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Just one more… The Lady Well

(Yet) Another post inspired by the proposals to brighten the area up.

But I tripped over another High Street area feature.

I covered this a while ago, but it was elsewhere, and that post had to be deleted, so I have to redo.

The original pics were maybe better, but I’ve mislaid them so had to collect a few more (quickly).

The Lady Well can be found at the end of Ladywell Street, inset into a wall behind Tennant’s Wellpark Brewery.

It has the inscriptions ‘The Lady Well’ and ‘Restored 1836. Rebuilt 1874 by the Merchants House of Glasgow’.

A small plaque, mounted to the left, states ‘The Lady Well. Restored by Tennant Caledonian Breweries Ltd 1983’.

The well is thought to have been a holy well in the pre-Reformation era.

It is one of at least sixteen wells (there were probably many more) which provided water for the city.

The well’s history indicates it was topped by an urn at least in 1870.

I suggest digging up more detailed histories describing the well’s background, as some accounts vary and none seem to be definitive.

Ladywell Street is not obvious to the casual visitor, and there appear to be no ‘tourist’ signs nearby to direct anyone unfamiliar with the area.

There are, however, enough visitors for floral, and other, tributes to be found on the urn, presumably due the ‘holy’ attributions of its past/origin.

The Lady Well Plaque

The Lady Well Plaque


The Lady Well

The Lady Well

The Lady Well Urn

The Lady Well Urn

No floral, or other, tributes on this visit, but I did note that the urn had been vandalised (on the right).


April 3, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Just some Tennent’s murals

Another post inspired by the proposals to brighten the area up.

Adjacent to the Necropolis, it must surely fall within the area mentioned.

I tend not to follow the crowd, but realise that this is not always the best plan…

You have seen the “I’m a bomb disposal officer, if you see me running… FOLLOW ME!” t-shirt?

So, although I’ve passed Tennent’s Wellpark Brewery on Duke Street many times, I’ve never felt motivated to take any pics of the murals adorning the brewery wall.

But it seems to have become almost a ‘Rite of passage’ for anyone taking pics around Glasgow, so I think I should get with the program (before someone decides it’s time for them to be deleted).

I like this group because of the panicked glass making its escape from the shadowy hand.

Tennents Murals

Tennents Murals

I collected this one too.

Original Tennent's Boozers

Original Tennents Boozers


Not sure if our ‘umpteen’ beats the cat’s ‘elebenty’, or vice versa (but I think the cat just wins, just for being cuter).



March 29, 2018 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , | Leave a comment

Well THAT didn’t go as planned

Officially ‘Simpson Flats’ (sorry, I have no idea if they have a local or unofficial name), these flats overlook Tennent’s Wellpark brewery.

I THOUGHT I had caught a nice angle as I spotted the pattern of the corridor access lighting in a way I don’t usually have the opportunity to see (I’m usually walking AWAY from them in the dark,  not TOWARD), and at least in camera review at the time, the exposure and detail both looked good.


When I got home and tried to process what I’d taken, it was all useless.

I tried pushing and pulling shadows and highlights, and bending the light curves to emphasis and suppress various aspects, but there was simply no way to reproduce or recreate in image form the same effect that can be seen here by eye.

While the clear view as seen has the corridor lighting appear as a superb pattern of bright point sources against a contrasting background, and they are very distinct, it seems that at the scale of an image, that is lost, and can’t be recovered.

Knocking back the darker areas just makes the image look silly, instead of dramatic, as the lights lose their context.

I’ve lifted the flats slightly, just to show they are there, but the lights are at ‘peak white’ so can’t really be brought out further.

So, maybe one to go and actually look at, since the pic just doesn’t cut it.

Simpson Flats Night

Simpson Flats Night

For what it’s worth, I doubt this view could even have been seen until recently.

Those white street lights are clearly recent modern LED replacement for the old sodium items.

They spewed their yellow pox in EVERY direction, often hiding everything behind in their glare (in this case, most of those flats), and being almost pure monochromatic yellow, leaving little to see.

By way of contrast, LEDs are directional by default (they only radiate their light over 180 degrees, and their luminaires will usually reduce that angle still further, vastly cutting the once dire direct light pollution of their predecessors.

December 21, 2017 Posted by | photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Cocky guide dog sticker explained

I finally got around to solving a little mystery that has been puzzling me for a long time.

It’s more than a year since I first spotted a few of the stickers seen below, around Duke Street (and near Tennant’s Wellpark Brewery – but I never knew that would be significant), and wondered what they meant. Sadly, there are actually some sad people who can afford to have idiot nonsense stickers printed, and just throw them up for no apparent reason – I thought this was maybe an example of that affliction, so never really bothered about them.

But a few have survived the weathering and tidy-ups, and I decided to snap one, and see if there was anything online – there was…

Cockier Guide Dogs Sticker

Cockier Guide Dogs Sticker

Seems that Tennent’s Wellpark was:

a new Scottish series of online comedy sketches, has been released on YouTube and social media.

Developed by a collective of up-and-coming talent that were brought together by Tennent’s Lager, Wellpark was borne out of the hope to create something not only funny, but also bold and original.

Well, I don’t have the time to sit through the rest – but I hope they are better this truly dire offering…

There’s probably a good joke in there – but whoever thought this one up certainly didn’t find it.

Still, staying positive, at least I solved the mystery of the sticker.

May 17, 2017 Posted by | Civilian, photography | , , , | Leave a comment


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