The Streets of Parkhead

Copyright © : Peter W. Mortimer

Alma Street

A short dog-legged street that ran off Camlachie Street. It was named after the Battle of Alma, which took place in 1854 during the Crimean War.

Arch Street

It originally ran from 1023 Gallowgate to Biggar Street and had previously been known as Broad Street East. The west side of the street was dominated by the railway viaduct that carried the well known ‘Croft’ sign of the nearby garage on Gallowgate, whilst the opposite side of the street was taken up with a tenement. On the 2nd August 1961, two eight year old girls and a baby in a pram were injured in the street when part of a wall of a railway arch collapsed on top of them. The street no longer exists and now forms part of the junction on Gallowgate leading into the Forge Retail Park. No longer exists.

Ardgour Street

A short street that ran from 89 Burgher Street to 100 Helenvale Street, and was named after the hamlet of the same name in Argyllshire. No longer exists.

Arrol Place

Ran off 1058 London Road and was originally known as Mordaunt Place. The street was named after the famous firm of William Arrol & Co., whose Dalmarnock Ironworks were located nearby. Arrol’s were founded  in 1868 and are perhaps best known for manufacturing the steelwork for the Forth Rail Bridge. Arrol Place was cleared away during the redevelopment of the area and the name still survives as an address in a small industrial estate.

Auburn Place

One of the lost streets of Parkhead, it was a cul-de-sac off the north side of Shettleston Road, close to the site of the present Lafarge cement depot. There were five closes in the street and virtually all of the heads of the households are shown in the 1913 Valuation Roll as being labourers. The properties were owned by William Beardmore & Co. Ltd., and it is likely they employed the tenants, given the street’s close proximity to Parkhead Forge. No longer exists.

Back Causeway

Still exists, though now shorter than it was originally laid out, when it extended from 171 Westmuir Street through to Old Shettleston Road, which later became Shettleston Road. On the east side, close to Westmuir Street stood the Parkhead Metal Refining Works, built in 1875 for Park & Paterson, metal refiners. The original front facade still exists, and the ground is now occupied as a travelling persons site. Part of the east side was originally known as Colliers Row, which reflects Parkhead’s links as a mining community, with several collieries nearby.

Beattock Street

Runs from Powfoot Street to Crail Street and is mainly taken up with housing from the inter war years. It is laid out on the site of what was once a quarry.

Biggar Street

Cul-de-sac off 1009 Gallowgate, and it previously formed part of what was known as Broad Street. No longer exists.

Burgher Street

Laid out from Tollcross Road at Parkhead Cross to Dechmont Street. It is believed it is named after Burghers, who had a place of worship here.

Cairncraig Street

Possibly one of the least well known thoroughfares in Parkhead. It is the lane that runs down the side of Belvidere Hospital, just past Belvidere Bowling Club on London Road. It was named after Cairncraig House, but has been renamed as Belvidere Avenue following the recent development of that area.

Camlachie Street

It ran from 792 Gallowgate, at the Fielden Street junction to Stamford Street and was at one time known as Great Eastern Old Road. The village of Camlachie itself, has been referred to as far back as 1300, an the name means ‘muddy bend of the burn’, derived from the Celtic language. It has been variously spelt over the years, including Camblachie, Cumlachie and Camacachecheyn. The burn referred to in the ancient name is Camlachie Burn, which flows through the district, on its way to meet the Molindinar Burn, below Glasgow Green. In a survey of 1590 there is a reference to ‘Cumlachie Brig’. One of the most prominent buildings on the street was the Camlachie Distillery at number 130. It was progressively built between 1853 and 1863, and went on to produce a fine lowland malt. Distilling ceased at Camlachie in 1920 and it became a bonded warehouse. Within the complex stood a villa, known as Burnpoint House, and this was the house of the distillery manager. During the Second World War, Polish troops were billeted in the warehouse buildings. A few hundred yards away at number 100, was an acid works, the premises of Turnbull Stuart & Co., which dated from 1813. By the early seventies both these works had disappeared from the landscape, and Camlachie Street is now no more than a disjointed  track, and in no way reflects its lively past.

Caroline Street

Runs off 394 Westmuir Street and is named after Queen Caroline. Nearby, close to the junction with Muiryfauld Drive stood the Caroline Coal Pit. The district of Parkhead was founded on two industries, coal mining and weaving, before the Reoch brothers established Parkhead Forge in 1837, which saw the start of industrial expansion in the area.

Coalhill Street

Runs from 1051 Gallowgate to Dunrobin Street and named due to its proximity to a coal ree or bing. At number 12 was the Glasgow City Mission.

Crail Street

Originally known as Baird Street and named after Robert Baird, an oil and colour merchant. The street runs from 222 Westmuir Street to Tollcross Road, it is named after the village of the same name in Fife. Until 2010, the most dominant building in the street was Quarrybrae Primary School which was built in 1904 to a design by the architects McWhannell and Rogerson. On 11th September 1964 a four year old girl was knocked down and killed in the street. At number 62 a four year old girl was injured when she fell twenty feet into the close stairwell on 6th October 1968.

Croft Street

A cul-de-sac off 989 Gallowgate it was named after the Lands of Croft which were in the vicinity. It was the site of the Emmanuel Church and the street is probably best known for providing the name of a car showroom and garage that stood on Gallowgate, and the name was emblazoned on the railway bridge crossing Gallowgate at this point. The street has disappeared and stood near to the roundabout at the entrance to the Forge Retail Park.

Croydon Street

Originally ran from 1262 Duke Street to Dunbar Street, it was once known as Chapel Terrace. The street disappeared when the Forge Shopping Centre was built.

Cuthelton Street

Runs from 60 Canmore Street to 94 Mackinfauld Road, it was at one time home to several works. At number 67 was a foundry built in 1906 for Rennie’s Steel Casting Co., which was later acquired by the chemical manufacturers Domestos Ltd. At 113 was an iron and steel store, the premises of John Donald Ltd, whilst at 77 was the depot of Val De Travers Ltd., asphalt contractors. The street also housed Parkhead Fire Station, which closed when services were transferred to Cambuslang.

Dalriada Street

A curved street that ran from London Road to Janefield Street, it contained inter war housing all of which is now demolished. Only the line of the road surface remains.

Davaar Street

A short street that ran off 1101 London Road, and was previously known as Barr Street.

Dechmont Street

Runs from 824 Springfield Road to 114 Helenvale Street and takes its name from the Dechmont Hills which lie to the south of Cambuslang. At number 22, in the backlands of the tenement once stood a billiard hall, accessed through a pend. It later became the site of a children’s playground. A tenement at number 38 has no close fronting on to the street, with access being gained at the rear of the building.

Delburn Street

It ran off 379 Janefield Street to 21 Malcolm Street and was laid out on the site of the original Celtic Park. It was named after Delburn House and was dominated by tenement closes and disappeared when Barr’s extended their works. A few incidents connected with the street are reported in the newspapers of the 1960’s. At number 12 a 26 year old man died in a house fire on the 31st July 1960, whilst at number 44 a sixty nine year old man died following burns received in another house fire on the 24th October 1968.

Dervaig Street

Close to Parkhead Cross, it runs from 17 Westmuir Street to East Wellington Street and was originally known as Gray Street. It was named after the Gray family, who were owners of the nearby Carntyne Estate. On 26th November 1968, a 17 year old youth was attacked in the street by a gang and had his thumb cut off.

Drumover Drive

Runs from 291 Tollcross Road to Muiryfauld Drive and part was previously known as Girard Avenue. At number 16 stood Tollcross Parish Church, built around 1905.

