Coordinates: 55°55′08″N 3°54′43″W / 55.919°N 3.912°W / 55.919; -3.912

Upperton Farm
Upperton Farm

Upperton is a village in North Lanarkshire, Scotland, near Airdrie and Cumbernauld, about 20 miles (32 km) north-east of Glasgow. It lies close to the B803 between Greengairs and Slamannan. Other nearby roads include Hulks Road towards the A73, Fannyside Road to Abronhill and the road to Caldercruix via Longriggend. The Avon Water flows through the village and meets the Shielhill Burn, a tributary of the River Avon, just outside the village. William Forrest's 1816 map of Lanarkshire shows the site as Upper Town.[1] The Ordnance Survey map sites "Uppertown" on Shiel Hill.

Longriggend Fever Hospital and Remand Institution

Looking towards former Prison
Looking towards former Prison

Upperton was formerly a part the neighbouring village of Longriggend and a tuberculosis sanitorium was built in the village.[2] The hospital was converted into Longriggend Remand Institution which has now been closed[3] and demolished.[4]

Today's Village

Maintenance disputes between the Scottish Prison Service and North Lanarkshire Council have left residents angry about the neglect of the infrastructure around the 80 or so houses and flats built in the 1960s to house prison staff.[5] A dilapidated Upperton flat made the BBC news as it was listed in an online auction for £1 although it eventually sold for £20,000.[6]

Wind farm

Wind turbine at Greendykeside, near Upperton
Wind turbine at Greendykeside, near Upperton

The construction of a 9 turbine wind farm is currently underway on the outskirts of the village at Greendykeside, near Longriggend. At present, 2 wind turbines have been erected.

Transportation

Upperton has a bus connection with Airdrie.

References

  1. ^ "William Forrest's map of Lanarkshire". NLS. Retrieved 27 January 2018.
  2. ^ "25 inch O.S. map with Open Street Map overlay". National Library of Scotland. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  3. ^ "High-security prison opens its doors to Hollywood". The Scotsman. 13 June 2004. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  4. ^ Tonner, Judith (29 July 2009). "Developer plans 240 houses for Upperton". Daily Record. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  5. ^ Tonner, Judith (21 November 2013). "Upperton residents' frustration over maintenance". Daily Record. Retrieved 30 December 2015.
  6. ^ "Upperton flat priced at £1 bought for £20,000". BBC news. 19 May 2016. Retrieved 4 January 2018.