NS5965 : Paving, St Vincent Place, Glasgow

taken 7 months ago, near to Glasgow, Great Britain

Paving, St Vincent Place, Glasgow
Paving, St Vincent Place, Glasgow
This paving is just east of Buchanan Street between the back of the toilets and the kerb. The flags on the left appear at first sight to be of a streaked granite. More likely, it is a multicoloured variety of Caithness Flagstone. On the right is the dark grey variety seen underfoot everywhere. In one of the flags a fossil has been observed and revealed.
Caithness Flagstone
As seen in the centre of Glasgow the Caithness Flagstone is an attractive dark grey paving stone smooth, slightly uneven, reportedly hard-wearing and non-slip. The surface can be seen close up in Link It is sometimes referred to as Caithness Slate. In its area of origin, the far northeast of Scotland, a whole range of colours and thicknesses were traditionally used for building, roofing and fencing as well as paving. Occurring in thin, easily-separated layers a major industry developed in the nineteenth century to exploit and export it. Production declined from the early twentieth century with the advent of concrete paving and quarries closed. Since 1949 however, with the opening of the Spittal quarry, the industry has revived though on a smaller scale. Internet searches readily find the producers and suppliers of stone both for the public realm and domestic use. It is a distinctive element in the palette of materials and street furniture being used by Glasgow City Council in its long-term programme of improvements to major streets and public spaces: LinkExternal link

Claimed to be geologically unique, the Caithness Flagstone group of rocks, which extend into Orkney and Shetland, are siltstones and mudstones formed around 370 million years ago in the Devonian era from sediments deposited in the bed of a vast lake, Lake Orcadie. The flagstones belong to the Old Red Sandstone supergroup. The full thickness of the Caithness strata has been estimated as 4,500 metres.
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Date Taken
Tuesday, 25 June, 2019   (more nearby)
Sunday, 30 June, 2019
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Geological interest  Paths  City, Town centre 
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Paving Material (from Tags)
Caithness Flagstone 
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Glasgow 2019 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5905 6538 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.6560N 4:15.2172W
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OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5906 6538
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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