Duke Street

Believed to be the longest street in Britain, it was measured and found to be marginally longer than London’s Oxford Street. It extends from 234 High Street and runs all the way through to Parkhead Cross, and takes its name from the Duke of Montrose, and was also known as Carntyne Road over part of its distance. The portion of Duke Street that runs from Shettleston Road up to the Cross was at one time known as New Street. The west side was dominated by Parkhead Forge which was established in 1837 by the Reoch Brothers, and later came under the ownership of William Beardmore. The company was an industrial giant and at one time employed 40,000 people throughout all their works including Parkhead, Dalmuir and Inchinnan. The company is possibly best remembered for the armaments they manufactured during the two World Wars, and the iconic rail crossing at the Duke Street/Shettleston Road junction, where shunters would carry goods between various parts of the works.

At number 1317 stood the Granada Cinema which opened in 1935 and could accommodate 2400 patrons. Like many other Glasgow cinemas, it became a bingo hall in its latter yaers before closing in 1995. It lay empty for some years after before being demolished and the site being taken up with a housing project. Before the Granada was built, another picture hall stood on the site called The Louvre and it dated from 1914. Across the street from the Granada, and slightly further up towards the Parkhead Cross stands a tenement built in 1902 to a design by Burnet, Boston & Carruthers, in a French Renaissance style. It is built on the site of George Henry Farmer’s public house, which is now covered by the former Clydesdale Bank on the ground floor of the tenement.

In the relatively short part of Duke Street that could be considered as being in Parkhead there is a history of public houses. At number 1344 was the Le Bon Apetit, a bar /restaurant that took over the premises that was the original Parkhead Post office in 1960. It later became The Duke of Tourraine, and had further name changes being known variously as Hiccups, The Gallery and the Thistle Tavern. Across the road, at number 1325 was The Pippin, later known as Danny Mac’s. Two pubs to have disappeared completely from the landscape were the Palace Bar at number 1285, and at 1257 The Hare and Hound.

Dunbar Street

Another one of Parkhead’s lost streets, it ran off 1340 Duke Street and like Croydon Street vanished when The Forge Shopping Centre was built. It was originally known as Dawson Street and was named after James Dawson, a local builder.

Dunrobin Street

Runs off Society Street and was originally known as East Union Street. It was the site of the Camlachie Pottery, owned by Watt & Co., and traded during the 1860’s.

East Wellington Street

Still in existance, it runs from 1251 Duke Street to Hart Street. The north side of the street was almost entirely taken up by Parkhead Forge, whilst at number 21 stood a warehouse, the premises of John Fleming, provision merchant. Further east at number 134 was the stables of Alexander Hart, cartage contractors, and at number 226 was the Parkhead Boiler Works, owned by Muir & Finlay, boilermakers.

Edmiston Street

A street full of tenements that ran off 871 Springfield Road to Delburn Street. Like Delburn Street it was laid out on the site of the original Celtic Park, and later disappeared when the lemonade factory was expanded.

Elba Lane

Runs off 1340 Gallowgate and part of the street was once known as Whinny Park Place.

Ewing Place

Ran off 1401 Gallowgate to Dawson Street although is now much shorter.

Foundry Open

Cul-de-sac off 823 just to the west of Vinegarhill. It was named after its close proximity to Camlachie Foundry. It disappeared under the car park of the Forge Retail Park.

Frazer Street

Cul-de-sac off 1181 Gallowgate and originally formed a path to Longpark Cottage. It was once known as Carntyne Place. No longer exists.


One of the principal routes into Parkhead from the city centre, it extends from Glasgow Cross to Parkhead Cross. The portion from Millerston Street to Parkhead Cross was previously known as Great Eastern Road, but became part of an extended Gallowgate in 1925. At number 845 Gallowgate at Camlachie was the Vinegarhill Showground which was established around 1870. It was the site of a vibrant carnival and showground attractions, as well as having a theatre which later showed films. There are a number of very vivid newspaper accounts of the attractions at Vinegarhill. It was owned by the Green family who also built Green’s Playhouse at Renfield Street, the largest cinema in Europe with 4400 seats, and was later known as The Apollo, becoming one of the UK’s premier rock and pop concert venues.

Across the road from Vinegarhill at number 976 was Camlachie Police Station, built in 1877 to a design by the city engineer John Carrick. By the 1960’s it was no longer in use and was demolished in 1977. Slightly further east, at number 1004 stood the Camlachie Institute, opened on 1st May 1890, it became the focal point for community life in the area, with drama, judo and music classes all being held there. At number 1026 was Camlachie Primary School, opened in 1876.

At number 1456 is the Trustee Savings Bank building, which dates from 1908. It was designed by the Glasgow architect John Keppie, and it is believed the Charles Rennie Mackintosh may have been involved in the project, as he was a junior partner in Keppie’s firm at the time. The sculpture at the top of the building signifies Prudence Strangling Want. For a few years the premises were used as a bar/restaurant, but currently lie empty.

At number 1264 is Janefield Cemetery opened in 1847 on the lands of Little Tollcross. The 24 acre site contains around 19,000 graves, a Jewish Section and many war graves.

At number 1306 was the aerated water factory of A G Barr, who established their premises here in 1887. In 1901 they began to make their famous Irn Bru brand, which was to define them and became a market leading flavour. In recent times the factory has closed with new housing now occupying the site, and Barr’s moving out to new premises at Cumbernauld.

At number 1494 stood the grain mill premises of J & J Kent, later occupied by Adams Bros, scrap merchants.

There is no street in Glasgow that has had as many pubs along its length than Gallowgate, with reportedly up to 163 drinking establishments. In the Parkhead area there have been and still exist several;

989 : The Croft, also known as Stevenson Taylor’s

1023 : The Grange, also known as McLean’s

1046 : The Mill Inn, also known as McLaren’s

1051 : The Reunion Bar

1287 : The Grove

1299 : The Reekie Linn

1316 : Old Black Bull

1401 : The Anchor

1413 : The Old Straw House, also known as The Five Ways

Grier Street

Ran off 106 Crail Street, it no longer exists, although the name lives on with Grier Path which is now in the vicinity.

Hart Street

It runs from 301 Westmuir Street to Shettleston Road and is named after Alexander Hart, a local cartage contractor.

Helenvale Street

Helenvale was the name of a proposed village that was to be laid out in the area pre 1830, but the scheme was never realised. The present street runs from 48 Tollcross Road to London Road and was known in the old village of Parkhead as Coach Road. The portion on the east corner with Tollcross Road, where the library stands, was once known as High Belvidere and also Browns Land, just beyond this corner and stretching east along Tollcross Road was a row of houses known as Shinty Ha’. On the east side of the street is the now derelict Helenvale Park, which was formally opened on 2nd September 1924 by the Duke of York, who later became King George VI, and it was known as the Corporation Transport Ground. At number 150 stands Calton Parkhead Parish Church, built in 1935 as Newbank Church. At numbers 18 to 26 once stood a soap works, premises of Kennedy & Reid, the site now occupied by modern housing.

At numbers 52 to 62 stands an Art Nouveau style tenement, built in 1902 to a design by John Hamilton.

Holywell Street

It runs from 1046 Gallowgate to Janefield Street and was originally known as East Hope Street. A row of one storey tenements dating from the mid nineteenth century stood on the east side of the street, and further along at number 49 still stands the Parkhead Factory. It was built in 1906 as a weaving mill for Clark & Struthers, gingham manufacturers, and later became the premises of Cardowan Creameries Ltd., who still occupy the building.

Humber Street

Runs off Society Street and was once known as East Hill Street.

