National Recording Project


Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Sculpture Scheme


     At attic level, west fa├žade: a heraldic group comprising the Royal Arms supported by a lion and a unicorn, flanked by two draped, seated female figures symbolising 'Peace' and 'Plenty' (or 'Commerce'). These are flanked by ornamental urns. Below this, in the frieze, is a tiny bust of Queen Victoria. Above the ground floor windows and the main entrance are five male keystone heads representing the rivers Clyde, Thames, Severn, Tweed, and Humber. The segmental tympanum above the main entrance is filled with the Glasgow arms. Above the north entrance is a segmental shell tympanum with a lion's head
     The building was erected as the National Bank of Scotland at 57 Queen Street in 1849. It was relocated to the north west corner of Queen's Park in 1901 by Glasgow Corporation, as the Langside Public Halls, and opened on 24 December 1903. Although the sculptor is acknowledged to be John Thomas it is uncertain as to whether he was both modeller and carver or whether his models were carved by someone else, as is suggested by 'The Illustrated London News': "the national arms, the colossal figures, the decorative vases, and the keystones to the windows, are in the best style of Mr. John Thomas; and the decorative parts of the architecture, generally, were executed from his models". (1)

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Thomas, John Sculptor
MacDonald, Alexander Beith Architect
Glasgow Corporation City Engineers Department., None Architect
Gibson, John Architect
Buchanan, John Builder

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Coat of Arms Portland stone None
Head Binnie stone None
Keystone heads Binnie stone None
Allegorical figures Portland stone None
Coat of arms Binnie stone None

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
QP/002 GW
General condition Fair
Surface condition
  • Corrosion, Deterioration
  • Previous treatments
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Langside Avenue
Precise location 1 Langside Avenue, over ground floor windows and at attic level, Langside Halls
A-Z ref 51 N15
OS ref None

Sorry, we have no precise geographical information for this item.

Date of design 1847
Year of unveiling None
Unveiling details None
Commissioned by National Bank of Scotland
Duty of care Glasgow City Council
Listing status I
At risk? Not at risk

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