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Four-storey tenement flats on Garvel Road showing original 1950s appearance, 2010 (since renovated)
Barlanark is located in Glasgow council area
Location within the Glasgow City council area
Barlanark is located in Scotland
Location within Scotland
Population3,800 [1]
OS grid referenceNS663646
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG33 4
Dialling code0141
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°51′21″N 4°08′15″W / 55.8559°N 4.1375°W / 55.8559; -4.1375

Barlanark (/ˌbɑːrˈlɑːnərk/ bar-LAH-nərk[2]) is a district in Glasgow. It is situated east of Budhill, Shettleston and Springboig, north west of Baillieston, west of Springhill and Swinton and south of Easthall, Easterhouse and Wellhouse.[3]


The name Barlanark is an apparently hybrid Gaelic-Brythonic name suggesting the hill at the clearing from the Gaelic bàrr and Brythonic lanerc meaning "clearing".[4] The first element may represent a Gaelicisation of Brythonic *baɣeδ, 'boar' (Welsh baedd).[5]


View looking south over Barlanark from Wellhouse, 2007

Barlanark housing scheme was developed in response to the city's grave post-war housing needs: In 1952/53 over 2,300 3- and 4-bedroom apartments were constructed and rented out to 'Corporation' tenants. There were also 5-apartment semi-detached houses, and 3-apartment terraced houses built, next to the Estate of Barlanark House,[6][7] which was constructed by David Hamilton in 1822, demolished in 1954 (a playpark now stands on the site).[8]

Community Development

The Calvay Centre opened in 2007, replacing the block of flats and shopping area. The centre has a 12-place IT Suite as part of the John Wheatley Learning Network,[9] a 24-place nursery operated by Glasgow East Regeneration Agency, and a family centre operated by Quarriers. The centre is used to provide services for the local community and to offer meeting spaces for local groups and organisations including a church.[1]

The social housing stock in the area is managed by two housing associations, Calvay covering the northern neighbourhood[10][11] and Gardeen covering the south.[12] Both clusters contain renovated tenements and modern housing and have their own local shops and community facility. A development of private housing, Earlybraes was added in the late 2010s,[13] located between two cemeteries, the municipally-owned Sandymount (which includes Muslim and Jewish sections)[14] and the Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society's dedicated Glenduffhill facility.[15]

In 2016, Glasgow City Council outlined masterplans for the development of the Greater Easterhouse area (including Barlanark) over the next 20 years.[16][17]

Notable natives


  1. ^ a b Where we are, Hope Community Church Barlanark
  2. ^ "New Churches In Scotland's Communities". YouTube. 21 June 2018. Retrieved 1 October 2022.
  3. ^ Neighbourhood profiles: Springboig and Barlanark, Understanding Glasgow, 2012
  4. ^ "Scottish Parliament placenames index" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 23 September 2011.
  5. ^ James, Alan. "A Guide to the Place-Name Evidence" (PDF). SPNS - The Brittonic Language in the Old North. Archived from the original (PDF) on 13 August 2017. Retrieved 25 November 2018.
  6. ^ "The old country houses of the old Glasgow gentry : VIII. Barlanark". Retrieved 21 August 2017.
  7. ^ "Barlanark House". The Glasgow Story. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Ordnance Survey 6 inch, 1892-1914". Explore georeferenced maps. National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 10 November 2018.
  9. ^ "John Wheatley Learning Network".
  10. ^ About Us, Calvay Housing Association
  11. ^ Plans to build 37 new affordable homes in Barlanark, Glasgow Live, 9 December 2019
  12. ^ About Gardeen, Gardeen Housing Association
  13. ^ Earlybraes Development Barlanark, Keepmoat Homes
  14. ^ Sandymount Cemetery Plan, Glasgow's Family History / Glasgow City Council
  15. ^ History and Objectives of the Society, Glasgow Hebrew Burial Society
  16. ^ "Easterhouse the latest Glasgow district to be transformed". The Scotsman. 28 September 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Council report outlines exciting vision of the future transformation of Easterhouse". Glasgow City Council. 27 September 2016. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  18. ^ Stephen Dobbie reveals secret behind incredible stats which make Queen of the South star Europe's top marksman, Daily Record, 5 October 2018
  19. ^ "Graham Dorrans: West Brom teammates give me stick for winning eight awards but gong from them means the most". Daily Record. 20 May 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2018.
  20. ^ "Appreciation: Junior Campbell remembers fellow Marmalade member Pat Fairley". The Scotsman. 27 August 2020. Retrieved 14 September 2022.