Invernairn Street

Another street that disappeared when the Forge Shopping Centre was built, it originally ran off 1297 Gallowgate. It was originally known as Burn Road wand was renamed Invernairn Street after the title adopted by William Beardmore as Lord Invernairn in 1921. The street was also the site of the Home Brewery, founded in 1865 by George Dalrymple, later being acquired McLachlans Ltd., brewers and bottlers.

Janefield Street

It runs from 180 Stamfor Street to Springfield Road and is named after Jean Holmes, the wife of Robert McNair who owned land in the area, that later became Janefield Cemetery. The west part of the street was originally known as Porter Street and may have been named after John Porter, a local brickmaker and tenement builder. At number 80 stood the Mountainblue Cooperage, premises of  Thomas Stevenson, coopers. It later became the Camlachie Cooperage.

Kerrydale Street

Cul-de-sac off 1135 London Road and at number 95 is the location of Celtic Park, home of Celtic Football Club, founded in 1888. In 1967 they became the first British team to win the European Cup.

Kinnear Road

Originally ran alongside the railway line off London Road. It no longer exists and the site is occupied by the Velodrome for the Commonwealth Games.

London Road

Runs from Glasgow Cross to Hamilton Road at Mount Vernon, it is reputedly the longest ‘road’ in the UK, with a portion of it going through the Parkhead district. At number 1139 is London Road Primary School, built in 1905 to a design by Turnbull & Thomson. At number 1400 was Belvidere Hospital, built in 1887 by the Corporation of Glasgow  as an isolation hospital for infectious diseases. The 25 acre Belvidere Estate was owned in the 18th century by John McCall a Glasgow merchant. It later passed to the McNair family who owned the nearby Jeanfield Estate. The site has now been developed into housing.

At numbers 1337 to 1341 stood the United Thread Mills which along with the Springfield Foundry at number 1323 disappeared when the Helenvale Flats were built. Also in the vicinity was Springbank House.

London Road is home to a good number of public houses along its length, but only a few in the Parkhead area. At the junction with Springfield Road are The London Road Tavern at number 1285, whilst on the opposite corner at 1293 stands Flynn’s, also known as The Springfield Vaults. At number 1257 is Turnstiles pub, which only does business on match days at Celtic Park, and is located in the former Co-op premises.

Malcolm Street

Like Delburn and Edmiston Streets, a tenemented street running from 811 Springfield Road that disappeared when A G Barr developed their works. It was originally known as McDougall Street, having been named after Thomas McDougall, a local tenement builder.

Manitoba Place

Arguably one of the least known streets in the district, it was a cul-de-sac that ran off 3 Janefield Street, just at the railway arch into Stamford Street. It was later blocked off by a gate when it became the premises of the Tennants Brewery maintenance depot.

Mountainblue Street

Runs from Fielden Street to Yate Street and takes its name from the Blue Mountains of  Jamaica. William Lyons who owned the Barrowfield Potteries, had sugar plantations in Jamaica and acknowledged the mountains there in the street name.

McEwan Street

It ran from Burgher Street to 64 Helenvale Street and was named after James McEwan of Helenvale, whose son James was a well known tobacconist in the city. It was originally known as Jack Street.

Nisbet Street

Named after Thomas Nisbet who owned the nearby Westmuir Colliery, it runs from 105 Westmuir Street to East Wellington Street. At number 30 stood the Pheonix Cabinet Works, built around 1896 for Crichton & Mooney, upholsterers, and later the manufacture of coffins. On the opposite side of the street, further along at number 35 was St. Michael’s Primary School, which closed in the early 1960’s when a new school was built in Springfield Road.

Ogilvie Street

Runs from 314 Tollcross Road to Canmore Street.

Palace Street

A short street with tenements on both sides that ran from Janefield Street to 23 Edmiston Street. At number 21 on the 20th of July 1969 a nine year old boy died when a washhouse in the back court collapsed on top of him. The street no longer exists.

Pharonhill Street

Cul-de-sac off 31 Quarrybrae Street. It was here that a man was murdered on a piece of waste ground on 16th March 1966.

Quarrybrae Street

Running from 105 Crail Street to Muiryfauld Drive, it originally led to a quarry. At number 31 is a model lodging house, opened in 1927 with accommodation for 103 persons. It later became Quarrybrae Community Centre.

Quarryknowe Street

Runs off 296 Westmuir Street and was named as it was formed on a knowe or small hill, leading to a quarry. At number 21 was Quarryknowe Masonic Hall, premises of St. John’s Masonic Lodge.

Ravel Row

A short street running from 73 Westmuir Street to East Wellington Street, it takes its name from Parkhead’s weaving past, from ravel or ravelings, which was tangled yarn. Part of the street was previously known as Western Place. At numbers 23 to 27 was a stables and workshop, built in 1906 for John Roy, joiners. It was later known as W & A Roy.

Rigby Street

Runs north off 447 Shettleston Road to Carntyne Road, and was named after William Rigby who was a manager at the nearby Parkhead Forge. At number 139 was the wheel and axle works of William Beardmore & Co., engineers. The works were built in 1906 and formed part of the sprawling Parkhead Forge which stretched from Camlachie to Carntyne. The axle works were later owned by Glasgow Railway Engineering Co. Ltd. At number 92 was a crane works, built in 1904 for the Glasgow Electric Crane & Hoist Co. Ltd., and later acquired by Sir William Arrol & Co. Ltd.

At number 231 a husband and wife were attacked and seriously injured in their home on 25th January 1967. A man was later charged with attempted murder.

Salamanca Street

Runs off 1281 Duke Street and is named after the victory at Salamanca in Spain by the British forces over the French in 1812. At number 121 was the Pheonix Cabinet Works, built in 1896 for Crichton & Mooney, upholsterers. It later became the premises of Fyfe & Douglas, coffin manufacturers.

Shettleston Road

The main route from Glasgow to the ancient settlement of Shettleston starts at Duke Street, next to the site of Parkhead Forge, and runs through to what was the old city boundary. It forms the northern edge of Parkhead.

Silverdale Street

Runs off 1326 London Road and was originally known as Steven Parade. It was named after tenement builder William Stevenson, and his ‘WS’ initials can still be seen, etched into the stonework of the tenement at the corner of London Road. At numbers 13 to 25 stands Belvidere Bowling Club, which dates from 1861. At number 48 was Springfield Park, home of the now defunct football club Strathclyde FC.

Society Street

Runs from 1063 Gallowgate to Humber Street, and is believed to take its name from the Camlachie Old Friendly Society, which was established in 1772. In former times the street was dominated by low rise dwellings, similar to those that existed in Holywell Street. They were replaced by inter was housing which recently underwent refurbishment. At number 32 stood a chemical works, premises of William Gardiner & Co., chemical manufacturers.

Sorby Street

It links 119 Tollcross Road to Westmuir Street and is laid out on the site of the old quarry (see Beattock Street also), and is named after the village of the same name in Wigtonshire. At number 47 stood a labour exchange, whilst at number 26 was St Paul’s Episcopal Church.

Southbank Street

Small Cul-de-sac off 51 Sorby Street.

Springfield Road

It runs from 557 Dalmarnock Road to 1422 Gallowgate linking Parkhead with Dalmarnock. It was previously known as Dalmarnock Street and ‘Dry Thrapple Loan’, which suggests it was a dusty thoroughfare which left travellers with a parched throat. It takes its name from the lands of Springfield, which were owned by the Millar family, who were calico printers. Millerfield Street recognises the family name.

At number was the Black Cat Cinema, opened in 1921 by the eccentric showman A.E. Pickard, and could seat 900 patrons. It later became a television studio run by BBC, and did on ocassion, transmit ‘The White Heather Club’. The building is now in use as a warehouse. It was originally the site of Dalmarnock Laundry.

