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Coordinates: 55°51′07″N 4°06′32″W / 55.852°N 4.109°W / 55.852; -04.109

Baillieston
Baillieston is located in Scotland
Baillieston

 Baillieston shown within Scotland
OS grid reference NS6750063499
Council area City of Glasgow
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district G69
Dialling code 0141
Police Strathclyde
Fire Strathclyde
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
List of places: UK • Scotland • • Glasgow

Baillieston is a district of Glasgow, Scotland. It is situated on the north side of the Clyde, in the East End of the city.

It is also the name of Ward 20 of Glasgow City Council. It also appears in the Glasgow Baillieston Constituency (total population 45,895[1]) of the Scottish Parliament, and it forms part of the Glasgow East constituency of the UK Parliament.

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Geographical position

Baillieston is situated west of a major interchange between the M8, M74 and M73 motorways and the A8 trunk road, between the town of Coatbridge, and the neighbouring Glasgow district of Shettleston. There is a railway station as well as the (long filled and disused) Monkland Canal north of the district, at Easterhouse.

Schools

Local schools include the following:

Churches

There are a number of churches in Baillieston, including the original (1833) but disused Baillieston Old Parish Church in Church Street and the new (1974) Baillieston St Andrew's Church in Bredisholm Road (at the corner with Muirhead Road - http://www.standrewsbaillieston.org.uk). There are two Roman Catholic churches, St Francis of Assisi Church in Crown St and St Bridget's in Swinton Road, the latter built by the Pugin company from 1891-93. There is a small Episcopal Church of St John also in Swinton Road, built in 1850. The Mure Memorial Parish Church in Garrowhill was built as part of the garden suburb opened in 1940. There are also two brethren churches. Hope Hall (aka Baillieston Evangelical Church) on Church Street and Gospel Church on Glasgow Road. These two churches merged and now meet in Gospel Church while Hope Hall is mainly used by Coconut Corner Childcare Centre - http://www.coconutcorner.co.uk.

Historic Buildings

  • Calderbank House, was situated on the lands formerly known as Blackyairds above a ravine on the North Calder Water, was an early 19th century house in Baronial Style which burned down in April, 2002.
  • Crosshill parish church in Church Street built in 1833 and though now superseded by the new St.Andrew's church nearby is still standing and surrounded by its graveyard.
  • St Catherine’s House in Swinton Road was the original Mure Memorial Miners' Church built in 1882 and is now a home for the elderly.
  • Rhindmuir House was an 18th Century mansion, demolished in the 1970s.
  • Bredisholm House, built around 1710 by the Muirhead family, was situated on the north bank of the North Calder Water south of present day Bargeddie.
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Other constructions

  • M8 Baillieston Interchange — a gateway to Glasgow constructed in 1977.

Football

Baillieston Juniors was founded in 1919 and played at Station Road until the 1990s when the ground was sold off for housing. The team carried on, and, though they are not currently in business, they may still return to Junior football. Their greatest season was 1979-80, when they won the Scottish Junior Cup, the Glasgow Dryburgh Cup and the McLeod Cup. The star player, Davie Wilson was signed from the Juniors to Glasgow Rangers FC in 1956 and played for Scotland. In 1987, Alan Dinnie left the Juniors to play for Partick Thistle F.C. but was never capped for Scotland.In the same year, Tommy Elliott was transferred from Baillieston Juniors to Partick Thistle.

A Baillieston Thistle team preceded the Juniors in the late 19th and early 20th centuries and won the Scottish Junior Football League twice: in 1893 and 1894. This side also featured a future Rangers and Scotland player, in the form of Willie Reid. Its name is kept alive by the Scottish Amateur Football Association team Baillieston Thistle AFC. The recently formed Baillieston United have just joined the central Scottish welfare fa as of July 2008. Another amateur team, Red Star Baillieston AFC plays at Stepford Edinburgh Road. Glasgow East AFC are another amateur side based in Baillieston who play in the Glasgow Sunday AFL (Amateur Football League).There is a Baillieston Girls Football Club and Baillieston Ladies Football Club, both of whom have supplied players to the national teams.

Transport

Baillieston is served by Baillieston railway station on the Whifflet Line, offering regular services to Glasgow Central. Baillieston is also served by numerous bus routes operated by First Glasgow. Access to the M8 motorway and to the proposed extension of the M74 motorway are nearby.

References

  1. ^ BBC News

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