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George Square is the principal civic square in Glasgow and a focal point for events, official and unofficial (including demonstrations). It is named after King George III, was laid out in 1781 and the headquarters of Glasgow City Council is a grand, Victorian, building, Glasgow City Chambers, at the east end of the square. It features several important statues and monuments, including the City’s war memorial outside the City Chambers, an 80 foot (24 m) high column commemorating Sir Walter Scott in the centre of the square, as well as statues of a young Queen Victoria, Prince Albert, Robert Burns, James Watt, Thomas Graham, General Sir John Moore, Field Marshall Lord Clyde, William Gladstone and Robert Peel.
George Square has also featured in several films and TV productions, including Outlander and World War Z. Various parts of Glasgow have been transformed into US cities for filming purposes.
Vicars’ Close is a cobbled medieval street adjacent to and north of Wells Cathedral. It is believed to be the only complete medieval street still surviving in England – some say in Europe. The houses were ordered to be built in the 14th century by Bishop Ralph of Shrewsbury to provide accommodation for the ‘Vicars Choral’ – cathedral priests whose duties included singing divine services. Chimneys were added later, in the 15th century and (no doubt) other improvements have been made since. Originally, there were 42 houses, one per priest, but some were combined after the Reformation when vicars were allowed to marry. Today, there are 27 residences in Vicars’ Close, as well as a chapel, library, treasury and muniment room. There is also a dining hall connected to the Cathedral by a covered walkway, the Chain Gate Bridge. All of the buildings are Grade I listed. The current occupants still include the Vicars Choral, plus the organists and virgers. Vicars’ Close has, unsurprisingly, been used as a film location.
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