At number 452 was Riverside Primary School, built in 1933 on the site of the Springbank Brick Works, later known as the Mauldslie Brick Works. The school was ‘E’ shaped and took its name due its close proximity to the River Clyde. Its football pitch was the first school playing filed in Glasgow to have floodlights. The school closed in 1984 and was subsequently demolished. The site is to house the athlete’s village for the forthcoming Commonwealth Games.

At number 871 is Newlands Primary School, built in 1895 to a design by Andrew Balfour. It was later used as premises by the Social Work Department.

At number 636 stood the Springfield Wire Works, premises of Begg Cousland & Co. Ltd., wire manufacturers. Further on, at number 774 is the Clansman public house, later known as The Oak bar.

On the 29th March 1993 a tenement at number 870 to 872 collapse injuring two women.

Stamford Street

The main street through the Barrowfield housing scheme, it originally ran from 995 London Road to 1020 Gallowgate, though it is now altered. At number 100 was a chocolate factory, built in 1899 for the Sweetmeat Automatic Delivery Co., and later Reeves Ltd. It made chocolate bars for vending machines. The premises later became the Sunblest bakery, and were damaged by fire on the 22nd February 1967. The whole complex was demolished in 1994.

Stobo Street

It ran from Croft Street to Biggar Place, and was named after Robert Stobo of Stobo & Bathgate, property agents. It no longer exists.

Tennyson Drive

Runs from Drumover Drive to 37 Muiryfauld Road and is named after Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Poet Laureate in 1850.

Thornhill Street

Built on the site of Westmuir Quarry, which was owned by Thomas Nisbet.

Tollcross Road

Runs from Parkhead Cross through the ancient lands of Tollcross and on to Hamilton Road. Number 190 was previously known as Hillpark Place. At number 49 was the Parkhead Picture Palace, opened in 1921 to a design by George Gunn with seating for 1250. It was known locally as the ‘3 P’s’ and was demolished in the 1960’s. The site is now occupied by a tenement with a pawnshop on the ground floor.

At number 64 stands Parkhead Library, built in 1906 to a design by J R Rhind, it was one of the so called ‘Carnegie libraries’ which were built in the city with generous funds provided by Andrew Carnegie, the Dunfermline born industrialist and philanthropist. Next door at number 80 is Parkhead Washhouse, built in 1905 to a design by the City Engineer A B McDonald.

Along the road at number 252 is Parkhead Tram Depot, built in 1921 for Glasgow Corporation Tramways Department, and now in use as a bus garage. Within the garage is a war memorial to the fallen of World War 1.

At 136 is the Salvation Army Hall. The foundation stone was laid in August 1907, and the building featured in the ‘Who Do You Think You Are’ television series when political commentator Jeremy Paxman visited the hall whilst tracing his family tree.

At number 65 is possibly the oldest public house in Parkhead, the Bowlers Rest, which took its name from the bowling green which stood behind the site of the pub. It has also been known as Whitelaw’s. Just past the site of Parkhead Washhouse was an old hostelry known as the White House Inn. It was a single storey former weaver’s cottage, and became a pub in the 1850’s.

At number 198 is The Tavern public house, which dates from the 1930’s as a licensed premises. At number 22 stands a billiard hall. It was badly damaged by fire on 8th March 1962, when it was believed a fire had started when when intruders tried to blow open a safe in the premises.

A 25 year old woman was killed and two other women injured when they were knocked down in the street, near to its junction with Sorby Street on13th March 1963.

Trainard Avenue

It runs off 315 Wellshot Road and is named after John Train of John Train & Taylor, builders and contractors based in Dalmarnock.

Van Street

A cul-de-sac off 1253 Gallowgate, it no longer exists. It was named after the van works of J H Kelly, who had a factory at number 15, which was built in 1904. The premises were later acquired by William Beardmore. Number 3 was previously known as Bella Place.

Vinegarhill Street

A cul-d-sac off 867 Gallowgate, it no longer exists and disappeared below what is now the Forge Retail Park. It is likely to have been named after the vinegar works of D King & Co., who established themselves around 1837, although it has also been suggetsed the name derives from the Battle of Vinegarhill at county Wexford in 1798.

The North British Oil & Grease Works stood at number 49, and were built in 1875 for Joseph Jack, roisin, oil distillers and grease manufacturers. At number 61 was a gut works, premises of John Noonan, gut merchants.

Westmuir Street

It runs from 1 Tollcross Road to Shettleston Road and could be described as the epicentre of the district. In former times Shettleston was made up of three distinctive parts. Furthest east was the settlement known as Eastmuir, a name that survives to the present day. The main village was known as Middle Quarter, and was situated around Shettleston Cross at the Shettleston Road/Darleith Street/Wellshot Road junction. The last part, at the edge of what we know as Parkhead was called Westmuir, hence the name of the street. Number 156 was previously the site of Anderson Place.

Numbers 181 to 201 were previously known as Sebastopol Terrace and named after the city of the same name in Crimea.

At numbers 5 to 15 stands a tenement known as the Watson Building. It was built in 1905 to a design by Crawford & Veitch, and busts of various members of the Watson family are clearly visible. They owned a significant amount of property in and around the Parkhead area, and lived at Muiryfauld Drive. James R Watson was a Professor of Chemistry, whilst George R Watson was a merchant and victualler.

At number 17 stands a store, built for W H Wyllie Ltd., grocers. In the late 1970’s it became a Chinese restaurant and a piece of Parkhead folklore was born, when it later closed down after dogs were found in the hanging in the freezer.

At number 79 is Parkhead Congregational Church, built in 1879 to a design by Robert Baldie. The frontage of the church recently underwent stone cleaning and the addition of a new entrance. At the corner with Sorby Street at number 110 was Parkhead East Church, built in 1878 and now demolished, the site now being occupied by a housing development.

At number 270 was an oil and tallow works built around 1909, premises of Cardno & Co., oil and tallow refiners. The premises were later owned by D. Willox Ltd., chemical manufacturers. The owner, David Willox, was active in local politics and wrote his reminiscences of Parkhead.

At 135 is Parkhead Public School, built in 1879 to a design by Hugh MacLure. It was later used as a careers office but currently stands in very poor condition with no defined purpose.

At number 105, two young girls had to be rescued from a back shop following a fire on 1st August 1967.

At number 357 a 4 year old boy died in a house fire on 15th December 1962.

On 19th July 1995, near to the junction with Nisbet Street a 36 year old man was stabbed to death.

Public houses on Westmuir Street : The Prince Charlie at number 89 was originally known as Craibs,  whilst at number 174 is O’Kane’s also known as the Two Bells. Further east at number 243 was the Anchorage, sister establishment of the Anchor Bar on Gallowgate at Parkhead Cross. Ward’s Bar, now demolished was known locally as ‘the daft shoap’ and reputedly had peever beds painted on the floor, and a horse is said to have drank beer at the bar.

Whitby Street

An angled street that runs from 770 Springfield Road to Dechmont Street. It was originally known as Thomson Drive and later became Winston Street when it was named after Winston Churchill who married Clementina Hozier, she was the daughter of a local landowner. One side of the street is covered by a row of tenements, whilst the other side was once the location of Parkhead Railway Station, which was opened in the early 1900’s. In July 1914 King George V and Queen Mary alighted at the station to visit the nearby Parkhead Forge of William Beardmore. The station was for a time known as Parkhead Stadium Station, and was eventually closed in the early 1960’s.

Williamson Street

Cul-de-sac running off 1300 London Road it once boasted tenements on both sides, now reduced to just one side of the street. At number 20 once lived actor John Cairney.

Winning Row

Ran from 239 Westmuir Street to East Wellington Street, and takes its name from the Winning family, who lived in the area.

