Abronhill

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Abronhill is a suburb in the south-eastern quarter of Cumbernauld, a new town in North Lanarkshire, about 15 miles from Glasgow, Scotland. The suburb was possibly the last built using the same basic design guidelines employed by the rest of Cumbernauld (e.g. underpasses and bridges to cross roads, etc.). The town has a shopping centre and three primary schools, along with three churches. Until 2014 it also had a non-denominational high school, but this was shut down due to financial reasons. Every street in the older part of the area is named after a tree.

The name Abronhill comes from the 17th century, during the English Civil War, when the area was named Abraham the Hebrew's Hill by the Covenanters. The name gradually corrupted into Abronhill. Until the 60s and 70s, the land that is now Abronhill was occupied by farms such as Whitelees, Glenhead, Low Abronhill and High Abronhill. The area on which Abronhill stands comprised working farms, until they were subsumed by the New Town. The farms had developed from the Fleming estate, the Flemings being the ruling family in the area, living at Cumbernauld Castle, who acquired the area after Robert the Bruce killed the previous laird, Red Comyn.

The local lords and the royalty of Scotland often came to hunt the deer and mysterious wild "white cattle" which roamed in the forest around Cumbernauld. While Mary Queen of Scots was staying on one occasion the roof of the castle hall fell in. She also planted a yew tree at Castlecary.

The original four Abronhill cottages of the area, are from before the new town was built, they were originally built for the workers of the nearby farms, and are situated on the old Slamannan Road (now Broom Road). They can be found close to Cumbernauld Glen, en route to the historical site of interest the Dove cote. The DooCot in informal English was part of the original Flemmings estate and is from the 16th century and has recently received a grant from SWT to be renovated.

Abronhill was used as the filming location for the Bill Forsyth film Gregory's Girl and its sequel Gregory's Two Girls, particularly the now-closed Abronhill High School.

The area around Abronhill is mainly farmland and woodland. Palacerigg Country Park is nearby. A railway and three streams run through this suburb rich in clay. There is also a small shopping centre, but this is falling into disrepair. Abronhill neighbours the small suburban area Whitelees, which is the home of its own primary school and housing estate.

Streets[edit]

  • Almond Road
  • Elm Drive
  • Pine Crescent
  • Pine Road
  • Pine Close
  • Laburnum Road
  • Hornbeam Road
  • Forest Road
  • Blackthorn Road
  • Cedar Road
  • Redwood Road
  • Hazel Road
  • Alder Road
  • Medlar Road
  • Larch Court
  • Larch Place
  • Larch Grove
  • Larch Road
  • Rowan Road
  • Lilac Avenue
  • Hawthorn Road
  • Oak Road
  • Birch Road
  • Gean Court
  • Lime Crescent
  • Spruce Road
  • Ash Road
  • Maple Court
  • Maple Road
  • Chestnut Avenue
  • Chestnut Place
  • Chestnut Court

YAT YAT Fleeto[edit]

The YAT YAT (YAT short for Young Abronhill Team) is a young team located within Abronhill, They have had many battles with other young teams such as GYTO and the CYF. The YAT YAT has always come out on top though, for they kick to kill, and stab for a laugh, as they say.

YAT YAT Diss Lyrics[edit]

"Kick tae kill, stab for a laugh
GYTO'S hiding in their gaff,
Anton mcginley ya fucking bunnet,
ye know the fleeto will always run it
you wee man yer the height of shite
wan kick in the arse ye'll take a flight
slash in the cheek then crack on the jaw
and yer heid put through the wall
try and say we fucking run
we stab each other for fucking fun
and we dont run we fucking walk
yat yat thugs are run amok
cammy pal ye think yer a bear
you'll get kicked right doon the stair
Anton mcginley who are you
i saw ye on the bus and ye didny have a clue

yat yat fleeto"[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ YAT YAT. "The original YAT YAT diss", YouTube, recorded in Abronhill, 15 September 2008. Retrieved on 15 September 2008.