Scott's Gothic Rocket

Tom Gomez

Joined January 2008

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An Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building

This monument to Sir Walter Scott is located in Princes Street Gardens, New Town, Edinburgh, Scotland.

Built during 1836-46, the architect was George Meikle Kemp (1795-1844), a joiner who entered the competition to design the monument under a pseudonym to avoid prejudice; the joiner/architect sadly fell into the Union Canal in the fog and drowned before the work was completed.

Bill Bryson has described it as looking like a “gothic rocket ship”.

The tower is 200 feet 6 inches (61.1 m) high, and has a series of viewing decks reached by a series of narrow spiral staircases giving panoramic views of central Edinburgh and its surroundings. The highest viewing deck is reached by a total of 287 steps (those who climb the steps can obtain a certificate commemorating the event). It is built from Binnie shale quarried in nearby Livingston; the oil which continues to leech from its matrix has helped to glue the notoriously filthy atmosphere of Victorian Edinburgh (then nicknamed “Auld Reekie” — old smokey) to the tower, leaving it an unintended sooty-black colour.

Information supplied by Wikipedia.

The Old and New Towns of Edinburgh are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The Scott Monument is an Historic Scotland Category A Listed Building (HB Number 27829).

Camera: Canon EOS 450D (Digital Rebel XSi in the USA)
Lens: Sigma 18-200mm


Three bracketed JPGs converted to HDR in Photomatix Pro Pro.

Featured in : HDRI : 24 Oct 11
Featured in : Architecture – The British Isles : 28 Oct 11
Featured in : The Scots are Coming : 5 Nov 11
Featured in : A Place To Call Home : 20 Jan 14

Sold 1 Small Photographic Print : 30 Mar 14

Related shots can be found at: Edinburgh or you can look at all my HDR shots.

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