I absolutely love Doors Open Days. This year a friend and I decided to go on the Bridgeton Heritage Trail in Glasgow. It was absolutely fantastic - not just for the wonderful architecture, but also for the marvellous insight into life in Bridgeton in the past. Our guide was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic which made the tour even more enjoyable. Bridgeton is to the east of Glasgow Green.
Here are some highlights. This is the fountain erected in memory of Bailie (Scottish civic office) James Martin in 1894. Looks like lace, doesn't it - amazing workmanship!
This building is absolutely amazing and I'm glad it was such a beautiful day for taking photographs. It was built as a private residence for a mill owner in 1846. In 1859 it was converted to a school with money from Glasgow merchant James Buchanan. Named the Buchanan Institute for Education and Industrial Training, it took in destitute boys and gave them the chance of a better future.
The pediment was added in 1873. Wonder how many boys benefited from this establishment.
Right next to this is the former Logan & Johnston School of Domestic Economy (1890). Love this sculpture of a beehive - symbol of industry.
Great sculpture on Bridgeton Public Library - still in use today. In fact, on our tour was a woman who had worked there years ago then left for America. She was visiting for the first time in ages. Think it was quite an emotional tour for her.
Perhaps one of the most famous landmarks of the area is the Bridgeton Cross Shelter, or the Bridgeton Umbrella as it is more commonly called. It really is quite striking.
The area seems to be undergoing a bit of a facelift. Its very encouraging when councils recognise the importance of their heritage and ensure that it is saved to be passed on to future generations.
That, I think, is one of the most important aspects of Doors Open Day - local people exploring and revisiting what is on their doorstep and learning to appreciate it through the efforts of local heritage groups and volunteers.
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