One of the most popular photos of the University of Glasgow is the above view of the University Tower from Partick Bridge, especially on a nice sunny day. I must admit that I too have way too many photos of this postcard view, although I am still missing a very autumny one and a wintery one. The reason I’m posting this photo is because I’ve been digging through my archives of photos and I’ve found a bunch of different interesting views of the University Tower, which I’ll post some of in the coming days.
In case you’ve ever wondered, the ivy-clad bridge next to Partick Bridge is the original Old Partick Bridge. Built around 1800, it is now known as the Snow Bridge, and is one of the oldest surviving river crossing at the southern end of the River Kelvin. Yes, there’s actually a cream sandstone arched bridge underneath all that overgrowth. The bridge was deemed unsuitable for the new tram network which was put in place in the 1870s and Partick Bridge was built to replace it in 1878. Snow Bridge remains today as a footbridge. Apparently the name “Snow Bridge” comes from the fact that the central portions of the railings could be opened to allow cleared snow to be dumped in the river.
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