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Notes on the Geography of The United Kingdom: Glasgow Core: Photo 40

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What's in the box? The business of Glasgow was always mostly business, so let's be devious and look first at civic monuments, beginning with George Square, about 400 meters (or four blocks) northeast of the central station.

George Square was surveyed in 1782 and was residential for a while. Its conversion to big buildings began with the arrival in 1859 of the Bank of Scotland, behind the camera. The post office (here on the right) came next, followed by the massive City Chambers, straight ahead. Perhaps George House, on the left and opened in 1981 to house the city council, is no worse than the older buildings. Perhaps.

The statue of Peel was by John Mossman, who we met before on the royal arms above the Glasgow Tobacco Warehouse. Why Peel? My guess: his support for free trade.

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