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PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2002 12:13 am
by lummer
Can anyone tell me what the rotundas were built and used for.



PostPosted: Thu Jun 06, 2002 10:20 pm
OK lummer welcome to the site. Good question.....what are/were the Rotundas used for?. In a brief and concise history, It was built mid to late 19th century to allow the free flow of vehicular & pedestrian traffic to cross the clyde by means of a tunnel system. It was served by a hydraulic platform that lowered horse & cart and more latterly motor vehicles down a shaft where they proceeded along a somewhat damp tunnel to the other side where the process was reversed. The public used a seperate tunnel from the vehicles. It was in use untill the late 1970's (but don't quote me). If you check the forum on a regular basis you'll probably get updated & accurate info from someone more enlightend on the subject than myself. I read recently, that the northern Rotunda was filled in and capped with concrete during it's renovation but rumour has it that the Southern end was only floored & left accessible for inspection purposes as there is still water mains etc within the old tunnel system. I will be making further official inquiries into the Rotunda in the not too distant future so keep checking back. So does anyone have any personal recollections of going down when it was still open or even more impressive, when it had been officialy shut. PS a workmate (Dave) tells me he & some friends walked it from end to end after is shut & crapped himself and got wet into the bargain ( but as he must be nearing his late 30's his memory might be fading, so I'll take it with a pinch of salt :D

PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 9:05 pm
by Pgcc93
The South Rotunda.





PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 9:09 pm
by Sharon
OOoooooo...nice photos G...i could use :wink:

PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 9:12 pm
by Pgcc93
Sharon wrote:OOoooooo...nice photos G...i could use :wink:

Be my guest :D

PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 9:14 pm
by duncan
nice work Gman. like the rare 'tiny tongs' graffiti!

PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 9:16 pm
by kn0wledge
Pgcc93 and PGCC... the same person?!

PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 9:23 pm
by Pgcc93
kn0wledge wrote:Pgcc93 and PGCC... the same person?!

Indeed an earlier version of me in the olden days 8)

PostPosted: Thu Aug 05, 2004 9:24 pm
by Fossil
nice photos G man. Were they the one's taken through the small hole?


PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 8:18 pm
by reginekierkegaard
Can you get down to any of the three tunnels or are they all flooded with water?

PostPosted: Thu Aug 12, 2004 8:21 pm
by Sharon

PostPosted: Fri Aug 20, 2004 7:34 pm
by james73
Crazycullen wrote:Yes there is a Crackin picture On The Site That I Posted A Few Years Ago in The Rotundas Page shows the old pipe line running down the left hand side as far as i am lead to belive the tunnels are still in working order becuase of water pipes needing matience and stuff not sure if that is true .............

Mibees aye :roll: mibees naw :roll: ....

James H

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 9:19 pm
by Pgcc93
The Clyde Walkway had just recently opened up the waterfront to pedestrians but as this pic illustrates it was still somewhat industrial at it's western extremities in 1979

North Rotunda



PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:16 pm
by duncan
G, photo 2 has a strange lamppost with a sort of viewing platform attachment. Any idea what that's about? I've seen a similar one of these near King's Inch in Renfrewshire

PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 10:26 pm
by Pgcc93
To be honest Duncan I don't know what they were used for either.

I'm guessing that they were used for lighting the quayside/signaling the exstensive dockside railways/berthing of ships?

Somebody on here will have the answer I'm sure 8)