Pollokshields Heritage Heritage Trail One 

Places on Map

  1. Maxwell Park Station
  2. The Stationmaster's House
  3. Whitehall
  4. Haggs Castle
  5. Waverley
  6. Inchgarvie/Woodmailing
  7. Patrick House/Bellsfield
  8. Oaklands
  9. Matheran
  10. Seven Oaks
  11. Guiltreehill
  12. Redhills
  13. Kelmscott
  14. Beneffrey
  15. Dunholme
  16. Corrieston
  17. Cairn O'Mount
  18. Ardtornish
  19. Balmory
  20. Sherbrooke House
  21. Rhuadsgeir
  22. Sherbrooke St. Gilbert's Church
  23. Westwood
  24. Surbiton
  25. Somersby
  26. Clifton Hall/Elmtree
  27. Ardenvohr
  28. Dunmorlie
  29. Allerly
  30. Castlehill
  31. Ellisland
  32. Sandhurst
  33. The Moss
  34. Oak Knowe
  35. Dykeneuk
  36. Hazieliebrae
  37. Holmwood/Craigholme School
  38. No. 9 'Willaird' & No. 11 Hamilton Avenue
  39. Maxwell Park
  40. Pollokshields Burgh Hall


Trail 1 Front Page

VillasIn his 1856 book "Rambles round Glasgow" Glasgow journalist Hugh McDonald notes how:
"the picturesque little village of Pollokshields has recently sprung into existence, with a degree of rapidity which fairly rivals the go-a-head Yankee system of town development. This miniature community is composed of elegant cottages and villas, each edifice having its own belt of garden - ground walled in, and tastefully planted in front with flowers and shrubs, and in the rear with kitchen vegetables. The greatest variety of architectural taste, moreover, seems to prevail in this rising suburban settlement. Some two score or so of tenements are already erected or are in the process of erection, and scarcely two of them are similar in design or construction. Each individual proprietor seems to have his ideal in "stone and lime," and every man's house is as unlike his neighbour's as possible. Should the same determined diversity of style continue to prevail, "Loudoun's Encyclopedia of Cottage Architecture" must soon become a dead letter so far as Glasgow is concerned as a walk through Pollokshields will be as instructive to the student as a perusal of that ponderous though valuable volume, with its endless disquisitions on projecting gables, rustic arcades, and mullioned windows. It must be admitted however, that so far as it has gone, this variety has, on the whole, an exceedingly pleasing and picturesque effect, and that we know few places in the vicinity of our City where we would more readily wish for a snug cottage home, if "the lamp of Aladdin" were for a brief period ours':

What McDonald is describing is the early years in the six decade long development of West Pollokshields. From the cutting of the first sod in 1851 to just prior to the outbreak of World War 1, West Pollokshields evolved from farmland into the largest and most complete example of a Victorian Garden suburb in Scotland, if not the UK. Its development was rapid. By 1876 the population of 1,518 was large enough for West Pollokshields to become an independent burgh. By the 1890s, just prior to annexation by the City of Glasgow, there were over 400 villas. Development then spread south around Maxwell Park and with the completion of the largest and most opulent villas on its western edge in 1910 the suburb was largely complete. The suburb contains villas by many of the most prominent Victorian and Edwardian architects in Glasgow including - Alexander Greek Thomson, HE Clifford, James Miller, WJ Anderson, JC McKellar, William Hunter McNab and WF McGibbon. The architectural styles on display vividly demonstrate the eclecticism and evolution of Victorian and Edwardian middle class taste. Within these houses are superb interiors by some of Glasgow finest craftsmen supplying a backdrop of sumptuous stained glass, ornamental plasterwork, cast iron and marble, wally tiles and elegant wood carvings to frame the equally interesting lives of the people who commissioned and lived in them.

Pollokshields Heritage would like to thank the following for their contribution in the completion and design of the Pollokshields Heritage Trail Leaflets: June Bell, Paul O'Cuinn, Ann Laing, Karen Currie, Helen McNamara, Evelyn Lennie, Roger Millar, Niall Murphy, David Hart, Fiona Frank, ClydeUnion Pumps and Glasgow Life.

We are grateful for the funding received from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Glasgow City Council.

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