Shettleston is located in Glasgow council area
Location within Glasgow
OS grid referenceNS642640
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  • Glasgow
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG32
Dialling code0141
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55°51′00″N 4°10′15″W / 55.850023°N 4.170712°W / 55.850023; -4.170712

Shettleston (Scots: Shuttlestoun, Scottish Gaelic: Baile Nighean Sheadna) is an area in the east end of Glasgow in Scotland.


The origin of the name 'Shettleston' is not clear and, like many place-names of possibly medieval origin, has had a multitude of spellings. A papal bull of 1179 refers to "villam filie Sedin" - the residence of Sedin's son or daughter.[3] A Gaelic derivation suggests "the daughter of Seadna".[4]


Like several areas of Glasgow, Shettleston was originally a small village on its outer edge, lying within Lanarkshire. Today Shettleston - the heart of a local authority ward of the same name - lies between the neighbouring areas of Parkhead to the west, and Baillieston to the east, and is about 2.5 miles (4.0 km) from the city centre. Informally, it incorporates the neighbourhoods of Budhill, and Greenfield immediately to the north, although they fall within another Scottish Parliament constituency and Glasgow City Council ward; however, the Sandyhills neighbourhood to the south-east has the same administration as Shettleston in all respects. The area is well served by public transport, lying on the A89 road.

The Palaceum Bar, Shettleston in 2004.
Housing in Kenmore Street, Shettleston in 2004.

Shettleston railway station on the North Clyde line of the ScotRail local railway network provides a direct link to Glasgow Queen Street. It once was linked to Hamilton by the North British Railway, but this line has long since been closed.

In the late 1970s into the mid 1980s, Shettleston, like many other districts in the East End, benefited greatly from the Glasgow Eastern Area Renewal (GEAR) initiative, and much regeneration took place during this period. The area's housing stock was substantially upgraded with tenements being sandblasted and internally refurbished, and coal fires were replaced with gas central heating. There was also support for small business with a new industrial estate on Annick Street in 1980. Landscaped areas were created on sites where derelict housing and industrial buildings that were beyond repair had been demolished. GEAR also saw several of Shettleston's major public buildings replaced with new structures - a new police station in 1983, whilst several medical and dental practices were brought under one roof in a new medical centre in 1985. Early 1986 saw the opening of the long awaited new building for Eastbank Academy.

In the early years of the 21st century, Shettleston was identified as the only place in the United Kingdom where life expectancy was falling.[5] The reasons for the decline included poor diet and remarkably high smoking rates; neighbouring Easterhouse does not fare much better.

Shettleston was badly affected by the 2002 Glasgow floods.[6][7]


Shettleston contains three non-denominational schools; Eastbank Academy, founded in 1894 serves as the area's main secondary school, and was rebuilt in the mid 1980s and then expanded in the early 2000s. Two of its feeder primary schools, namely Eastbank Primary School (originally part of Eastbank Academy, but became fully independent in 1968), and Wellshot Primary School - lie within its notional boundaries. St Paul's RC Primary School is also located in the nearby Sandyhills area. The John Wheatley College originally existed in the area from 1989 to 2007 (in the former Eastbank Academy buildings), before it moved to its present site in Haghill.

Now defunct schools in the area include Shettleston Nursery on Old Shettleston Road, and St Mark's (RC) Primary School.


Shettleston has a number of churches of all denominations, St Paul's (RC), Shettleston Baptist Church, St Serf's Episcopal Church, Shettleston Trinity Church, Shettleston New Church of Scotland (formerly Eastbank Parish Church), Romanian Orthodox Church in Shettleston Old Parish Church Halls, the Shettleston Old Church Halls was home to a number of community groups, including the 94th Glasgow (1st Shettleston) Company of the Boys' Brigade, founded in 1893. The church closed and parishioners were amalgamated with the Church of Scotland in Tollcross, due to building falling into disrepair in 2016 and as of 2017, is currently up for sale. In 2018 the 94th Glasgow Boys' Brigade moved base to Shettleston New Church near Aldi and Tesco on Old Shettleston Road/Annick Street. St Barnabas RC Church in Darleith St, Shettleston am sure is still an active Church.


Glasgow United (formerly Shettleston Juniors) is the local football club, having been founded in 1903 and play in the West of Scotland Football League Conference B.

Military cadet associations

Both units have their headquarters in Killin Street, Shettleston.[8][9]

Notable people

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  6. ^ Remembering Glasgow’s floods of 2002, The Scotsman, 11 January 2016
  7. ^ "Floods cost into 'millions'". BBC News. 1 August 2002.
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  11. ^ Handstands in the Dark. Ebury Press/Random House. ISBN 978-0091900298
  12. ^ 'No Mean Soldier', by Peter McAleese. (Pub. Orion, 1993).
  13. ^ A Game of Two Halves: The Autobiography: Archie Macpherson: Books. 8 October 2009. ASIN 1845022793.
  14. ^ 'War Is Hell, but It Pays Off for MacLean', Alistair Johnstone, 'Los Angeles Times', 17 December 1972, P.1
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