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Report - Glasgow University Rooftops - Feb. 2012

Discussion in 'High Stuff' started by BenCooper, Feb 20, 2012.

  1. BenCooper

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    Glasgow University's imposing Gothic main building stands on a hill in the West End, dominating views from all over the city. Designed by George Gilbert Scott and opened by Queen Victoria, at the time it was a move to a fresh leafy suburb from the university's old location in the city centre.

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    The roofs of the building have always been tempting from the ground, but it was only when I first got up there back in May 2010 that I found out how wonderful they really are. Turrets, little roofs, gables and windows are everywhere, linked by little ladders, hidden walkways and rather unnerving parapets.

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    Back in 2010 the tower eluded me - I got close, but no cigar. This time I got onto a balcony part way up:

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    And onto the little flat roof right beside the tower (In 2010, I got as far as the parapet around the tower on the right, but no closer):

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    There was a good view of the upper half of the tower, which still eludes me:

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    Next off to the East side of the quadrangle, where some restoration work is just finishing:

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    Next, a very low parapet around this tower:

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    But leading to a lovely little hidden bench where I could sit and watch drunken students stagger home:

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    Pics from both explorations are in my Flickr set.
     

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