Up on the Roof
These are views that not many people get to see. When we re-open I hope that we will have a camera up here so that visitors can get some idea of the panorama from below.
It will be an improvement to be able to see out of the windows too. Over the years practically every window available to visitors has been blocked up, creating an unnecessarily dark, even dingy, interior, while ensuring that orientation within the building is oddly difficult, given such an essentially symmetrical lay-out. This will change . . . !
The great chimney in the bottom right shot will be used for extracting kitchen fumes. Its design is based on the detached round tower or “cloichteach” associated with medieval Celtic monasteries. Sir Robert Rowand Anderson, the architect, tried several times to built such a church tower on the ground elsewhere but was foiled on every occasion. I expect he saw this as a small triumph.