So we made our way to Glasgow the day before X-mas so we made our way to Mono for a bite to eat at this legendary place. For those who don’t know about Mono, here is a blurb from their website. –
We are renowned for our relaxing atmosphere. a glass cupola creates an airy light space which combined with comfy sofas, basket chairs, wooden tables, potted plants, encourages our customers to spend time having lunch/dinner, drinks, reading or simply listening to the great music provided by inbuilt record shop Monorail.
The food was amazing – out of all the places in Scotland that Mylie and I traveled to, Mono was the one place we ate the most food. Here is their full menu if you are curious. – and the photos to tease. 🙂
The next morning we woke up to a crisp Christmas morning, the streets were empty so we took off down the streets and made our way to church.
Ok, so this may not be the kind of church you would think of going to on Christmas day but this Cathedral is very special in its own way – it offers the gate way to Necropolis – yes, the City of the Dead!
There are fifty thousand individuals have been buried in approximately 3500 tombs located here.
The early 1800’s saw Glasgow grow as a major industrialised city, with it came a new class of merchants and entrepreneurs who had made vast fortunes in tobacco, spices, coffee and cotton. By 1831 Glasgow’s population had trebled from 70,000 to more than 200,000. The city was flooded by immigrants, most notably Irish and Highlanders, many of whom arrived with little or nothing. The existing urban structure was inadequate and could not cope with such an influx. The working classes suffered considerable conditions of deprivation, exacerbated by inadequate housing, dire poverty, poor sanitation and contaminated water supplies.
This sudden dramatic increase in Glasgow’s population directly affected cemeteries since the aforementioned poverty and squalor resulted in fierce epidemics of cholera and typhus. In the 1830’s over 5,000 people were dying per year and were being buried in unhygienic urban churchyards. Previously burials in the 1800’s outside of a churchyard had been reserved for the unbaptised and lunatics. Buchan, in his guide to the Cathedral and Necropolis in 1843, puts this change of heart rather more forcefully, “A practice (burial within a churchyard) more revolting to human nature and more destructive to the health of the living could not possibly exist.” Growing concerns with hygiene and sanitation led to the opinion that this policy of burial in urban churchyards was now to be avoided. -Blurb from Glasgow Necropolis History.
So that is how we spent our x-mas in Glasgow – we had a blast. Now we are off to Aberdeen then we make our way to Edinburgh for Hogmanay – but I will tell you about that in the next post.