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

Mercat Cross


     Traditional Scots market cross, consisting of a single storey octagonal base, balustraded proclamation platform and slender column capped with a seated unicorn holding a shield. The interior features an oak staircase with a cat, a rabbit, an owl and a terrier dog on its posts
     On 13 Nov 1911, Dr. W.G. Black offered Glasgow Corporation 'a reconstruction of the ancient Town or Mercat Cross'. The offer was accepted but construction was delayed by World War I until 1929-30. The wooden animals were carved by Margaret Findlay

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Dawson &Young, None Carver
Findlay, Margaret Cross Primrose Sculptor
Hughes, Edith Burnet Architect
Thaw & Campbell, None Builder

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Mercat Cross Blond sandstone None
Animals Oak Interior

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
CA/014 GW
General condition Don't know
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
  • None
Road Saltmarket
Precise location 1 Saltmarket, east side of Glasgow Cross
A-Z ref 36 L17
OS ref None

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

Date of design 1911-30
Year of unveiling 1930
Unveiling details Completed on 13 March 1930
Commissioned by Dr. W.G. Black
Duty of care Glasgow City Council
Listing status II*
At risk? Not at risk

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