Central Time
Central Time
By: jbhthescots@mac.com, Categories: Words & Images, 1 comment

 

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“Meet me under the clock” has long been part of the vocabulary for young courting couples, lost relatives or travellers looking for an easy way of locating someone in the rush. And with more than 100,000 commuters using Glasgow’s Central Station every day, most pass through – or indeed wait under the clock – without taking the time (no pun intended) to looking up towards its wonderful architectural features.

 

And that’s a pity in many ways. Scotland’s busiest and biggest station was built in the 1870s, with the concourse and booking hall completed in 1882 – right at the height of the fashionable Victorian era. For many years, the clock was the only noticeable thing to look up towards and see – but once where there was only darkness beyond the clock, there’s now light.

 

The station’s historic “ridge and furrow” design glass roof is the world’s largest, with 48,000 panes making up 2.2 square miles of glass. During World War Two, though, the whole thing was painted jet black to avoid being spotted and bombed by the Luftwaffe. But when the war ended, the black paint proved impossible to remove – and looking up towards the bleak blackness was the only thing I can ever remember of Central Station’s roof.

 

It was only in 1998 that they finally started replacing every single pane – and as they did so, it suddenly shone a bright light on the wonderful glass architecture of the roof with its supporting steel pillars. The original 15-foot, four-faced Victorian clock with elegant wooden framework and a lead-sheafed cupola, was replaced in 1962 but proved unpopular. A replica of the original was installed in 1992 and remains a big rendezvous favourite to this day.

 

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