Yate Street

Originally ran from 976 Gallowgate to Law Street but is now shorter and altered. It was named after James Yates of Woodville in Devonshire, who gifted the Isle of Shuna to the city in 1829. At number 85 stood a works, the premises of Vulcanite Ltd., felt manufacturers and later owned by Brander Cullen Engineering Co. Ltd. It is now the site of the Bambury Centre.

At number 85 was a confectionery works, premises of Edward Mackenzie. Now demolished.

At its junction with Gallowgate the shape of a football boot, ball and goalpost was set into the cobbled surface.

140 thoughts on “The Streets of Parkhead

  1. Robert Ferguson

    Interesting site I have just discovered it. I have not seen any mention of Cargill Street. I lived there from 1951 until about 1961

  2. James White

    My mum’s family lived in Nuneaton Street then Soho Street, most of these street names I remember my gran mentioning in stories she would tell me about the East End, then as I got older and started to come into the East End to watch Celtic i would be amazed to see all these street names that I had heard about off of my gran and mum, Soho Street doesn’t exist now, it ran from near Belgrove Station to along where Crownpoint Sports Centre is now, my mum had some famous neighbours, a young Lulu would sing at back court concerts as a young girl, and Mrs Lawrie, Lulu’s mum would let my mum and her pals push her son Billy in the pram, he would go on to be a famous songwriter and producer, a young Thomas Burns would also hone his footballing skills in the street, he went on to live his dream of playing for Celtic, and I watched him play many a time, Soho Street was knocked down, and my mum’s family were moved to Drumchapel, my mum met my dad at the dancing at Clydebank Town Hall, and they got married in 1962 and settled in Clydebank, my gran passed away in 1999, but my memories of her stories of the East End live on, God bless them all as they’ve all passed away now.



  4. Alex Hamilton

    I lived with my Mum and Dad, (Matty and Alex Hamilton) on Ardgour Street 1948 to 1953 when we moved to Cranhill. My Maternal grandparents James and Mary (nee Miller) Kemp also lived on the same street. My Grampa drove a lorry and I still remember driving with him in it. He would teach me all the makes of cars. I also remember going to the black cat and getting chased from a place we played in called the islay . Also remember going into Tolan’s shop. I now live in Texas.

  5. Harry Machon

    Does Anyone have any pics of the building at 1100 Gallowgate, end of the Cemetery wall there is a space where it was then a power Station box then entrance to Cardowan Creamery. My wife’s Granny lived in that building but can’t find trace of it or pics at all. Don’t know when it was knocked down either anyone any ideas. This is on left side of Gallowgate before Holywell St. Thanks.

  6. John law

    I was born in 1963 in a single end in 20 McEwan St Parkhead E2 .
    Moved to Tollcross in the summer of 73 when the demolition of McEwan St and surrounding streets took place .
    Now covered by McEwan Court.
    Some fantastic history lessons reading the comments and the street names of the Old Parkhead area.

  7. Mary Hentschel

    Hello All, What a great site this is. No, I never lived on any of the streets mentioned but my Paterson ancestors lived on Gallowgate and Duke St. in the 1870’s.
    Are there any newspapers that would cover the Parkhead area back in the 1870’s.
    I have recently located children buried at the Eastern Necropolis.

  8. William Maxwell

    My name is Billy Maxwell. I worked in Beardmore’s from 1960 to 1967. When I was on the night-shift turning a forty ton works roll, it exploded and broke into three massive chunks. No one was injured, but I had recurring nightmares for years. I am trying to find someone who was there at the time, as I have no evidence of this as I am writing my autobiography, and would like confirmation of this happening.
    Billy Maxwell

    1. John Ross grandson

      My grandfather john Ross worked they during this period I think he retired in 1968 at 65 years old he work rd in the coke ovens. When he retired he moved to strathaven and died in 1972 did you possibly know him before he moved he stayed in greenfield in the steel houses built just after the second world war

    2. William murphy

      My Grandfather worked in the same place all his days, his name was Duncan Niven does that ring any bells?

  9. James McVey

    Hello, my Name is James McVey. I am looking for the location of McEwan street in 1910 – 1913.
    I am looking for relatives on the Sweeney, McVey and Taggart familys originaly form this area.
    James McVey

    1. Charlie Scully

      Hellow my name is Charlie Scully I lived at 24 Delburn St in the early 60s there was a family that lived below us there name was McVey I know they had a daughter Rita Can’t remember any other names


      1. John McCulloch

        Hi Charlie
        This is a bit of a shot in the dark.
        A question first.
        Do you know if Mr Mcvey work as a cook on the Stranraer to Larne ferry , or merchant navy?
        When I read your question I just thought it was too much of a coincidence!.
        Sorry I cant remember Rita’s Mum and Dads names names, but I do know of a Rita McVey
        who moved to a new housing estate in Glasgow, in 1967, and I may be able to fill in some answers.

  10. Ed McCarroll

    I am Ed Mccarroll formerly at 1237 gallowgate, glasgow , scotland. We lived directly across from Janefield cemetery, next to van street. I understand the tenement is no longer there. Bur I have so many memories of children there that my brother , I myself, and my sisters were associated with. I would love to visit the area again if it was intact.

  11. Liz (Walmsley ) Winters

    My mother, Betty Jamieson was born & raised in Budden St, with her two sisters, Margaret & Gina. My mum, betty lived there from her birth 1941 until she got married to Archie Walmsley from Millerson st, my mum lived there with her parents Archie & Meg zJzJamieson

    1. joycemctear

      My grandparents sheila & John mc tear lived in buddon st . I can recall bettys name . I was born in 1978 . I also lived there with my mum Rose mc tear

  12. Mary Hush

    Hi I stayed I in the Gallowgate where I was born in 1944 until roughly 1949 ,can’t remember the no.but we were accross from Janefield cemetery,
    My Father was Patrick Toner and my Mother was Helen Toner (nee Robertson ) but known as Ella , My mother died when she was just 24 ,I was 4 and my brother was around 6months old I wonder if anybody from then remembers that traumatic event .We then moved in with my Granny and Grandad in Chester St, Shettleston ,
    It would be lovely to hear from anybody who remembers anything about my mother .
    At one point I worked in the coffin works in Salamanka Street ,that would have been around 1963 , This site is a walk down memory lane . Thank You

  13. R. Evans

    The name of the short street where Dalriada St joins London Rd. It was opposit Buddon St and led directly to the turnstile of Celtic Park ‘ Boy’s Gate ‘

  14. Mary Connor

    Hi just discovered this site i’m origonaly from Glasgow Dunbar st …no longer exsist i believe i now live in Australia trying to find my friend Jean Hendry lived in Salamanca St married name Daley id be greatful to hear if anyone knows her thank you


    IS WONDERFUL FAMILY. I WAS LUCKY TO NURSE UNCLE NORTH AND CHARLIE. THERE WERE SO MANY KIND AND WONDERFUL FAMILY, WHICH HAS PQASSED ON TO MNY MUM.THEY WERE FISHERMawn and my mum, auntie anne and uncle3 bill, whom i loved dealy. please get in touch if u are aware of ann, it would make my life completye.please hale p me. rhey went to riverside school and they av done so well qnde r wonder

  16. Margharita McCallum

    My gran lived in Rowchester Street and during the general strike in 1926 she was waiting anxiously for her son returning home as she heard there was a riot up on the main road. As she looked out the top floor flat at I think no. 17, she saw a young lad running for his life. He ran in the close , up the stairs, in her open door and threw himself under a bed, where he sheltered until he could be persuaded to come out. My uncle appeared soon after, safe and sound and told her that shop windows had been broken and a violent fight between strikers and Police had occurred. I was learning about the history of the strike at Whitehill school and a visiting teacher told us that the history book we were reading from was inaccurate and there had been no trouble as related in the book. When I mentioned this to my mum ,she related the above memory.
    My uncle sold newspaper at Bridgeton Cross when he was a young lad and came home one day ,very proudly showing her a penny given to him by Harry Lauder. By 1926 he was in an athletics club and had been out training the day of the strike. He won a medal in the Glasgow Edinburgh road race which I presume was the fore runner of today’s marathons in which his granddaughters have run.

