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An iconic Glasgow emblem, wearing the traffic cone. This was probably done by a drunk one night but is now officially left on. The statue does not look same without it. They used to take the cone off, but it would be back on next...More
I can only imagine this traffic cone was placed there by some drunk. It used to be taken off regularly but then promptly replaced. Now it seems to be accepted as something of a talking point. I am a local and hate seeing it every...More
The statue says it all about Glasgow- a cheeky view of the world and of it's history.A great city- beautiful restaurants, wonderful museums and for the Shopper the Duke welcomes you to the best of Europe in the least likely place.
There was an eighteenth century ideal of British unity held that Scotland was "north Britain", emphasizing the integration of the nation, which seems quite foreign now. Two similar statues of Wellington had recently been... More
There was an eighteenth century ideal of British unity held that Scotland was "north Britain", emphasizing the integration of the nation, which seems quite foreign now. Two similar statues of Wellington had recently been erected in London, and Glasgow was following in the lead of Edinburgh, which had installed a number of statues to English figures, including Lord Nelson, George IV and the Duke of York. And Wellington's statue in Glasgow was not erected by the city or the Crown. It was paid for by private donations, which were quickly raised. So, ultimately it was a monument to the success of the Union and Scotland's share of Wellington's glory.