Calderwood, East Kilbride

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Calderwood is an area of the Scottish new town East Kilbride, in South Lanarkshire. It lies to the north east of the town, and is one of the largest areas of the new town. It is also the second oldest, being built shortly after The Murray. Calderwood is the largest area in East Kilbride with a population of over 15,000.[citation needed]

It is the location of Hunter House Museum, formally the home of the Hunter Brothers, William and John, famous anatomists of the 18th century. The Museum has recently been bought by Calderwood Baptist Church which owns the adjacent land. The Museum has been converted into the 'Hunter House Cafe', as well as a space for the community and church to use.[citation needed]

It is also home to Calderwood glen which runs into Calderglen. In the early 1900s it was one of the best glens in Britain and home to Calderwood Castle which was unfortunately demolished in the 1950s.[citation needed]

Additionally, the area has the John Wrights Sports Centre with a full length athletics track which opened in 1972,[1] the Alison Lea Medical Centre,[2] a Church of Scotland Parish Church, (Moncrieff Parish Church), a library,[3] and a plethora of shops, restaurants and businesses at the Calderwood Square Shopping Precinct.

Residents[edit]

Calderwood has been home to William and Jim Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain and Ally McCoist , Rangers F.C. and Scotland football player, who attended Maxwellton Primary School and the former Hunter High School and is currently manager of Glasgow Rangers FC. Blythe Duff of Taggart fame also lived in Calderwood.[citation needed]

Schools[edit]

Calderwood is home to four primary schools: Long Calderwood Primary, Maxwellton Primary, Hunter Primary and special needs school, Greenburn Primary. Under the South Lanarkshire's Schools Modernisation Programme, these schools will be rebuilt and modernised.[citation needed]

Until the summer of 2007, there was also one secondary school in the area named Hunter High School. However, it merged with the nearby Claremont High School in St Leonards to form Calderglen High School built next to the existing Claremont High campus. Most of the land upon which Hunter High and Hunter Primary stood has been used for a modern housing development.[citation needed]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ South Lanarkshire Leisure: John Wrights Sports Centre, http://www.slleisureandculture.co.uk/info/164/john_wright_sports_centre, 2013
  2. ^ Alison Lea East Kilbride: Alison Lea Medical Centre, http://www.alisonlea.co.uk/, 2011
  3. ^ South Lanarkshire: Calderwood Library, 2012

Coordinates: 55°46′27″N 4°09′47″W / 55.7741°N 4.1630°W / 55.7741; -4.1630