  17. george wilson


    Very handy information, cheers. We lived at 1305 Gallowgate when I was born in 1960, then after a few months moved to 1267 Gallowgate, the corner with Van Street. I was only 7 when we moved away to Shettleston in 67, but I still vividly remember playing in Van St itself and the back court behind the Gallowgate adjoining. Remember the names of two of my Van St pals, Edward Coyle who went to St Michaels, and Joe Stephenson who went to Newlands with me.

  18. Anne Brown nee McNair

    I lived in the longest street in britain, and the last close, no. 1361 Duke Street, right at parkhead cross, we lived right at the top on the corner of westmuir st.and duke street. that was some house!!!!! It was scarey then!!!

    I think it was haunted!!That was way back at the beginning of the 60s i


      1. James Dougan

        I live at 41Crail Street. My name was Jim Dougan but everyone called me Dougie. I was born in 1953 and had a younger brother called Frank, and a sister called Ann . What number in Crail st did you live in William.

  19. Billy murphy

    My grans name was tina hodge came from a big family who lived in Van street
    Her father was a sign writer ans painter,

    1. Lynn OKeefe

      My Gran was Isabella Hodge married to George Dakers the family also lived in Van Street. I’ve heard my father mention Tina Hodge – presume she was his aunt?

    2. margaret macdonald

      tina and janet and billy were cousins of my mother who was one of the bookless family who lived in 1209 Gallowgate. They were also a big family

      1. William McDermott

        Hi Kenny my grandfather was Jim Murphy in sure he was your dad’s brother jock who stayed in can street my mother is Jean McDermott known as Jean Murphy I remember my mum taking me to the house in can street in the 1960s

  20. Maureen Rice

    I lived at 99 Dervaig street until 1947—my father was John Rice and my mother Catherine my sister is Eileen and my brother was Terence—-we had a shop( tobacconist and confectioners ) at 296 Westmuir street—-my father worked at Beardmores( the Forge )

    1. David Kilgour

      Hi Maureen, I lived on Salamanca St (1934-1953) just around the corner from Dervaig St. The surname Rice rings a bell but cant place it exactly. Other names I remember on Dervaig St were Lawson, McConnell, Lynch, Tobin, Blain, Ferguson. My father also worked at the Forge.

      1. Maureen Rice

        Dear David, have just seen your post—I cannot say those names ring a bell—-but in Salamanca St. I remember —-Skillen— Brooks—Mc Latchie—Thompson. Mrs.Graham the wee shop on the corner of Dervaig and Salamanca. Parduchie the fish and chip shop on Salamanca and Sannys a wee bacon / egg type shop just facing Mrs. Grahams on Dervaig—– Just remembered wee Sarah Denny—-the Simpsons—-the Flemings—-the Johnsons all lived in Dervaig St. Best wishes Maureen.

      2. Paul Regan

        Hi David,

        My father’s family resided on Salamanca Street during the time you were there. James Regan. Jim and his brother John were called up in 1941 and served in ww2 until comp!etion. He always mentioned the Hare and Hound pub, that was his local.
        Best wishes,

        1. John Macdonald

          Hi Paul , any relation to Jim Regan , would be about 20ish in early seventies . Used to drink in Whartons and Charlie .

    2. alex

      Hello Maureen, Just read your post . I worked with an Andy Rice, he was a school janny in St Leonard’s Easterhouse around 70s/80s , he had 7 kids all girls. I’m sure his brother was John Rice also a janitor in St Marys Calton who ran the football team, In the 19/40s Tommy Kelly from Quarryknowe St – where your family’s shop was, met and married Lena Rice, Sadly Lena passed away in the 60s , any connections? Alex.

    3. Caitlin Rush

      Hi there!
      Found out my great great grandfather John Rush was living at 79 Dervaig in 1925 with his wife Elizabeth.
      Her sister Catherine was living on Salamanca during the same time.

  21. Ann conner

    Hi im wondering if anyone has any info on the Storrey family from london rd,parkhead. I lived there from 1975 until 1985 when i moved to Whitburn. I have two sisters katen and christine conner..mother ina conner and father colin conner. Just wonder how they are doing in life. Thanks

    1. Billy Ross

      Hi my mother lived in Buddon st across from celtic park my cousi s also lived there and were friendly with a Brian and Colin Conner also when we moved to east kilbride in 1962 my cousi s would visit and Brian and Colins aunt and uncle ived near us i have not heard fof them foe many many years and dont see much of my cousins who still live in thhe area

  22. Janet Baxter

    My family lived at 237 great Eastern Road from the 1870’s to at least 1920 when the road name was changed what part would 237 be in before that they lived in Yate st any help on this would be greatly appreciated as I cant find the info anywhere
    thank you

    1. Bob Winning

      Hi Janet,
      237 Great Eastern Road would have been about Society Street on that side of the road. Just along from Yate Street.

  23. Jeannie Reoch Johnson

    My grandfather, George McCallum Reoch (1891) grew up in Rutherglen. His father, Robert Reoch was a cook on a steamship and yacht owned by Lipton. My question is who were the Reoch Brothers who started the Parkhead Forge in 1837? I have tried to find their names to no avail.
    Thank you

    1. Bob Winning

      Hi Jeannie,
      We believe the main one was Inglis Reoch (full name – John Inglis Reoch). We have sent you an email with more info.

  24. Tony

    Does anyone remember a café around 1956 run by a guy named Tony who had a Great Dane Dog. It was near Parkhead Stadium?

    1. Thomas McCann

      Hi Tony i think you mean The Sportsmans Cafe on Springfield Road that was run by Tony Cappaldi, Tonys father who owned the shop before him ran it as a chip shop, He was also known as a world class arcordian player,

      1. Joan Phelps nee Dougan

        Tony, had the cafe and the fish and chip shop which was a little further up Springfield Rd.. the Great Dane was called Bruno and would let me ride on his back and take me home……… Janefield St.

  25. James Scott

    I used to live at 1341gallowgate with my granny it overlooked Dunbar St my nickname was FROG back then 1969 my pals that I can remember were gee Mckenzie goats he had one hand smaller than the other drew hodge I went to the 67thbb newlands primary and riverside but left for pastures new but great days were had in parkhead

    1. Thomas McCann

      Hi James (Goats) was Allan Mckillagin who stayed at 9 Whitby st ,i am still in touch with his brother Gordon

  26. John airens

    Just to say part of kinnear still there as before the building of the velodrome it ran from Baltic St. To London rd now it goes from Baltic street to the back of the back of the velodrome at bogside St.

  27. Elizabeth Cash

    dose anyone remember any of the colichans that lived at westmuir st cant remember the number but they lived the close next to Galls Wool Shop At That Time i was brought up in Sorby Street this was around 1955 i remember Hillys the sweet shop next to Galls Wool Shop i was about 12 then or the taylors at southbank street think was number 6 or the wards Tony later became a priest at st mungoes in springburn think thats where it was

  28. Tim Stewart

    Does anyone know anything about the Mary Bell family who lived at 58 Dervaig Street in 1929. Her daughter was Elizabeth who married Thomas Stewart son of Alexander Stewart and Maggie Kane also of Parkhead. Would there be any pictures of the street at that time?

