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Pumphouse and Clydesdale Bank Tower

Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection

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Pumphouse and Clydesdale Bank Tower

The Clydesdale Bank Tower at the Glasgow Garden Festival in 1988, looking deceptively close to the Pumphouse in the foreground. The River Clyde flows unseen between the two towers. A helicopter hovers over the landing pad on the north bank of the river.

The Pumphouse was built in 1877 to provide hydraulic power for Queen's Dock. In recent years it has been an Indian and an Italian restaurant, and since 1999 it has served as a visitor centre for The Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour. The centre has an exhibition gallery, restaurant, bar and souvenir shop. Visitors can explore the restored sailing vessel Glenlee.

The Clydesdale Bank Tower was dismantled once the Garden Festival was over, but a photograph taken from the same angle in 2004 would show that it has been replaced by the Glasgow Tower that has been erected alongside the Science Centre.

Glasgow City Heliport is a small operating base for helicopters. The Strathclyde Police Airborne Surveillance Unit is based here, as is one of the Scottish Ambulance Service aircraft. Tourist trips are available.

Reference: Illustrations vol.35B, p.12

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

Clydesdale Bank Tower, exhibition galleries, Glasgow City Heliport, Glasgow Garden Festival, Glasgow Science Centre, Glasgow Tower, Glenlee, helicopters, hydraulic pumping stations, Pumphouse, Queen's Dock, restaurants, River Clyde, sailing ships, Scottish Ambulance Service, Strathclyde Police Airborne Surveillance Unit, Tall Ship at Glasgow Harbour, towers, visitor centres

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