Mansewood

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Mansewood
Scots: Mansewid
Mansewood is located in Glasgow council area
Mansewood
Mansewood
 Mansewood shown within Glasgow
OS grid reference NS559605
Council area Glasgow City Council
Lieutenancy area Glasgow
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLASGOW
Postcode district G43
Dialling code 0141
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Glasgow South
Scottish Parliament Glasgow Cathcart
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Coordinates: 55°48′58″N 4°18′05″W / 55.816192°N 4.301314°W / 55.816192; -4.301314

A view of the junction of Auldhouse Road, Thornliebank Road and Mansewood Road. Mansewood road is the hill with the descending car.

Mansewood (Scots: Mansewid) is a residential district in the Scottish city of Glasgow. It is situated south of the River Clyde and is surrounded by the districts of Hillpark, Pollokshaws and Thornliebank in Glasgow and Giffnock in East Renfrewshire.

Geography[edit]

Mansewood is located on the summit and slopes of a boulder clay Drumlin lying approximately NE to SW and rises approximately 63m (207 feet) above sea level.

Mansewood as depicted in William Roy's Military Survey of Scotland 1747-1755. The Drumlin on which Mansewood is located is shown as the oval shaded area in the lower left. It is bounded by Henry's Croft farm in the South West, the original Eastwood Kirk (now Eastwood Old Cemetery) to the West, Auldhouse to the North and Hillhead House to the North East.

History[edit]

Mansewood was originally Church or 'Glebe' land belonging to nearby Eastwood Parish Church. The name is dervived from 'Manse' (the ministers home) and 'Wood' referring to the trees which grew in the area.

In 1871, the Reverend George Campbell, Minister of Eastwood Parish, submitted an application to feu the land to developers. This was the catalyst for the building of houses.

First houses[edit]

The first houses in Mansewood were constructed from 1880 onwards from blonde sandstone in plots located in the triangle formed by Statute Labour Road (Now Mansewood Road), Bemersyde Avenue and Turnpike Road, leading from Glasgow by Pollokshaws to Stewarton (Now Thornliebank Road). The original residents were employed in a wide variety of trades such as wine merchant, bleach works manager, ship owner, fancy box maker and Minister.

Local history[edit]

The fields on which Hillpark Secondary School now stands were known locally as the 'Kirkie'. Before the school was built, the land was part farmed and grazed as well as being the site of Hillhead house. Hillhead house appears on Roy's map of Scotland, 1747 and stood approximately where the grocers shop is located on Hillpark Drive. Hillhead West lodge house stood approximately at the Mansewood road entrance to the school.

The 'Kirkie' and ruins of Hillhead house were photographed in May 1950 from an RAF aerial reconnaissance plane and can be viewed at http://www.theglasgowstory.com/imageview.php?inum=TGSE00507. The 'Kirkie' is the area of fields in the South West of the photograph. Hillhead house and gardens is on the East of this area.

There was a farm located at what is now the corner of Mansewood Road and Burnfield Road known as Henryscroft Farm. Older residents remember the farmer driving his cows to and from the fields in the morning and evening and seeing the farmer plough his fields by horse.

Local businesses[edit]

The main depot of the Postal Service for the postcodes G43-G46 is based on Burnfield Rd in Mansewood.

There is a Mini car dealership next door, a Morrisons supermarket and several local shops and other businesses along Burnfield Rd.

Past residents[edit]

Famous past residents in the area include Kai Johansen, of Rangers FC, and Scottish Screen Amateur Filmmaker Harry Birrell, as well as Michelle Mone, founder of international lingerie brand, Ultimo.

External links[edit]

History of Mansewood