Socceroo wrote:I could quite quickly identify in the above list the buildings that are quite clearly lost, Anyway, each building that has been lost has a story worth investigating, as to why it is gone and what replaced it.This was going to be my first question Cracking post, it's great to view an Artist via a body of work, it gives a greater insight too, into why Glasgow looks the way it does.
'The Normal School' ? Tell us more.Socceroo wrote:It would be good to get a definitive photographic catalogue on David Hamilton's life work as it currently stands. Photographs of his buildings which still stand.
I'm away to search my archives.Socceroo wrote:The other avenue which would be worth going down is researching some of his clients who were in their own right real Glasgow Characters.
Socceroo wrote:Now this was a building ahead of it's time when it first opened, as it was the first such building of its kind in the United Kingdom and one of the first in Europe. Perhaps another little known Glasgow fact.
The Nelson Monument was designed by David Hamilton and erected on Glasgow Green in 1806 to commemorate Admiral Horatio Nelson (1758-1805), who had been killed while leading his fleet to victory at the Battle of Trafalgar the previous year. The 144 feet-high obelisk was struck by lightning in August 1810 and the top 20 feet of masonry crashed to the ground.
1806, and a 43.5 metre high Column is erected (by public subscription) on the Green to commemorate Viscount Horatio Nelson's battles of Aboukir, Copenhagen and of course Trafalgar the year before. This monument predates the Dublin memorial by 2 years and the London column by 3 decades. Four years later, lightning struck the column destroying the top 6 metres. Repairs were swiftly carried out and the monument restored. In 2002 a complete restoration including the installation of floodlighting and repairs of the ravages of the last 200 years were carried out at a cost of £900,000. The Royal Navy held a remembrance service at the monument in 2005 to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the battle of Trafalgar.
'You'll Die Facing the Monument' means to elderly Glaswegians, that you're going to be hanged. When, in the nineteenth century, the south jail stood in 'Jail (now Joycelyn) Square', any malefactor who was to be hanged was, as they say 'turned off' between the two pillars of the entrance to the jail.
Hangings were in public then & the scaffold was built outside the entrance. It faced across to Glasgow Green & Nelson's Monument, so that the last thing the poor wretch saw was the Monument.
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