Sunday, 21 October 2012

Glasgow - Part 6

This posting covers Rutherglen in the south-east of the city.

The first clock is on the totally over-the-top tower on Rutherglen Town Hall. The massive bulk of the tower is out of scale with the rest of the building, which is what makes it so marvellous.

The town hall was built in 1861-62, and the tower is 110 ft (33.5 m) tall.

A short way west along Main Street is the Old Parish Church, founded in the 12th century. The tower is from the 15th or 16th century, with the spire being a later addition from 1710.

The hands are in the classic stopped clock position of 12 o'clock.

The clock on the tower of Rutherglen West Parish Church, is in working order. This is a much later church of 1848-50. Its location on Glasgow Road reveals the fact that Rutherglen was a separate town, with a charter dating back to 1179, and only officially became part of Glasgow in 1975.

The clock may be a bit shabby, but it seems to be much loved by the pigeons.

The next clock is inside the local shopping centre, and is one of two identical ones. You wouldn't go into this centre for top-of-the-range shopping, but the cafe does a wonderful, no-nonsense old fashioned (1970's style) chocolate fudge cake, and you can't say fairer than that.

The only other clock that I could find in Rutherglen was this standard example in the booking office of the railway station.

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