Parkhouse
Houses on Parkmanor Avenue
Parkhouse is located in Glasgow council area
Parkhouse
Parkhouse
Location within Glasgow
OS grid referenceNS522593
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGlasgow
Postcode districtG53 7
Dialling code0141
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Scottish Parliament
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55°48′17″N 4°21′30″W / 55.804685°N 4.358321°W / 55.804685; -4.358321

Parkhouse is a residential neighbourhood of Glasgow, Scotland close to the border with East Renfrewshire.[1] It is located on the south-western edge of the city, close to the towns of Barrhead and Newton Mearns in East Renfrewshire. Within the G53 postcode area and the Greater Pollok ward of the Glasgow City Council administration, the eastern cluster of private housing was constructed in the 1980s (branching off Craigflower Road) and the western part in the 2010s, prior to which it was open farmland annexed to Glasgow in 1938.[2]

It is one of two places in Glasgow called Parkhouse, the other being an older housing development near Milton in the far north of the city. However, they are rarely confused as neither is particularly well known outside local circles, and wider discussions of issues affecting the neighbourhoods take place under the names of their wider wards or constituencies.

Location and history

Parkhouse forms part of the edge of the Glasgow urban area, occupying an area of land to the south of Parkhouse Road (B773), a main route running east–west between southern Glasgow and the town of Barrhead in East Renfrewshire which lies about 1 mile (2 km) to the west. Named after the long-established Parkhouse Farm, which still stands beside the western end of its Glasgow portion, the thoroughfare becomes Darnley Road once in East Renfrewshire.

Parkhouse was extended in the 2010s to become a sizeable private housing development to the southwest of South Nitshill and 1¼ miles (2 km) east northeast of Barrhead. The street names are all prefixed with 'Park' - Parkdale, Parkholm, Parkmanor and Parkmeadow.[3]

During World War II, an Anti-aircraft battery was set up on open land which roughly corresponds to Langford Drive;[4][5] no traces of this facility survive.[6] At the eastern end of the main road (the junction with the major A726 Nitshill Road) is the historic 'category B' Listed Darnley Mill[7][8] which has been converted into a restaurant.[9] Beyond that lies the Darnley district, comprising a residential area with community facilities, a small park and an industrial estate.

Parkhouse is bounded to its south and east by the Dams to Darnley Country Park,[10] with several pedestrian access points to park footpaths within the neighbourhood streets.

The Brock Burn flowing hrough the Darnley Mill Park

The park's eastern section, Darnley Mill Park, is formed by a glen through which the Brock Burn flows and was once the location of a lime works[11] which processed stone from nearby quarries (all long since closed).[12] On the other side of the park is Southpark Village, a neighbourhood of similar size and character to Parkhouse, but which adjoins a retail park including the first full-service supermarket in Scotland by the Sainsbury's company (opened 1992)[13] as well as a large B&Q.

Transport

A major reason for the area's development into a car-friendly commuter suburb was the proximity of the M77 motorway between Glasgow and Ayrshire, Junction 3 of which is only 0.6 miles (1 km) from the junction of Parkhouse Road and Nitshill Road.

There are several rail links in close proximity to the area. Barrhead station provides services to East Renfrewshire and Ayrshire. For travel to Glasgow the nearest railway station for most residents is Nitshill, with Priesthill & Darnley on the same Glasgow South Western Line also fairly close.

The frequent[14] '57' bus service operated by First Glasgow passes along Nitshill Road, providing access to Glasgow City Centre in one direction and the Silverburn Shopping Centre in the other;[15] McGill's Bus Services operate an hourly service between Neilston and East Kilbride via Parkhouse Road.[16]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Parkhouse from The Gazetteer for Scotland". www.scottish-places.info. Retrieved 11 October 2022.
  2. ^ "Nitshill and Arden". The Glasgow Story. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  3. ^ "Parkhouse from The Gazetteer for Scotland". www.scottish-places.info. Retrieved 11 October 2022.
  4. ^ "AA Battery Nitshill". Secret Scotland. 12 November 2008. Retrieved 11 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Ordnance Survey 1:1,250 1944-1967". Explore georeferenced maps. National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  6. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "South Nitshill, Corselet Wood, Darnley (107530)". Canmore. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  7. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Glasgow, 500 Corselet Road, Darnley Mill (43884)". Canmore. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Darnley Mill". Dams to Darnley Country Park. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  9. ^ "Darnley". Cook and Indi's World Buffet. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  10. ^ "About the country park". Dams to Darnley Country Park. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  11. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "Glasgow, Corslet Road, Arden Limeworks (184405)". Canmore. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  12. ^ "Mining, quarrying and the landfill legacy". Dams to Darnley Country Park. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  13. ^ "Tesco faces squeeze as rivals target Scots". Ian Fraser. 9 August 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  14. ^ "Frequency Guide" (PDF). First Glasgow. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Glasgow Network Map" (PDF). First Glasgow. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.
  16. ^ "Renfrewshire Bus Network" (PDF). McGill's Bus Services. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 10 July 2018.