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Charing Cross (1)

Posted by Jackie on July 23, 2008

For the next few days I’m going to show a series of photos from the Charing Cross area – just north of the Mitchell Library from yesterday. This (now unused) water fountain and clock was built in 1896 from public subscriptions. Beyond it is Sauchiehall Street, one of Glasgow’s main shopping streets – the white building you can see is the Beresford Building which I featured here a few months ago, and which I think Gerald lived in when it was a student hall of residence and he was a student (a couple of years back, I think 😉 ).

9 Responses to “Charing Cross (1)”

  1. This is a beautiful photo and nicely framed and the fountain clock awesome!

  2. Great to see Charing Cross again.
    My photo from 1966 is on the Geograph site
    http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/878140

    Is there still a public loo next door to it? I remember it well as a convenient stop in the early hours of the morning on the way back from the folk club that closed at 2am. The hotel behind had a doorman on duty and I’d often get chatting to him.

    Looking on Virtual Earth I somehow got the idea that the site was now under the motorway.

  3. Great to compare the two pictures from now and 1966

  4. babooshka said

    Always good to the old and new images of an area. It is beautifulky framed under that omnious looking sky.

  5. The water fountain and clock were re-sited and the hotel and loo are long gone.

  6. Jackie said

    There is though *a* public loo next to it – you can see the iron railings just to the left of the clock/water fountain. Though not being a frequenter of such places unless it’s a dire emergency, I’ve no idea if they’re open!

  7. Katya said

    Well, perhaps if non-functioning, this surely is a beautiful tribute to some of the “fancy” architecture of the past. I especially love the dome top. Too bad it cannot be decked out and revitalized.

  8. marley said

    Its a shame its not flowing anymore, its a lovely structure.

  9. Lindsay said

    Glad you are approaching the west end….and all that it has to offer..As a former resident of Glasgow (from birth till 22)and now resident in Provence, I am really enjoying seeing all my old stampin grounds. Thanks for taking the trouble to do this…!

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