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Starbucks City Mug Glasgow - George Square

Glasgow is the largest city in Scotland and third most populous in the United Kingdom. The city is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands. Glasgow grew from a small rural settlement on the River Clyde to become one of the largest seaports in Britain. Expanding from the medieval bishopric of Glasgow and the later establishment of the University of Glasgow in the 15th century, it became a major centre of the Scottish Enlightenment in the 18th century. From the 18th century the city also grew as one of Britain's main hubs of transatlantic trade with British North America and the British West Indies. With the Industrial Revolution, the city and surrounding region shifted to become one of the world's pre-eminent centres of heavy engineering, most notably in shipbuilding and marine engineering industry, which produced many innovative and famous vessels. Glasgow was known as the "Second City of the British Empire" for much of the Victorian era and Edwardian period. Today it is one of Europe's top ten financial centres and is home to many of Scotland's leading businesses. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries Glasgow grew in population,and was the fourth-largest city in Europe, after London, Paris and Berlin. Much of this population growth was due to vast Irish Catholic immigration from Ireland in the second half of the nineteenth century and early twentieth century. In the 1960s, comprehensive urban renewal projects resulting in large-scale relocation of people to new towns and peripheral suburbs, followed by successive boundary changes, have reduced the current population of the City of Glasgow.

George Square - a part of the innovative Georgian central grid plan, laid out in 1781. This grid iron masterplan was largely the work of the notable contemporary architects James Barry, James Craig and James Gillespie Graham. For the first few years however it was little more than a muddy hollow, filled with dirty water and used for slaughtering horses. Between 1787 and the 1820s, the square was eventually opened up and lined with Georgian townhouses at its east and west ends, as well as hotels. 1842 saw the opening of Queen Street Station as the Glasgow terminus of the Edinburgh and Glasgow Railway. By 1850 the surrounding area had become a centre for mercantile activity, with the Merchants House moving to the square in 1877, and the square itself, which had been developed into a private garden for the surrounding townhouses, became an established public space, after frequent disturbances and pulling down of railings by a disgruntled mob. The square was named after George III, a statue of whom was originally intended to occupy the centre of the square, but the turmoil and anxiety caused to the city's Tobacco Lords by the War of American Independence in 1775 and eventual British defeat in 1783, coupled with his ever more frequent bouts of madness had created mixed feelings toward the Hanoverian and so it was decided instead to commemorate Sir Walter Scott, which, incidentally, was the first ever memorial dedicated to him. Today the east side of the square is dominated by the ornate Glasgow City Chambers, headquarters of Glasgow City Council, which opened in 1888. On the South side are a number of buildings, including the former General Post Office, a Chicago-style office building, dating from 1924 and there is also the city's main Tourist Information Centre. The North side consists of Queen Street Station, the North British Railway Hotel which date from the 1840s, and George House, which replaced an older Georgian building, built in 1979 to provide extra office space for Glasgow City Council, and now the offices of Ernst & Young. The western side is a location of the former Bank of Scotland building, which is now offices and a Wetherspoons restaurant and bar. The eastern side of the square itself is flanked by two lawns and is also the site of the city's Cenotaph, which was designed by JJ Burnet and originally built to commemorate Glaswegians killed in the First World War when it was erected in 1922 by the Earl Haig Fund.

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edited by mobydick74

  United Kingdom, Glasgow, 08 Icon Edition

Karma: 16 Added by mobydick74 16 Comments


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Bor   25 Apr 2012

Is this mug just released?If so,wouldn't that mean the relief mugs will not be the next big thing?

mobydick74   25 Apr 2012

Mug will be released on May 18th in line with Manchester Icon and London Relief. I think adding it now is nothing wrong and in my opinion does not deserve deducting karma points, what actually happened...Please correct me if I am wrong.

Bor   26 Apr 2012

Sounds like a usefull contribution to me,don't see why karma would be negative..

mobydick74   26 Apr 2012

Me neither Bor, thought the day I added it was "2"...

BG   27 Apr 2012

I live in the UK - as soon as these are available, I will be trading!

Nantucket   16 May 2012

My local Starbucks tells me they won't be getting this one in their store. It will only be available in Glasgow.

Nantucket   19 May 2012

Tried a Starbucks store in Glasgow but the mugs had not arrived there yet.

dvast8ya   27 May 2012

I'll trade my Lake Tahoe for Glasgow or Manchester, when they become available. Cheers!

Shoesy   03 Jul 2012

Im interested in buying if for sale...?

miel   04 Jul 2012

Hi there, I have this icon for trade...and so wih the Manchester..please let me know if you are interested..Thanks

Shoesy   04 Jul 2012

Unfortunately i dont any to trade. Im trying to buy them as a gift for my husband as a 1 yr wedding anniversary gift with all the cities we went to on our honeymoon - but im not having much luck :(

didsy   05 Jul 2012

Shoesy. try eBay [ Link ]

BG   30 Jul 2012

I have two of these mugs for trade - if anyone is interested let me know

Docwharton   07 Sep 2012

The Service Station at Newport Pagnell had tonnes of these (and the 2 x Ireland Belfast) going back about 3 weeks ago. I would have grabbed a couple of each to trade, but was being hassled by friends and ran out of money. Anyone Londonish / MK / Bedfordshire might be able to pick up some of these pretty easily.

classic_queen   04 Nov 2012

Heathrow Airport had some of these in their departure shop after security.

elle   29 Apr 2014

I have extra mugs 2008 global icon edition: germany, stuttgard, madrid, thailand, phuket, bangkok, pattaya, chiang mai, china, macao and hong kong. if you want i can find the frankfurt-am-main or the india mug
i accept all 2008 global icon edition
if someone is interested to trade one or more mug please email me at:
thanks to all muggers/traders