  29. Bob Porteous

    I lived at 3 Malcolm Street. I heard a story that Whitby Street was renamed in honour of people who died in a zeppelin raid in WW1. The raid was intended for Parkhead Forge but couldn’t make it because of bad weather and dropped it’s bombs on Whitby.

  30. John Danielewski

    Does anyone know how Malcolm Street (formerly McDougall Street) got its name? It used to run between Springfield Road and Delburn Street.

    1. Annemarie mitchell

      Hi John I seem to recognise your name did you and your family live in the bottom flat at no 18 Malcolm street I lived up that close to years with my gran the was also a family next door to us who had a big black dog .

      1. mccourt

        Hi annmarie…….OUR family Joe, betty, Joe jr, gladys,and baby joyce Jordan lived

        at #19 up until late 1948. Kids Joe and Gladys went to Newlands public school.

      2. Margaret Young

        My Granny lived two up on the right at 18 Malcolm St. She was married to Wm Ritchieson and my sister Rae lived with them. Rae went to Newlands then to Riverside she was born in 1943. My sister Sylvia and I lived in Barlanark and always visited Malcolm St. Pa worked at the Forge too. My uncle Tommy Shepherd was killed in the Royal Marines during WW2. My aunty Peggy and uncle Wully McManus lived on the other side of Malcolm St they had one child Jackie McManus. It is so nice to find this site.. Margaret Young ne. Davis

      3. christine mcnair

        Hi Annemarie, we lived on the ground floor of 17 Malcolm Street up until we left for the new housing scheme at the time of Ruchazie. We left Malcolm Street in 1966. I am positive the McPhee family lived opposite us. I went to St. Michael’s Primary. I have a terrible memory for names but I think I remember brother and sister, Angela and I think, Alan Bailey, and down towards the end of Malcolm Street at the Springfield Road end, there was the McFadyen family. I would be grateful to you or anyone who sees this to enlighten me with memories I’ve lost.

        Hoping to hear from you,
        Many thanks,
        Christine McNair, nee Connor.

        1. Abbie Foster

          Hello Christine

          I was wondering if you might know my grandfather’s family, the McCuskers- Annie and Jeremiah. My granddad was named Gerald. I have just found out they lived at number 15 and thought you might know them?

          Kind regards
          Abbie Foster

  31. George Mackenzie

    Takes me back.I stayed in Dervaig Street and E Wellington St from 1966 to 1973 I went to Newlands School and Riverside.

  32. Chris

    Does anyone remember the Coyle family who lived at 23 Croydon Street in Parkhead from the 1930’s-1950’s ? Four daughters…Betty,Martha,Margaret,&Jeanette

      1. Chris

        Hi Steven, Left the message 2 years ago. Just wondered if there was still anybody around from those days who would still remember the family. I am Betty’s daughter, Christine. Have two cousins named Steven. Are you one of them ?

        1. Stephen

          Hi Christine,

          Just saw your message from 2016. Yes Im Jeanette’s youngest. Ive been doing family tree research for a few years and recently started more in depth on the Coyle family. At the time of writing this post, I have not come across anyone living who remembers the Coyles :-( I’m always on the lookout for old photos and stories.

  33. Irene Britz

    I am looking for any information on 15 or 18 Mackinfauld Mansions, Tollcross, east of Great Eastern Rd. (I believe) My grandfather James Ferris lived there when he married my grandmother Catherine (McGuire) in 1902. I am not too familiar with Scotland and want to learn as much as I can about where they lived, etc. Thanks.

  34. Henry Machon

    Hi, firstly just stumbled onto this sitebysurfing the net, may I say what a fantastic and very informative site this is. I am researching my familytree & must say it has been helpful with the bygone years and now vanishing streets of the area. What I would like to add is this! Was Great Eastern rd., not part of Parkhead ie. of Tollcrossrd. Keep up the good work on a great site.

  35. connie mc cue

    i was born 106 quarryknowe street and love hear from anyone who remembers me or my family .great site just learning to use this thing .

    1. Ian McLaughlin

      Hi Connie

      I remember a family called McCue mick and jim I lived in dalton st and Caroline st in the 1960s and went to st marks

      1. Amy

        Does any one know the name Mcdevitt that stayd in 50 Dalton st or 41 Edenwood st 1940 to1980 they had 5 of a family

        1. alex

          Hello Amy , I remember a Ricky McDevitt , I think he was related to the McGrain’s in Quarryknowe St. Ricky would be around 70 now..

      2. Albert McCartney

        yea we lived in caroline st, the MCartneys jim william lana and me albert

        went to st marks primary and secondary

      3. Tricia Martin

        Dan McCue bottom right 106.
        I lived at 86, parents Molly Jardine, Chic Steel, brother Charlie, sister Ann.
        A brilliant place to grow up!

    2. john duncan

      Hi Connie
      Just came across this site
      My name is john duncan and was brought up mainly in 106 quarryknowe st in the 60s and 70s
      One of my mates Joe Mc cue had a granda at the foot of the close called old dan
      My granny and granda the wallaces stayed in the top flat
      I remember going on holiday with joe and his family to Rothesay
      Good old days

      1. alex

        Hello John, I remember your name, but not your face, you would’v bin one of the younger mob waiting to take over as our generation started their first jobs. You were only 2 closes along from us [86] . I’m sure your Granda Wallace had a big black and white Collie dug called Glen, it used to leather our wee sandy cross every time they met o’r the hull, nae doggy bags then.. Sadly to this day I’m sure everyone who lived around Quarryknowe St in the 50/60s will remember JIM WALLACE. . Alex.

        1. Tricia Martin

          The most heartbreaking incident in our childhood, was the death of Jim due to leukaemia, I remember a night held in Annie Black’s hall, to raise money, and I remember the tributes placed in Dan McCue’s garden.
          Sad times.

    3. alex

      Hello Connie. i don’t remember you, think I’m a bit older ,but i remember The McCue’s. Granda Dan was not to be messed with, always chasing us from the back-court with cry’s of .GET O’R THE HULL WI RAT B’A OR A’L PUT A KNIFE IN IT. Bit like that myself now. Surprising as his grandsons Mick, Joe? and Wee Jim [Bimbo] were good fitba players, Jim was better than good, and walked into the Marks school team. Not sure but I think Jim moved to Crail St. The Quarr’ies and the Crail’ies ,thats another story. Was like The Hillies and The Billies . I was brought up at 86 Quarryknowe St 48 to mid 60s. Great place ,great people, fantastic memories. Alex

    4. Jack O' Hara

      Hi Connie I remember Mick and his pal Mick McGoldrick I used to see them up the Snooker Hall Allen’s on Tollcross Road in the 1960. from what I remember he was a good guy they were a few years older than me. I stayed at 80 Caroline Street with my Granny.

  36. james williamson

    Worked in East End many years ago and used to pass Williamson St and wondered where the name came from.Do you have any info on the origin of this name?

  37. lynne martin

    Dalton Street, was and still is the first street on the left off caroline street. Stayed in no 41 from mid eighties until they demolished the buildings in 04.

  38. colin black

    My brother put me onto this great site, I don’t see Fielden street in the list, I started my first job in John Brown ( meat market) when I was 15. Just up from Brown’s was the box company, it’s amazing how much industry was all around Parkhead and brigton.

  39. Fiona McIlduff

    Have just found this site and found it extremely interesting. My dad was born in 1928 and lived at 176 Quarryknowe Street and went to Quarrybrae school. My dad will be fascinated to look at all the old photos and I’m sure will have lots of fond memories of when he lived here. We have encouraged him to jot down things he can remember from his childhood and so many of the street names and places on this site are very familiar to me now.

