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12c. Glasgow (4c) The Necropolis

 

 

The Glasgow Necropolis is an amazing legacy of the Victorian era, and of what Glasgow was described as the second city of the British Empire.

 The Glasgow Necropolis is one of the most significant and impressive cemeteries in Europe.

The monuments are bold, confident and definitely meant to impress and also reflect the wealth the city generated through its merchant class and the enormous trade of goods conveyed by the shipping business, many of whose ships were built on the River Clyde.

 

 

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You pass the great building of Glasgow Cathedral on your way down to the bridge over the ravine ..

 

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... that takes you across to the Necropolis. The 'Bridge of Sighs' was designed by D&J Hamilton and has been described as 'the separation between time and eternity'. It carries the carriageway across the Molendinar ravine from Cathedral Square climb up to the Necropolis.

 

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In the early 1800's Glasgow grew rapidly as a major industrial city and by 1831 Glasgow's population had trebled from 70,000 to over 200,000 further immigrant additions were coming all the time from Ireland and the Highlands. Death rates were high e.g. from diseases like cholera. The existing cemeteries were stretched to their limits.

 

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It was deemed desirable for social health reasons to stop traditional churchyard burials and so began the history of the 'new' cemetery.

 

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Romanesque to Gothic in style!

 

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In common with many other major Victorian cemeteries it was designed as a botanic and sculpture garden to improve the morals and tastes of Glaswegians and to be a historical record of past generations.

 

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The next right-hand picture is inside the 'tomb' to the right of statue in the above picture.

 

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GLASGOW INDEX: Glasgow (1) Some buildings and Streets * Glasgow (2) The Peoples Palace Social History Museum * Glasgow (3) The Winter Gardens, Templeton's Carpet factory building & Doulton Fountain * Glasgow (4a) Glasgow Cathedral - building and architecture * Glasgow (4b) Glasgow Cathedral - stained glass windows * Glasgow (4c) The Necropolis * Glasgow (5) St George's Square * Glasgow (6) Glasgow School of Art - Rennie Mackintosh * Glasgow (7) The Willow Tea Room - Rennie Mackintosh * Glasgow (8) University of Glasgow and Chapel * Glasgow (9) The Hunterian Art Gallery * Glasgow (10) Queen Street Station & Central Station * Glasgow (11) SYHA Glasgow (Scottish Youth Hostel) * Glasgow (12) Kelvingrove Park * Glasgow (13) Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum * Glasgow (14) River Clyde, Bridges and Science Centre

 

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