1 EAGLETON NOTES: The Question Answered

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Saturday, 17 July 2010

The Question Answered

DSC01125-1I posed the question a few days ago as to what the thing in this photo is.  You will, if you have read the comments, already know from Spesh’s comment that they are, indeed, bus shelters.  Many years ago the Council for the Western Isles (the Outer Hebrides) decided that bus shelters were needed.  The then Council Architect decided that the item on the right was what was needed.  There was shelter from the wind and rain in every direction and they were self-cleaning by the rain.  The Councillors were not convinced but many were built and, as they are virtually indestructible, remain today.  Synflame had a point, of course, sheep (and people with too much drink to dispose of) also found them attractive.  Unfortunately people, on the whole, did not.  Nowadays more conventional shelters are built.

2 comments:

  1. Well, I think they have a certain ... je ne sais quoi... er sturdy, bunker-like, dolmenesque charm.

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  2. And what is a 'conventional' type of bus shelter in the Outer Hebrides, then?

    It doesn't seem such a bad idea, really, to have one that might give shelter from whatever direction the wind is coming...

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