Arden, Glasgow

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Arden
Scottish Gaelic: Àirdean
Scots: Airden
Arden is located in Glasgow council area
Arden
Arden
 Arden shown within Glasgow
OS grid reference NS540597
Council area Glasgow City Council
Lieutenancy area Glasgow
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLASGOW
Postcode district G46
Dialling code 0141
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Glasgow South West
Scottish Parliament Glasgow Pollok
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Coordinates: 55°48′30″N 4°19′52″W / 55.8084°N 4.3312°W / 55.8084; -4.3312

Arden is the location of a medium-sized housing estate on the very edge of Glasgow, southwest of the city centre.

History[edit]

The S.S.H.A (Scottish Special Housing Association) built the estate between 1953 and 1957, to rehouse families from the old overcrowded inner city tenements. Historically, Arden was a farm and formed part of Sir John Maxwell's land. One of approximately 7 adjoining holdings. Situated on ancient Stewart land, originally granted to Walter Stewart, 6th High Steward of Scotland by Robert the Bruce, upon his marriage to Marjorie Bruce, the King's eldest daughter. Arden is near Thornliebank a village formed on the river to manufacture cloth and a specialized printing of cloth known as beetling. Thornliebank linen was quite famous in the 1800s until the closure of the facility in or around 1920. The building adjoining part of what is now Arden was used as a prisoner of war camp during the second world war. The nearest Railway Station is Kennishead named after another of Sir John's farms.

Arden became very rundown during the 1970s and 80s and grants were made for its refurbishment. It is not quite completed but is much improved. The shopping area containing around six businesses is in immediate need of investment and refurbishment. In 1999 the estate was bought by Glen Oaks Housing Association for a rumoured £6m, but the association has since acknowledged this may have been a rather inflated sum, and they have struggled to make necessary repairs as they are funded only by rents.

Amenities[edit]

Arden boasts the new Ashpark Primary which opened on 2 December 2008 and replaced the former Arden Primary School and Carnwadric Primary School. The second school, St. Louise Primary was merged with the newly rebuilt St. Vincent's Primary in Carnwadric, St. Louise closed in June 2009 and the buildings subsequently demolished. Arden became the first housing scheme to have a public house (The Cuillins) privately built in 1964-5 which then became a brewery pub in 1968.

In popular culture[edit]

Arden was featured in the T.V Programme Colin and Justin on the Estate[1] which looked at their efforts to improve the area. Some of the residents of Arden, and also some former residents were concerned about the slant of the show, and were particularly annoyed by the fact that the producers of the show concentrated their attention on housing units that were scheduled for demolition and not on housing that has seen extensive and successful renovation. Alasdair McKee, Glen Oaks chief executive, concluded however, that the program was a success and "the improvements have helped to convince people that we can make a difference" and contributed to a waiting list of people wanting to get into the estate.[2]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "Colin and Justin on the Estate" (2007) at the Internet Movie Database
  2. ^ Alexander, Lucy (2007-01-26), "The budget makeover", The Times (London)