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Glasgow Necropolis : Scottish City Graveyard

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Necropolis Glasgow

Glasgow Necropolis – John Knox Statue: Doric column

Date built: 1825

Architect: Thomas Hamilton

Glasgow Necropolis

Photographs from 1968 visit by Norwegian architecture student Dag Nilsen:

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photographs © Dag Nilsen

The Glasgow Necropolis is a Victorian cemetery in Glasgow, Scotland. It is on a low but very prominent hill to the east of Glasgow Cathedral (St. Mungo’s Cathedral). Fifty thousand individuals have been buried here.

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photos © Dag Nilsen

Typical for the period, only a small percentage are named on monuments and not every grave has a stone. Approximately 3,500 monuments exist here.

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photos © Dag Nilsen

Predating the cemetery, the statue of John Knox sitting on a column at the top of the hill, dates from 1825. The first burials were in 1832 in the extreme north-east on the lowest ground and were exclusively for Jewish burials.

Alexander Thomson designed a number of its tombs, and John Bryce and David Hamilton designed other architecture for the grounds.

Glasgow Necropolis Photos from 10 Feb 2011

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photographs © Adrian Welch

Thomas Hamilton (1784 – 1858) was born in Glasgow. Most of his buildings were located in the Scottish capital. He was based in Edinburgh where he designed many of that city’s prominent buildings.

Thomas Hamilton

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Glasgow Architecture

Major Strathclyde Building Designs – selection:

Glasgow Cathedral
Cathedral Square Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch

Glasgow Museum of Religion
St Mungo Museum Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch
Restoration project adjacent to St Mungo’s Cathedral by one of Scotland’s key restoration architects.

Calton New Burial Ground

Another Ancient Scottish graveyard – in the capital:

Calton Old Graveyard

House for an Art Lover
House for an Art Lover
photo © Adrian Welch

Glasgow School of Art
GSA Building
photo © Adrian Welch

Briggait Centre : Nicoll Russell Studios
Briggait Centre Building
photo : Andrew Lee

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