Tolbooth Steeple and the Mercat Cross

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Re: Tolbooth Steeple and the Mercat Cross

Postby samscafeamericain » Thu Aug 07, 2008 9:41 am

Brilliant stuff Glasgowken. Does anyone know why they did not go ahead with the relocation of the tower?
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Re: Tolbooth Steeple and the Mercat Cross

Postby Josef » Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:06 pm

They were saving up for the Commonwealth Games.
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Re: Tolbooth Steeple and the Mercat Cross

Postby Socceroo » Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:14 pm

Superb stuff GK a real Hidden Glasgow find. I read somewhere in a book (or it may have been on here) that they had considered moving it. The images you have posted are fascinating.
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Re: Tolbooth Steeple and the Mercat Cross

Postby glasgowken » Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:47 pm

Cheers, I got the full report off Ebay (bit too dear tbh :( ) but it's probably also in the Mitchell.
I'm not one for change but it actually looks quite good in that new position :D
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Re: Tolbooth Steeple and the Mercat Cross

Postby HollowHorn » Thu Aug 07, 2008 6:47 pm

I agree. It really opens up the view to the High St.
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Re: Tolbooth Steeple and the Mercat Cross

Postby onyirtodd » Fri Aug 08, 2008 9:14 am

glasgowken wrote:I think these have been shown before, they are from a 1915 report on the future of the Tollbooth steeple.
One idea was to dismantle the steeple and move it across the road where the Mercat building is.



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Re: Tolbooth Steeple and the Mercat Cross

Postby Dalriada » Mon Dec 08, 2008 4:33 pm

Thanks very much for sharing these photos. They are fascinating.
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Postby SomeRandomBint » Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:29 am

Fossil wrote:Hand but buy the looks of it prob a rubber mallet


Carillions are hand operated. Like an organ. Only you have to really smack the hammers hard. It makes a tremedous clatter!

You can get some which are hand AND foot operated, depending on the number of bells involved. There was a programme on BBC4 not long ago which featured one which had foot pedals as well.

The wooden paddles used to play the carillion is called a clavier, incidentally. Really fascinating instrument, I had no idea there was one in the Tolbooth and I'd love to hear it played.
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Re: Tolbooth Steeple and the Mercat Cross

Postby Josef » Tue Jan 03, 2012 8:58 am

It's Carillon, btw. Carillion is a construction company.
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Re: Tolbooth Steeple and the Mercat Cross

Postby SomeRandomBint » Tue Jan 03, 2012 11:28 am

Josef wrote:It's Carillon, btw. Carillion is a construction company.
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Re: Tolbooth Steeple and the Mercat Cross

Postby HollowHorn » Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:06 am

Let that be a lesson to all you non pedants.



He has a point though, it is important to know these things, we owe it to history (when we can) to get it right.
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Re: Tolbooth Steeple and the Mercat Cross

Postby corbingravely » Thu Jan 09, 2014 4:08 am

This place is actually a bit of a rush. This place used to be one of the best places you want to be at. But now the traffic alone has made it one worst place where no one would want to be at.









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