Gallus Glasgow X: Glasgow Cross

Glasgow Cross
Glasgow Cross

I couldn’t think of anything beginning with X so here’s a plausible “cheat”, if you like to call it that (though I bet a lot of other bloggers are having to do the same thing). X, in this case, does not represent a kiss – a Glasgow kiss is something you definitely want to avoid! It’s a headbutt. No, I’m going to talk about Glasgow Cross.

This was the heart of the medieval city, the meeting place of five roads: High Street, Gallowgate, London Road, the Saltmarket and the Trongate. Those roads are all still there, but Glasgow’s centre has moved west over the centuries and the only true remnant of the Cross’s former glory is the Tolbooth Steeple. Today, this sits alone on a traffic island, but when it was built in the 1620s it was part of a more extensive building. The Tolbooth had several uses, including as the seat of the Council until 1814 and, less pleasantly, as a place of public execution (hence Gallowgate. And gallus – remember that third definition I didn’t really want to talk about?) The rest of the Tolbooth was demolished in 1921.

Across the road, the Mercat (Market) Cross with its heraldic unicorn looks just as ancient but was only constructed in 1929/30.

Nearing the end! Tomorrow, in Y, we visit a place that generations of Glasgow weans and their parents have had cause to be grateful to.

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42 thoughts on “Gallus Glasgow X: Glasgow Cross

    • Anabel Marsh April 28, 2015 / 12:17

      There’s another, similar one on a fountain elsewhere in the city – almost did U for Unicorn, but sneaked one in here instead.

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  1. Heyjude April 28, 2015 / 13:20

    Q, X and Z are horrible ones! I think you have coped very well so far and I have enjoyed learning so much about a city I have only visited once, briefly! Thank you 🙂

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  2. Birgit April 28, 2015 / 15:23

    Great way to showcase X since this is a toughy! It’s sad they tore down the rest of the building in 1921. I like that tower and the Unicorn, well, I love unicorns:)

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  3. tdharveyauthor April 28, 2015 / 16:19

    I’m quite enjoying what people come up with for X.

    That steeple is beautiful. Shame it has such a chequered past and shame it’s all that remains.

    TD Harvey
    A to Z participant
    http://www.tdharveyauthor.com

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  4. vannillarock April 28, 2015 / 16:40

    Pleased that I had guessed you might go for this as one of my daughters uses it as her apartment clock! He just glances out of her window …
    As another blogger remarked they wouldn’t be allowed to tear down the rest of the building today.
    You even got some shots with dry streets :p

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    • Anabel Marsh April 28, 2015 / 20:07

      Wow, great click to have! And it doesn’t rain in Glasgow all the time you know. Just most of it….

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      • vannillarock April 28, 2015 / 23:48

        I lived there for the first 18 years of my life and I know there hasn’t been climate that you’d notice😂😂

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  5. clicksclan April 28, 2015 / 19:18

    I’ve always wondered about the history of Glasgow Cross, I didn’t realise it was the old centre. 🙂

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    • Anabel Marsh April 28, 2015 / 20:10

      Yes, everything was centred on High Street – Cathedral, castle, bishop’s palace and university.

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  6. jazzfeathers April 28, 2015 / 20:20

    This is such a fascinating palce. I like that tower 🙂

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      • jazzfeathers April 28, 2015 / 20:29

        That’s true. Unfortunally, in past decades, people weren’t as sensitive to the past as we are today. Most of the time, at least 😉

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  7. Fee April 28, 2015 / 22:11

    Another great post, Anabel. I think Glasgow Cross is a very acceptable cheat 🙂 I can’t believe that tomorrow’s the penultimate day – where did the time go?

    Fee | Wee White Hoose
    Scottish Mythology and Folklore A-Z

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  8. Nadine Feldman (@Nadine_Feldman) April 28, 2015 / 22:56

    Brilliant handling of the letter X! I thought about doing something with a cross, but it didn’t really inspire me. This was really clever.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 28, 2015 / 23:37

      Thanks Nadine! Only two to go – tomorrow’s was easy for me but Z was trickier.

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  9. Sue Archer April 29, 2015 / 02:18

    I think you’ve done just fine with X, Anabel! I’ll remember not to agree to a Glasgow kiss. 🙂

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    • Anabel Marsh April 29, 2015 / 07:57

      Unfortunately it’s not usually offered before administration! But I’m sure you’ll be in no danger.

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  10. Kern Windwraith April 29, 2015 / 04:40

    I love the expression “Glasgow kiss”! But, you’re right, I don’t want one. Hard to believe that unicorn was only constructed in 1939–it looks much older.

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    • Anabel Marsh April 29, 2015 / 07:58

      Yes, you would think the whole structure was older – in fact, many people don’t realise it’s a copy of the original.

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  11. clarabellerant April 29, 2015 / 07:29

    The unicorn is actually a beautiful art deco sculpture. I’m happy they kept the Tolbooth. When I hear how much history a place has, I always wish I could go back in time and see it in action for one day… not a gallows day!

    You can find me here:
    ClarabelleRant

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  12. lostforwords101 April 29, 2015 / 20:13

    I almost ended up using “x” as a prohibitory sign for the word “forbidden” 😉 We’re almost done with the challenge! 😀

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  13. Jemima Pett April 29, 2015 / 21:17

    Good save!

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  14. Lori L MacLaughlin May 13, 2015 / 02:51

    I think the Glasgow Cross works fine for the letter X. I had to be creative with that letter, too. I like the clock tower and the unicorn. I’m wondering what they do with the Mercat Cross. It has a door, so something must go in it.

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    • Anabel Marsh May 13, 2015 / 07:07

      The original would have been a prison. I think this replica is mainly decorative these days.

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