up on its own man-made Acropolis on the steeply sloping site. The ionic porticoes raised up are purely symbolic while the tall steeple is believed to be Indian inspired.Cast iron columns with extraordinary capitals are found inside.
This building still appears to be in use a living Church ( Free Presbyterian). The exterior would benefit from a good clean!!

Acknowledgement: For this tour and information I am indebted to a brochure: ‘Glasgow Architectural Guide 1’.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Stratford upon Avon

Shakespeare’s School, Stratford upon Avon

Shakespeare’s Tomb, Stratford Upon Avon

Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford Upon Avon

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Shottery, near Straford Upon Avon

Palmer’s Farm, Wilmcote

Mary Arden’s House, Wilmcote, near Stratford

16th century farming at Palmer’s Farm.

Pigs at Old Farm, near Moreton in Marsh. Excellent B&B in 300 acre organic farm.

Bodleian Library, Oxford

The following images are of Oxford Colleges and associated buildings

Hypocaust System at Chedworth Roman Villa

Roman Mosaic at Chedworth

Dusk at Bourton on the Hill, Cotswolds

15th century barn at Swalcliffe.
Interior of Swalcliffe Barn.
The Castle Inn at Edgehill, famous English civil war battle site.

View from Edgehill
Thatched Cottage near Hidcote Manor

Gardens at Hidcote

Quaint cottage at Chipping Campden

17th century Market Hall at Chipping Campden

Broadway Tower

Chastleton House

Burford Church

English pub at Burford
Old water mill at Lower Slaughter
Village scene at Lower Slaughter
St. Mary’s Church at Lower Slaughter
Views of Bourton on the Water

Country scene near Lanacost Priory

Hadrian’s Wall at Birdoswald Roman Fort

Views at Rosslyn Chapel

Edinburgh Castle
Royal Mile at Edinburgh
Views inside St. Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh

External view of St.Giles Cathedral

Royal High School, Edinburgh
Scottish Parliament, Edinburgh

View of Edinburgh from Calton Hill
At Swilken Bridge, St. Andrews
Royal and Ancient at St. Andrews

St. Andrew’s Cathedral
View of St Andrews with castle
Abernethy Tower
St Rule’s Church, St Andrew’s
Unusual funghi on tree

Ossian’s Hall, near Dunkeld
Bridge at Ossian’s Hall

View of river Braan at Ossian’s Hall
Living archaeology at the Crannog Centre, Kenmore

Stone circle above Kenmore
Acharn Burn
Falls of Acharn
Croft Moraig stone circle
General Wade’s Bridge at Aberfeldy

River Tay at Hilton Hotel, Dunkeld

Edradour Distillery
Derelict Church near Dalwhinnie
Eilean Donan Castle

Rainbow at Broadford, Isle of Skye

Remains of a Broch on Isle of Skye

Views at Quaraing, Isle of Skye

Mealt Falls, Isle of Skye
Kilt Rock, Isle of Skye
Falls near Glencoe
Glenfinnan Monument

On the boat to Staffa
Medieval grave markers at Kilmartin Church

Prehistoric burial at Kilmartin Glen

Inside tomb at Kilmartin Glen. Grave slab has cup markings.

Kilmartin Glen burial site

Ancient rock carvings at Achnabreck

Female deer (hind) takes an afternoon stroll at Lochranza, Arran

Tour guide at Arran Distillery

Stag on road near Lochranza, Arran

Your tour guide at Druid’s Stone, Arran

Sheila and Stu at the Druid’s Stone

View of Holy Isle from Arran

Finding elusive stone circle between Brodick and Lamlash, Arran

Early morning view of Goat Fell, Arran

Inside Great Hall at Stirling Castle

External view of Great Hall, Stirling Castle

View from Stirling Castle to Wallace Monument

Another view of the Wallace Monument with Ochills

Watching salmon leaping up River Braan from Ossian’s Hall

Tree silhouetted in the sun at Ossian’s Hall

Afternoon view at Acharn Burn

Exhaustion on reaching the stone circle overlooking Loch Tay!!

Another view of the stone circle high up on the hill.

Falls of Acharn
A rare unicorn sheep, near Acharn

Kenmore Hotel, North end of Loch Tay

Church at Kenmore in the fall.

Rock Art on Ben Lawers.

Rock art revealed at Ben Lawers

Archaeologists discover stone artifacts around cup-and-ring marked rocks in Perthshire.

A small team of archaeologists working on the National Trust for Scotland’s ground at Ben Lawers, Perthshire, has uncovered traces of rock art that could date back into the Neolithic period, 5000 years ago. Professor Richard Bradley, from the University of Reading, and Aaron Watson are leading the team of specialists. A recent survey, undertaken as part of the Ben Lawers Historic Landscape Project, of the north side of Loch Tay recorded a large number of previously unknown cup-and–ring marked rocks. The site chosen for excavation is on one of the terraces along the hillside with spectacular views down the loch to Kenmore. The archaeologists have been excavating small trenches around the bedrock outcrops to try and find any artefactual evidence that might be contemporary with the carving and use of the rock art sites. Already quantities of flaked and worked quartz have been recovered. More surprising, however, was the discovery of two flakes of Arran pitchstone.nt style=””> This is a volcanic glass that is only found on the isle of Arran in the Firth of Clyde and must have been brought to the site at Ben Lawers.p>

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Aaron Watson has studied numbers of these sites including some in Kilmartiass=”blsp-spelling-error” id=”SPELLING_ERROR_43″>n Glen, in Argyll. ‘What is important about our current work is trying to move beyond simply studying the individual motifs to finding evidence for the people who made, used and understood these sites’.nt style=””>

‘The discovery of artifacts around these rock art sites is a major step forward in our understanding of Scotland’s prehistoric past’ said Derek Alexander, West Region Archaeologist for the National Trust for Scotland, ‘once again the National Nature Reserve at Ben Lawers has benefited from some of the country’s leading experts in their field’.nt>


Would you like to learn more about the archaeological work at Ben Lawers and the National Trust for Scotland? For further information contact:

Aaron Watson, freelance archaeologist 07092201012

(Project Co-Director)

Derek Alexander NTS West Region Archaeologist 0141 616 5120

07887 577933

View of Loch Tay looking north towards Kenmore. Fantastic weather for October!

Reflections in Loch Awe

Experimental archaeology at the Crannog Centre
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View of the Crannog, Loch Tay
This is where we found the rock art, high on Ben Lawers

View of Loch Tay from Ben Lawers.

Cloisters at Iona Abbey

Circa 9th century Pictish grave marker at Iona

Inside Iona Abbey

External view of Iona Abbey

Ruined Nunnery at Iona

View of Staffa with Fingal’s Cave
Columns on Staffa caused by 60m year old volcano
Hexagonal blocks caused by cooling volcanic lava ( Staffa)

Inside of Fingal’s Cave

More volcanic residue on Staffa
Aspect of Staffa.
Prehistoric rock carvings at Achnabreck, Kilmartin Glen

Castle at Lochranza, Isle of Arran

Mushroom hunters at lodgings on Brodick, Arran

Ancient rock carvings, near Brodick on Arran

Machrie Moor stone circles, Arran

This may be the remians of a kist burial (Machrie Moor, Arran).

A very well worked circular stone on Machrie Moor-purpose??