Friday, 27 March 2015

Charing Cross, Glasgow

The other day I was visiting a private dentist in Newton Terrace, Glasgow for a consultation on repairing a few of my teeth which were damaged in an accident.

On the walk from the railway station I passed Charing Cross which has some beautiful buildings but their beauty has been spoiled to an extent by the M8 motorway which prevents admiring them fully.
Below are some of the photographs I took.

Charing Cross Mansions

Charing Cross Mansions
Designed by Glasgow architect J.J. Burnet and completed in 1891, this magnificent building was influenced by the architect's French training at the Ecole des Beaux Arts. The mansions were influenced by the Parisian Hôtel de Ville which was originally built in 1530 and then rebuilt in 1888. It connects St. George’s Road with the eastern section of Sauchiehall Street.
Charing Cross Mansions
The fine detail of the mansions can be seen above. This building would have been the home to many well-to-do people.

Cameron Fountain

Cameron Fountain
I had difficulty taking a photograph of this due to the location of the sun in the sky and only managed to photograph one side.

The fountain is also known as the Charing Cross Fountain and is Glasgow's own miniature "Leaning Tower of Pisa" due to it leaning to one side.
It is a Doulton terracotta structure on a granite base and was designed by Robert Brydon. It was installed in 1895-6.
The inscription reads as follows:
 In Honour Of
 Sir Charles Cameron, BART. D.L.L.L.D.
 In Recognition Of
 His Many Services To This City
 And To Scotland
 During 21 Years In Parliament
 1874 - 1895 

Mitchell Library

Mitchell Library
The Mitchell Library is the largest public library in Europe. This is another magnificent building, but is very difficult to view because of the motorway running in front of it.

Funding for the library was given by Stephen Mitchell, a wealthy tobacco manufacturer, whose company, Stephen Mitchell & Son, would become one of the constituent members of the Imperial Tobacco Company. The building was opened in 1911.

The distinctive copper dome surmounted a bronze statue was designed by Thomas Clapperton and is often referred to as Minerva, the Roman goddess of wisdom.

Renfield St Stephen's Parish Church

This Church of Scotland building is located in Bath Street and was built with beautiful polished Kenmure sandstone. It was designed as an Independent Chapel by London architect J T Emmett in 1852. The windows were designed by Norman Macdougall in 1905 and depictthe four Disciples of Christ.

Renfield St Stephen's Parish Church
A church centre was added in the 1960's which includes the Oasis Café which serves lovely meals and snacks.

Renfield St Stephen's Parish Church
Square Mile of Murder

The Square Mile of Murder was first mentioned by the Scottish journalist and author Jack House, in his 1961 book of the same name. Four of Scotland's most infamous murders were committed within an area of one square mile (3 km2) of Charing Cross.

The murders involved Madeleine Smith, Jessie McLachlan, Dr. Edward Pritchard and Oscar Slater. Of these four, only Dr Pritchard was found guilty of murdering his wife and mother-in-law and he was the last man to be hanged in Glasgow in front of 100,000 spectators.

Madeleine Smith was found  'not proven' by a court for murdering her lover. Jessie McLachlan spent 15 years in Perth Prison for a horrific murder that no-one - except the judge and jury - thought she had committed. She was lucky not be hanged.

Oscar Slater was wrongly-identified as the man seen leaving a crime scene and spent 18 years in prison for a murder he did not commit. This may have been because he was foreign, Jewish and living with a woman who was not his wife.

The information regarding these cases can be found in the Mitchell Library.


It had been a good day out - flicking through Gucci, Prada and Eden books in the lounge of the dental clinic and admiring the beautiful buildings while walking in the area.


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