Bridgeton Cross Umbrella

Photo:

George Smith & Co.

1874

Category A Listed

This large and impressive octagonal shelter offered protection from the rain for those waiting for horse-drawn buses, trams or trains at the transport hub of Victorian Bridgeton. With its red shingle roof, clock tower and resplendent weather vane it also makes the point that the Cross stands at the heart of a proud community. During the Victorian era, when there were numerous fountains and bandstands in Glasgow, the Bridgeton Cross Umbrella was among the largest and most impressive cast-iron structures in the city. Its survival is testament to the continuing pride of local people in their own very special monument.