Blackhill, Glasgow

Blackhill, Glasgow

Blackhill is an area of north east Glasgow, Scotland. It was developed as a council housing estate in the 1930s. Most of the new development was designated "Rehousing", the lowest grade of council housing intended for those cleared from Glasgow's 19th century slums, particularly those in the Garngad (now Royston) area. The new buildings were three-storey, slate-roofed tenements built of reconstituted stone. The western side of "Blackhill", near Riddrie, was designated "Intermediate", a grade up from "Rehousing", and housing was of the cottage flat-type with front and rear gardens and a measure of landscaping in the streets. 'Rehousing' areas cost £250 per house to build, while 'Intermediate' areas cost £1000.

Blackhill was built on a country golf course [ [ Glasgow Golf Club history] ] , near the Monkland Canal (with its remarkable Blackhill locks [ [ Gazetteer for Scotland - Monkland Canal] ] ). Many early residents report summers of country rambles, often along the Molendinar Burn - now the only place this historic burn is still visible on the surface - to the loch at Hogganfield. There was (and is) a strong sense of neighbourliness, partly encouraged by the enclosed nature of the site - industry, railways and main roads cutting it off from other districts. It was, however, built close to a gasworks and a distillery, which did not add to the health of the area and, perhaps for this reason, it gained a reputation for being "difficult to let". Nearby is a prison, HM Prison Barlinnie, which may also have encouraged negative evaluations of the area. The area has been comprehensively redeveloped in recent years, with much of its housing stock having been demolished and replaced with improved stock. A recent community survey [ [ "Blackhill View" April '07 edition] ] reported residents' concerns were similar to those in other urban areas:

"In the last issue we reported the findings of a local survey that helped to pinpoint the top 10 priority issues for your neighbourhood – things like road safety, litter and vandalism, dog fouling, dumping and youth disorder all featured strongly."

Notable connections

* Paul John Ferris


External links

* [|The Glasgow Story - Blackhill]

ource and further information

* Damer, Seán. "Last exit to Blackhill : the stigmatization of a Glasgow housing scheme". University of Glasgow, Centre for Housing Research, 1992
* Sparks, Ian. "Working with a community : the Blackhill Project 1972-77" Barkingside/Dr Barnardo's, (1978)

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