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A pyramid, a drill, and a medical centre

Don’t know if I’m supposed to apologise for posting (yet) another pic of these items (there have been one or two recently), but I didn’t realise I had nice catch of all three in the same pic, and it seems a shame to waste it.

Forgetting the medical centre, which is incidental, in the foreground is an object first thought to be a base for a metal post, but which, on balance of the evidence, seems to be an abandoned section of drill pipe. No great surprise to find it here, since we know from old maps that this was the site of a chemical works dating from c.1900 or earlier. Presumably stuck since it was not recovered.

The other interesting object is the stone pyramid, now thought to have been built from stone blocks cleared when the banking that once supported a nearby rail track was levelled or reduced. It was suggested they came from a demolished house, but the scale of the stone blocks is just too large for this domestic application, and the banking support makes more sense.

Carntyne medical centre pyramid and drill pipe

Carntyne medical centre pyramid and drill pipe


March 6, 2017 - Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , ,


  1. Could be that it is stuck, but more likely left for a purpose, perhaps as a gas monitor, or ground water level depth gauge but maybe just forgotten about when the site was cleared.


    Comment by Ray Melville | March 6, 2017

  2. My personal favourite is stuck or forgotten (or just abandoned as the pubs were about to close).

    It was bunged up with ancient muck when found, and I had to clear it before I could probe and find it to be ‘bottomless’. Inference – nobody ever visited it after it was left behind.

    I live next to a landfill which had dozens of ‘gas monitors’ sunk years ago, and they are purpose made with taps/valves and gaskets to keep them sealed and let samples be drawn safely.


    Comment by Apollo | March 7, 2017

  3. Hi, there’s another one on the other side. I’ve marked it here –

    I walk my dog there regularly and just found this blog.


    Comment by DogWalker | June 25, 2018

  4. It’s going to be a while before I can get out and visit – so pardon the obvious question:
    By ‘another one’ do you mean another of those drills?
    I haven’t been on the spot marked – too busy looking at the old railway and bridge nearby.


    Comment by Apollo | June 25, 2018

  5. Yep, another drill. Sorry for being unclear.


    Comment by DogWalker | June 25, 2018

  6. That’s ok, just think of me as thick 🙂


    Comment by Apollo | June 25, 2018

  7. It was hardly going to be another medical centre or pyramid!


    Comment by Apollo | June 25, 2018

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