Glasgow Gallivanting: February 2021

Frozen Forth and Clyde Canal, February 2021

So – another month of Covid restrictions meant we did not stray far from our front door, with the added frisson of a couple of weeks of snow and ice. Beautiful to look at, less good for walking in. Here are another few shots of the frozen canal – locals might recognise embedded in the ice a discarded bottle from the tipple of choice of a certain type of Glaswegian.

In my last post, I wrote that a chance viewing of a tweet from Glasgow City Archives took me to Anniesland and Temple to look for a particular clock. Two things sprang from that. First, despite having lived in the area for decades, while looking for the clock I discovered green space that I didn’t know about tucked away behind two busy roads. Temple Walkway and Anniesland Meadow both offer good views of Anniesland Court, a 22-storey residential tower block, completed in 1968, which holds the distinction of being the tallest listed building in Scotland, and the only tower block in Glasgow to have been granted a category A listing. (A listed building may not be demolished, extended, or altered without special permission from the local planning authority). Not everyone appreciates its architecture, but I think it has a certain presence and I’d love to see the view over Glasgow from the top.

The name Anniesland is something of a puzzle. The next-door neighbourhood is Knightswood, thought to be named after the Knights Templar who might have had a hospice in the area (as is Temple). Local writer Jack House suggested the name might therefore derive from annis, Gaelic for destitute. Alternatively, the Knights might have owned plots of land which they rented out annually. Or maybe the land at some point belonged to someone called Annie! I definitely prefer the last theory.

The other thing to spring from my clock post was that several people told me about their own favourite clocks, inspiring me to look for images online, and a couple even wrote their own clock posts. Here are the clocks in the order that the comments came in, with links to the bloggers who recommended them, or to specific clock posts. Thank you to everyone for the ideas.

Ali was prompted to write her own post full of clocks: Even a broken clock is right twice a day (which led us to discuss whether that phrase was even true anymore in an age of 24-hour digital timepieces).

Jude referred me to one of her previous posts which featured the iconic projected clock in Guildford, which in turn reminded me of the projected clock in Winchester which I featured a few years ago.

Birgit loves the astronomical clock in Prague, and by chance that popped up on Twitter a couple of days later.

Eunice mentioned the Irish Times clock in Dublin, another projection.

Su and Suzanne directed me to the splendid University of Auckland clock. (All images from here on are by Wikimedia Commons).

Top of University of Auckland Clock Tower

Hilary’s choice was the Corpus Clock in Cambridge, also known as the Grasshopper Clock.TaylorClock

Jessica relayed happy childhood memories of the giant cuckoo clock in Sugarcreek, Ohio.Sugarcreek Cuckoo Clock

Carol selected another astrological clock, this time in Rouen, France.Rouen Rue du Gros-Horloge 04

Finally, Kev included a section on clock towers in his latest post, Saturday Saunter: Clock towers, maps and virtual experiences. I hope I haven’t missed anybody! And to round off, in another coincidence, the Word a Day blog happened to feature the term Shrewsbury clock last week. I now feel I am an expert on clocks, and am grateful to have got two posts out of that at a time when new experiences are thin on the ground. Will March be any different? Unlikely, but at least Spring is in the air. Have a good month!


  1. Love all the clock photos and recommendations, especially like the Astronomical clock in Prague and the one in Ohio looks amazing. Unfortunately I suspect this lockdown will be continuing for a little while longer, hopefully May might see some change in being able to travel.


  2. This is wonderful that so many of your readers were inspired by your clock post that they came up with their own. It’s a great theme. I remember that clock in Prague as well. And the “koekoeksklok” of my grandfather when I grew up. Anniesland has got to mean “Annie’s land!” 🙂

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  3. The clocks are a wonderful theme (aren’t we all watching them too much, wondering when it might be safe to go out again?). When you first mentioned a projected clock, I thought of a light projector! Silly me.

    Hope spring and freedom is around the corner for you.


  4. Interesting stuff. I seem to remember reading something about clocks also being one of the first essential ways to control populations in general, along with religion, as before that, in towns, folk were prone to mayhem at night and prominent clocks in towns and cities were a way of getting them sober enough to work in the morning. Might explain Stonehenge as well, the first computer/timekeeper, though not exactly hand held.


  5. Your snowy days look lovely — especially from the humid Antipodes.

    I love how particular posts really (I won’t copy Sue and say chime) strike people. When I can finally get out again I’ve got a list of old clocks to visit (and probably find they’ve disappeared in some new development) ☹️


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