Monday, 15 October 2012

Glasgow - Part 4

Part 4 starts with this cracker of a clock. Or in fact two clocks as there is a pair of identical clocks, one on each end of this building on Bothwell Street.

Unfortunately neither clock is currently working.

Moving on to the City Free Church of 1857-59 on St Vincent Street, and another big clock tower in a city that is full of them.

Below is the Central Hotel of 1882-84, located, not surprisingly, next to Glasgow Central station. The predominantly plain tower is in contrast to the rest of the building, but is in keeping with the other weird and wonderful clock towers in the city.

Another tower can be found on St George's Tron of 1807-09 in Buchanan Street.

The building below can be found at the junction of Gordon Street with Union Street. I'm rather taken with understated but elegant clock. Methinks that it was installed before the building became occupied by The Carphone Warehouse.

Charing Cross Mansions of 1889-91 are sited where Sauchiehall Street meets the urban disaster that is the M8 motorway. The area is totally car-dominated, taking away the ability to really appreciate this clock and its surrounding sculpture by William Birnie Rhind.

Having said that, the clock is currently not working, perhaps affected by all the traffic fumes.

On the opposite side of the motorway is the Cameron Memorial Fountain of 1896, erected in memory of Charles Cameron MP. In my experience you get elaborate drinking fountains and elaborate clock towers from the Victorian age, but not normally the two combined as in this example. But like its companion across the motorway, this is a non-functioning clock.

Moving slightly northwards on this side of the M8, we come to St George's Mansions. A decade later (1900-01) than Charing Cross Mansions, the block also has a clock with an elaborate surround.

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