The Anonymous Widower

Of Egyptian Halls and Steam Lorries

My main purpose in going to Glasgow, was to see an old mate, John, and his son, to reminisce about old times.  Now John had been with me, when I went to the Queen’s Award party at Buckingham Palace in I think, 1981. 

We had coffee in the hotel in Queen Street station, which made my point about stations as destinations for business, pleasure or sin!  I’d also told John that I wouldn’t mind seeing the Sentinel Works, the first building designed by Archibald Leitch, the man responsible for so many sports stadia in the British Isles. 

In some ways visiting the Sentinel Works had become more important to me, after reading about sorry state of the Egyptian Halls in Glasgow, in the latest Private Eye. I’m certain that if these two buildings had been in Edinburgh, then solutions would have been found for both! 

Sentinel manufactured steam lorries amongst other things and to see one still going strong is a sight to behold. 

Sentinel Steam Lorry


I saw this one in 2007 on the A505 near Baldock. 

If the Egyptian Halls are in a sorry state, then the Sentinel Works are only held up by the integrity of Leitch’s design. 

September 30, 2010 - Posted by | Transport/Travel | , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] Leitch has appeared in this blog before, with respect to his first building, the Sentinel Works in Glasgow, and two football stadia White Hart Lane and Fratton Park. 52.245212 […]

    Pingback by A Trip To Leitch’s Gem By the Thames « The Anonymous Widower | February 20, 2011 | Reply

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