Friday, 10 December 2010

King's Theatre to Glasgow Cathedral: a November Walk

Welcome to my wee photoblog on Glasgow, where we feature the  joys and unjoys of walking and cycling through a fascinating, beautiful and often badly run city. For the blog's origin and an alphabetical list of posts  see the 'Introduction' post  -

http://glasgowalbum.blogspot.com/2010/02/introduction.html


Today is 23 November and we are walking eastwards down Bath St from  the King's Theatre end.



The King's is one of Glasgow's most popular theatres; see
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/King's_Theatre,_Glasgow
Looking down Elmbank St
Opposite the King's in Elmbank St is the Variety Gate building, self-described (with some justification) as  one of Glasgow's  'landmark office buildings', now largely (or maybe wholly) converted into flats
Moving along Bath St, we come to Holland St on the right
Looking across Bath St  to the Sauchiehall St end of Holland St
Heading down Holland St
Headquarters of Strathclyde Police on left
Looking up West Regent St
End of Holland St









The fine Adelaide Place Baptist church at the corner of Bath St and Pitt St; built 1877. See
http://www.sacredscotland.org.uk/church/adelaide-place-baptist-church-glasgow














View down Pitt St





Back in Bath St
Subsidence is a common problem in Glasgow


No left turn; or is it right?








Douglas St is next on right

Looking over to Dalhousie St, Garnethill. For the view from up there, see
http://glasgowalbum.blogspot.com/2010/03/garnethill.html
Blythswood St next



Now West Campbell St


Back walking down Bath St







Wellington St now














Hope St now





The legendary Watts Brothers store - dept-store shopping as it used to be. You may be reminded of Grace Bothers in Are You Being Served but the store  survives for two reasons - good value and good service. And who needs a website.


Foreshortened view down Bath St



Renfield St now

Looking back up Bath St
Down Renfield St

Back in Bath St






West Nile St now

Back in Bath St
Quick look back
The sun favoured this curry house




Moving on




Buchanan St now


Top end Buchanan St
Under the bridge heading east



Queen St on right
The blue shop three shops down used to be a fab classical music shop; recession victim. Queen St Station down the bottom













Looking back; the pedestrian side has been blocked off on the right but everyone (in November 2010) just slides through as this guy is doing



Now a furniture outlet, this magnificent former church (dedicated to St Andrew) was built for the Free Church in  1844. See
http://www.scottisharchitects.org.uk/architect_full.php?id=200501





North Hanover St - Buchanan St Bus Station is up on the left

Looking down North Hanover Street





The Christian Centre.  The established  churches may report dwindling congregations but the evangelicals are doing fine. See
www.thechristiancentre.com
Looking down South Frederick St to George Square. See
http://glasgowalbum.blogspot.com/2010/03/george-square.html


'Catherdral' Street Kitchen. Wonder if anyone has noticed






The old Registry Office building. In the late 50s I used to be down there 'scrambling'  for pennies after weddings






Shannon, Neve and Ryan. Perhaps not the triumverate governing body of Strathlyde University on the right

We have turned right onto Montrose St. . .
. . .one of the steepest city streets in Britain
Rottenrow on left


This facade and an arch further up are about all  that remains of the Royal Maternity; my sister and two daughters were born here









Now heading into Strathclyde Uni campus






Heading back onto Bath St
The Destiny church in the foreground - see the October walk,
http://glasgowalbum.blogspot.com/2010/10/townhead-to-duke-st-to-george-square.html
with the Royal Infirmary in the distance

The Royal and Glasgow Cathedral




Castle St looking north
Castle St looking south





This is the St Mungo Museum, summed up in its own carefully chosen words thus:


'The aim of this unique museum - the only public museum to examine all the world's major religious faiths - is to promote understanding and respect between people of different faiths or none. The building, in Cathedral Square looks ancient, but was actually built in 1989 - in Scottish Baronial style - on the site of a medieval Bishop's Palace. St Mungo Museum is the perfect place for children - and adults - to learn about other peoples’ religious beliefs and customs, and to explore the age-old themes of life, death and the hereafter. There are four exhibition areas spread across three floors: the Gallery of Religious Art, the Gallery of Religious Life, the Scottish Gallery and a temporary exhibition space. Find out about the world's six main religions - Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and Sikhism in the Gallery of Religious Life - and listen to people of all religions talk about their faith. You can admire the awesome figure of the Hindu god Shiva, God of the Dance and reflect on the lives of Christian saints and prophets depicted in the beautiful stained glass windows that illuminate the Gallery of Religious Art. In the Scottish Gallery, you can unravel the fascinating tale of how religion shaped the culture and beliefs of people in the West of Scotland from earliest times to the present. The museum has wonderful views of the Cathedral and the Necropolis, and there’s  the peaceful Japanese Zen garden where you can pause to reflect and unwind.'

See
It is said that taxi drivers refer to the building as 'Fort Weetabix' but this is just one of those things that people say - 'people say' the Glasgow Underground is called the 'Clockwork Orange' but no one does. It's a museum that Glaswegians haven't taken to, I think. Far from looking 'ancient', it justs looks like a phony heritage artefact - part of the BBC River City set perhaps.  Has some nice exhibits though.
Real history: the oldest house in Glasgow, built 1471. See
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Provand's_Lordship
From this point - looking down Macleod St to the left of Provand's Lordship -  you used to be able to see our 1st floor window  in Collins St, and you could often see our cats on the window sill. Cats and home and surrounding tenements all long gone.

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