NS5965 : Southwest corner of Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow

taken 7 months ago, near to Glasgow, Great Britain

Southwest corner of Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow
Southwest corner of Royal Exchange Square, Glasgow
Beyond the arch is Exchange Place NS5965 : Exchange Place, Glasgow and Buchanan Street. The Zizzi restaurant, right, was formerly the Chief Office of the Royal Bank of Scotland. The elaborate blue-painted cast-iron balustrade surrounds the former Royal Exchange building, now the Gallery of Modern Art. The Caithness Flagstone paving contributes to an air of sobriety.
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
Thursday, 27 June, 2019   (more nearby)
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Thursday, 4 July, 2019
Geographical Context
Lowlands  Public buildings and spaces  City, Town centre 
Paving Material (from Tags)
Caithness Flagstone 
Material (from Tags)
Cast Iron 
Season (from Tags)
Summer 
Meet (from Tags)
Glasgow 2019 
Place (from Tags)
Glasgow 
Postcode District (from Tags)
G1 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5906 6528 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:51.6023N 4:15.2045W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 5908 6527
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West-northwest (about 292 degrees)
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