  40. andy mcinnes

    peter great piece of research there mate great to read up on the old streets of camlachie/barrowfield where i had many a great time.
    keep up the good work ,catch you soon

  41. david mcgowan

    Correction on my previous note.
    It was Crail Street Iwas thinking of not wellshot road.
    If I remember correctly you could get into Tollcross Park from Crail Street.

    1. Bob Winning

      Hi David,
      Crail Street runs between Westmuir Street and Tollcross Road. If you wanted to get into Tollcross Park from Crail Street, you would have to go up Quarrybrae Street and cross Muiryfauld Drive to get into the park.
      You can access the park from Wellshot Road though.

  42. david mcgowan

    Stirs up a lot of memories of over 50 years ago.
    There are a number of streets not mentioned although may not be strictly Parkhead. These include Wellshot Road and Mackinfauld Road where I believe my mother was born.

  43. Douglas Gray

    Fantastic, I come from the Gray stock that resided in Dervaig street (formerly known as Gray Street.
    My Father was Peter McCarron Gray Senior, son of Allen Gray and Agnes (McCarron ) Gray 64 Dervaig st, brother of Allan Mcleod Gray, Jim Gray, Mary Gray and Elizabeth Gray. East Wellington st with it’s cobbled Roman road, My Dad Peter Gray and his brothers refreshed themselves in the Palace bar whilst Granda Gray (Alan) and his brothers Jimmy and Bertie frequented the Hare and Hounds, both of which I visited mid sixties on our way to Ibrox, our Bus (double decker left from Burgher St every home game.

    My Granny Agnes Gray worked in the coffin Bar Whitevale st and her Mother my great Granny McCarron resided on the top floor in the first close from Duke St in Aitken Street, My Mum and I visited her regularly pre-school days and she always gave me a penny from her gas Jar. Anytime I am Home for that is what Glasgow is and will always be, I / we visit the same streets Aitken st, Maukinfauld rd, Tollcross rd ,Denistoun Duke St Magic…. I belong to Glasgow!!!

  44. Alan Henderson

    Brilliant site . Great viewing all the material.My family hail from Duke Street up near the middle but this has fascinated me.

    The best square mile in Britain.

  45. david mcgowan

    I am pretty sure that the Watson building on the corner of Westmuir and Duke Streets was the site of what I knew 60 years ago as the “High Back”. There was restricted access to the Courtyard, presumably occupants only.

  46. david mcgowan

    to pwm437
    I lived on Duke St. when the tramcar could get held up by a train going across the street between the 2 parts of the Forge.
    Accordingly I think of Beardmore’s as being the Forge.
    You are correct it was Dunbar Street not Dunlop Street.

  47. david g mcgowan

    To pwm437
    Thanks for your help.
    Using Scotland’s People, I have tracked down the birth of William Hart in 1820.
    It seems highly probable that Alexander Hart was directly related to my mother.
    I know that Dansken & Fletcher were our factors when I lived at 1331 Duke Street.

  48. pwm437 Post author

    Hi David, at a quick look, Hart Street shows in the GPO Directory in 1860. The 1913 valuation roll shows that nos 1 to 3 Hart Street was owned at that time by Alexander Hart, who lived at 299 Westmuir Street. He appears to have used Dansken & Fletcher to factor the properties.

  49. david g mcgowan

    Does anyone know when Hart Street began? My mother’s maiden name was Hart. Her father was a carter as was several of his ancestors.

    1. Carolyn Hart Taylor

      Hi David, my dad’s name was James Hart Taylor born 1923, , Hart surname running through the family tree I remember there were quite a few Harts including Izabella Hart and I think there was a William Hart, but I’ll check that. My family lived in Westmuir, Govan, Shettleson Parkhead.
      I would like to ask if anyone remembers the Taylor Family, James , John, Catherine, Andrew, Bobby, Margaret, and Betty …their dad was Robert Taylor and mum was Euphemia Taylor ( maiden name Dunlop). Dad was known as Jimmy Taylor
      Also wondered if anyone remembers a Janet Walker Taylor born 1923 (not related)
      Would be great if anyone has photos to share
      I remember great times spent in Glasgow as a child , remember a big advert for Black Cat
      on a building.
      Thanks for any help

  50. david g mcgowan

    Dunlop Street existed when I was a kid. Your wording suggests it disapeared when the Forge Works was built, when it was lost at the building of the Shopping Centre.

    1. pwm437 Post author

      Hi David, I’ve edited the entry to read ‘Forge Shopping Centre to avoid any misunderstanding’. I personally refer to the shopping centre as ‘The Forge’, whereas I would always call the industrial complex as Parkhead Forge or Beardmore’s. I’m assuming you mean Dunbar Street not Dunlop Street.

      I hope this clears matters up. Thanks for your post

  51. Adam reid

    Love the site brought back some great memories used to live at 1305 the Gallowgate nearly above the reekie linn my granda drank in the black bull and my granny would
    shout out across to him from the tenement across the road when his dinner was ready keep the good work up

    1. george wilson

      Hi Adam

      Lived my first 6 months at 1305 in 1960, before we were moved all the way to 1267 Gallowgate!

  52. davy johnstone

    Hi Peter, just seen the scrivener nom de plume from the keelies.
    First time on here. Hope you’re keeping well.

    1. Colin Bennett

      Hi David
      Just saw your post,hope your well and doing good,do you ever here from any of our old mates.

  53. Gladys Winning Anderson

    Winning Row, according to my research, was named because that is where the Winning’s lived. There was no particular Winning it was called after. The first Henry Winning, Mineral Borer, was not the first landowner in that area there were a number of Winning landowners prior to him.

    1. pwm437 Post author

      Hi Gladys, thanks for your comment. Can you confirm the source of your research to enable me to ammend the entry as appropriate. Regards. Peter

  54. norman mcnamee

    Hi Peter, that information will be of use to those who are looking for long lost streets
    Keep up the good work

  55. pwm437 Post author

    Thanks Thomas. I’m writing it alphabetically and haven’t got to the letter S yet. However, thanks for your comments, I’ll include what I can

  56. Thomas Bell

    Seeing all these streets brings back memories to me but SALAMANCA STREET is not listed.
    Salamanca Street was quite a Long street and ran from Duke street all the way to Winning Row and Westmuir Street.
    At the Duke street end was the Palace Bar Public House. Two Shops ,one a Bakery type shop the other a Papershop. on the other side was Grahams .this shop sold papers and lots of other items. Further along was St,Michaels Catholic Church and St,Michaels Primary School. The Street was about three quarters of a mile long..

    1. Thomas Bell

      Yes. Bob Winning you are right.. Salamanca Street finished at St.Michaels Church.. Do you have any Very Old pictures of that area around the School and the church.. Or any of Salamanca Street itself.. I left there in 1954. So any prior to that would be great.. Thanks.

      1. Bob Winning

        Hi Thomas,
        We don’t have any pictures, modern or old of Salamanca Street but we are always on the look out for old photos of any area around Parkhead and if we find any of Salamanca Street we will certainly post them on the site copyright permitting.
        If you or anyone else has any old photos of Parkhead or the surrounding areas we would be delighted if you would share them with us and everybody else out there with an interest in Parkhead and the surrounding areas.

      2. Sonia Turley

        My mother was born Dec 1928 (nee Elizabeth Hutchinson) at 12 Salamanca Street, brothers Edward, Daniel, Anthony, Charles and sisters Margaret and Patricia, sadly all but her now passed, she is in the grip of dementia and presently living back there in her mind.

    1. pwm437 Post author

      Hi Bobby, yes Glasgow has both the longest road and longest street in Britain, and both running through the east end.


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