Titan Crane, Clydebank

Today, I went up the Titan Crane in Clydebank. It's the oldest of 13 Titan cranes left in the world (5 of them are on the Clyde) and was built by Sir William Arrol, who was also responsible for the Forth Rail Bridge and Tower Bridge. It opened in 2007 as a tourist attraction and has proved popular as the Clyde is such a big part of the heritage around here.

Crane legs

It's good fun going up a crane. There's a lift, so it's no bother and provided you don't mind walking about on a bit of mesh at 150ft, the views are fantastic.

Emergency telephone

The views on the ground were also interesting, as the crane is the only remaining part of John Brown's shipyard. It had a role in building the Lusitania, Queen Mary and the QE2. The surrounding area is in different states of redevelopment. Beside the ticket office there a range of new Poundbury-esque developments but towards the crane there is only rubble and odd fragments of the shipyards. It feels very transitional.

The visitor centre at the crane is really nicely done. It tells you what you need to know, with lots of big wow engineering facts, but it's not dull or overdone. And the tickets are really nice. Good job all round. It closes for the winter on 5 October so if you fancy it, get along there.

Mount Baths, Northampton

This great photo, of Mount Baths in Northampton, comes from Played in Britain, a wonderful website documenting "sports-related architectural gems, sporting landscapes and waterscapes, relics and curios of a sporting persuasion". It's beautifully put together with the enthusiasm of a true fan and the weight of an academic volume (it's backed by English Heritage). The galleries are gorgeous, often arresting because these places are so familiar yet few people take the time to look at them properly. If you want to read more there's an excellent booklist, including Liquid Assets: The lidos and open air swimming pools of Britain plus various regional guides.

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