Only a few minutes after the John Frederic Bateman monument, I came to the Glasgow Corporation Water Works at Craigmaddie Gauge Basin, a fine example of civic architecture. It was a similar design to the Mugdock Gauge Basin along the way, only this one bore the name of its engineers and designers and that it was built between 1885 and 1892. The Mugdock reservoir has only been completed in 1859 but the city’s demand for water quickly exceeded supply. The new reservoir was built by John Gale, a monument to whom stands at the other end. I stood there for several moments looking at the architecture and not for the first time celebrating the genius of Victorian engineering. The crest of the city sat on the left flank and I looked through the central arch, wondering where it led.
My next connection could be through water or Glasgow. I knew what I had in mind, though, and it was of a decidedly more ancient vintage.
Thanks for reading. The next Loose Ends adventure follows next week.