Monday, 21 February 2011

Alexander 'Greek' Thomson 3: the Egyptian Halls Part 2: the Exterior

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 see the 'Introduction' post -
An alphabetical list of all posts so far can be found at the end of this post.
This post of exterior shots is the follow up to the one showing pics of the interior of the Egyptian Halls -
Well, 'hidden exterior' I should say. The wrapper is rather effective though at showing what lies beneath

Original moulding surrounded by graffiti

Now in Sloan Lane which runs parallel to Union St; back of Egyptian Halls at end of Lane

Glasgow has been defined in fiction as a city of violent streets - there's something in that, but Glasgow is also a mysterious, liminal city of old ghosts and hidden, forgotten paths - as much Neil Gaiman and Susannah Clarke as No Mean City

You can see what the lane looks like from 3rd floor window at previous post

Back in Union St

Union St has many fine buildings

Thomson Heritage Trail plaque

View down Union St to Jamaica St, where you will find more fine buildings, including Gardners Warehouse (1856), the earliest (and still loveliest) cast-iron fronted commercial building in Britain. The name 'Jamaica St' reminds us that the money which flowed into Glasgow in the 18th century came in on the back of slaves working in the horrific Scottish-owned slave plantations in the West Indies. Glasgow, like the rest of Scotland, has a record of ignoring its own history
Glasgow is famously a city of surreal sights, and this person carrying a large floppy gnome attracted little comment
But there is nothing more surreal here than the sight of one of Europe's great buildings wrapped in silence
This (from 1st floor) and the next pic belong to the previous interior post but somehow dropped off, so am adding them here - I do this on an old mac and editing is a nightmare - huge spaces appear and the pics seem to migrate of their own free will

This one should come after the 3rd floor window pic

For previous posts see
Bad Posters
Bellahouston Park
Bellahouston Park 2 : After the Pope is Over
Botanic Gardens
Bridgeton Cross
Buchanan St
Burrell Collection
Cessnock / Kinning Park
Churches (Working/ Non-Working), Temples Mosques etc
Citizens Theatre
City Centre
Climate Change Demo
Clydebank 1
Clyde River Festival
December 2010: Dusk, Dark and Dawn
Edwin Morgan
Evolving Odeon
Festivals and Fetes
Forth and Clyde Canal 1
Forth and Clyde Canal 2
George Square
Glasgow Cross / Trongate /Argyle St
Glasgow Green: the 2010 Scottish Junior Run
Glasgow North-West By-election 2009
Glasgow Piping Festival
Glasgow's Sikhs
Gorbals 2
Gorbals 3: Saltmarket to Tradeston
Govan Underground to Ibrox Underground: 40th anniversary of the Ibrox Stadium Disaster
Grow Glasgow
Hampden Park: Dundee United v Ross County Cup Final 15 May 2010
Hidden Gardens: Glasgow Harvest at Tramway
Hillhead / West End
Hunterian Museum
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
Kelvingrove Park
Kelvingrove Park: Sledging
Kelvingrove Park: the Fountain Vandalised
King's Theatre to Glasgow Cathedral: a November Walk
Lobey Dosser day
Charles Rennie Mackintosh
Mela 2008
Mela 2010
Paddy's Market: the Last Day
Queen's Cross and Firhill
Red Road Flats
Red Road Flats 2
Red Road Flats 3
Ruchill Park
Save Otago Lane 16 October 2010
St Enoch Centre
Sighthill Stone Circle
Sighthill Summer Solstice 2010
Sighthill Towers Before the Fall
Sighthill Towers After the Fall
Single Parent: Trials of an Extra part 2
Swingergate Day 2: Tommy and Gail Sheridan on Trial
Swingergate Day 11: 'How's He No' Gettin' Drapped Aff?'
Swingergate Day 28: A Large Pinch of Salt
Swingergate Day 37: Andy Coulson doesn't slip up
Swingergate Day 45: Waiting for the Verdict
Swingergate Day 46: the Last Day
Taggart: Trials of an Extra part 1
Tommy Burns Tribute
Alexander Greek Thomson

Alexander 'Greek' Thomson 2: the Egyptian Halls Part 1: the Interior
Townhead to Duke St St to George S
Welcome to Glasgow: the Dalmarnock Rd
Welcome to Glasgow 2: the Yoker Rd
We're Not being paid Enough For This: Trials of an Extra Part 2
West End Festival 2010


  1. Still enjoying your photo diary Edwin, thanks. Every time I pop in I feel as though I've signed up with an experience tour guide.

  2. Many thanks Parallax - am enjoying doing it! The story of the decline of the Egyptian Halls is a strange one and reflects badly both on the council and on the Scottish government.

    Someone wisely observed a while back that if we can't save the tiger we can't save any wild animal; and it can also be said that if Scotland can't save this building then no part of our heritage is safe.