To the traveller who doesn't do their homework, Glasgow can seem like a bustling city of shops but with a bit of research and extra effort, it can be a mixture of delight, culture and great atmosphere. As this blog normally portrays a journey that usually includes hidden friends and people, it can be very difficult to spend time looking for that extra special shot as I hurry by with quick captures that become relatively acceptable. With that in mind, I looked forward to revisiting this location and a few new surprises in the next post. From previous experiences for some strange reason, Glasgow seems to bring out the Google searchers in a big way, so apologies for the detail here ... it's for them as well.
On a side note, I can't quite take in how busy I have been lately, making my Mothers house presentable for the Estate agent to rent even though it's not going to cover the cost of the nursing care home. There are still lots of things to transport from it but are well hidden behind cupboard doors at the moment. Like other exhibits in this post, the transportation and renovation included upgrading and replacement of all but one internal doors, complete redecoration, three carpets and a fireplace. I need to start on the exterior work next.
|Across the railway bridge to arrive into Glasgow Central|
There are numerous bridges over The River Clyde but none more spectacular than this small and yet grand South Portland street suspension footbridge designed by Alexander Kirkland and built by George Martin.
Work on building the bridge commenced in 1851 and took two years to build due to one of the towers splitting vertically following the erecting of the chains. The design was quickly modified but less than twenty years later, the rest of the bridge had to be strengthened with further upgrades in 1926 and 2004 to keep the structure viable.
|"Masonry and chains"|
The Briggait was completed in 1854 after taking nine years to build was inspired by the design of a Paris market hall. It opened as a fish market in 1873 with further building extensions at the turn of the century but better facilities were found elsewhere and the building was no longer needed in the 1970's.
A Charity organisation was set up to prevent it from demolition although ideas about turning it into a successful shopping centre failed. After years of seeming inactivity, hopes are raised that something positive can be made out of the new visual arts centre it houses.
|McLennan Arch final resting place ... moved and rebuilt 3 times !|
The Green itself being the oldest park in the city has incredible history dating back to 1450 when King James II gave land to the Bishop for the people of Glasgow. Despite being used originally for more routine chores such as washing and grazing, the land was less than ideal until it was levelled and drained in 1826.
Coal was discovered below the surface in 1821 but on each occasion that mining was suggested throughout the nineteenth century, public opposition was so intense so such a sensitive site that it never took place. Unusual indeed for Victorian times when the ordinary public defeated the businessmen of their day.
At New Year in 1745, Bonnie Prince Charlie and his army once camped on land that is now includes Glasgow Green and requested that the city provide them with new footwear and clothes whilst James Watt thought up some ideas for his steam engine whilst out on a walk 20 years later. Political meetings and anti war rallies were held here from as early as 1816 with other large gatherings in more recent times being for open air music events.
One of the most unusual sights on the opposite side of Glasgow Green from McLennan Arch is The 1889 Templeton Carpet Factory. Based on the actions of the residents on Glasgow Green during the 19th century, it was suggested that the nearby wealthy residents didn't want to overlook a factory so a Venetian design was incorporated into the building, although I'm not sure how that theory fits in with the birth of The Peoples Palace (more of that later).
|Doge's Palace, Venice ... nearly !!|
The Doulton fountain was another structure that was built elsewhere by Royal Doulton for the International exhibition of 1888 to celebrate Queen Victoria's long reign and was moved to Glasgow Green two years later. It is claimed that this is the largest Terracotta fountain in the world.
The Peoples Palace and Winter Gardens were opened in 1898. The concept was to provide a cultural focus for the overcrowded and poorer people in the east end of the city. At the opening ceremony it was stated by The Prime Minister, Lord Rosebery, "A palace of pleasure and imagination around which the people may place their affections and which may give them a home on which their memory may rest".
|An interior period shop|
Extensive renovations taking two years were performed on the occasion of the 100th year anniversary.
|Possibly the largest conservatory in Scotland ??!!!|
|Something big !|
|Something small !|
It was a long time since I had eaten, I've seen better but the food from the cafe tasted good in these surroundings ... particularly the Lorne Sausage ....
|The Winter Gardens (Late) breakfast|
Now to catch up with all the blogs and start editing photos for part 2 ....