New Stevenston Welcome sign.
New Stevenston shown within North Lanarkshire
|Area||2.621 km2 (1.012 sq mi)|
|– density||1,567/km2 (4,060/sq mi)|
|OS grid reference|
|Council area||North Lanarkshire|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|UK Parliament||Motherwell and Wishaw|
|Scottish Parliament||Uddingston and Bellshill|
It first formed as part of the parish of Holytown when substantial coal workings were being exploited during the 19th Century. The village prospered and so when the Church of Scotland suffered Disruption in 1843 the new Free Church was constructed in New Stevenston or Wrangholm to serve the mining community. With the decline of coal mining, and the rise of the steel and heavy engineering industries the bulk of the population were employed until the serious industrial decline of the late 20th Century, culminating in the closure of the Ravenscraig steelworks. Employment has shifted towards more diverse occupations and housing development has continued. There has been significant redevelopment since the late 1960s when the bulk of the late 19th century tenement flats were demolished. Ethnic and cultural diversity has broadened and there is now a purpose-built mosque on the site of the former apprentices' training school of the old Stewart's and Lloyd's tube works. The coal mining past is still significant; the area has suffered widespread undermining, which was a serious limit to new construction until relatively recently. The local church has cracked walls, garden depressions and tie bars as evidence for this.
Originally the schools of the village were New Stevenston Public School, originally adjacent to the Free Kirk and then located further W in Clydesdale St. in 1896. It had both primary and junior secondary departments and became New Stevenston Primary School on the introduction of comprehensive education. St Patrick's RC school retained junior secondary status for longer but also became a primary school when sufficient provision of RC high schools for the area was finally made by Strathclyde Region. The two primary schools have a new joint campus on the site of the former St Patrick's buildings on Park St, opposite to the War Memorial, in 2006. The old non-denominational building is, at present, derelict.
The village is served by two primary schools: St.Patrick's Primary School & New Stevenston Primary School which share a joint campus incorporating New Stevenston Library.
Places of worship
St. John Bosco's R.C. Church The church building was opened in 1959, but the original Parish was founded in 1946. Between then and the building of the current church, services were held in a makeshift chapel affectionately called 'the Hut', which stood adjacent to the burn, and 'Garvey's building', at the corner of Shirrel Road. Well remembered priests who served in the Parish in the 1950s and 60s include Fr. McGlynn, Fr. Barry, Dr. Cahill, Fr. O'Regan, Fr. Cordless, Fr. O'Donaghue, Fr. O'Hare, and Fr. Devanney. The first child Baptised in the new church was Bernard Patrick Sweeney of Wrangholm Drive, on 16 January 1959. New Stevenston Methodist Church
Wrangholm Kirk (Church of Scotland). This is the successor to the Free Church built in the 1840s and is the longest continuously worshipping group in the village as well as the oldest place of worship. The congregation share a minister with the neighbouring parish of Holytown and are part of the presbytery of Hamilton . Its longest serving minister was the Rev Alexander Dale (from 1910 to 1944). A plaque in the church commemorates his service and it is rumoured that Dale Drive (on the North side of the Legbrannock Burn) was named in his honour.
New Stevenston Assembly Hall
Lanarkshire Mosque is also on the boundary between New Stevenston and Mossend.
Services and shops
New Stevenston is well supplied with shops and services for a village its size. These include:
Co-operative Store (with ATM outside). This was opened around December 1968 as part of Dalziel Cooperative Society, to replace their original store on Clydesdale Street, near to the Public school. Dalziel cooperative also operated milk vans, a coal van, baker and butcher vans, which came round the streets most days.
Day Today more commonly known as Londis before the name change. This store provides friendly service and prices which compete with supermarkets such as Asda and Tesco.
New Stevenston Community Centre
In addition there is also a Pharmacist, Butcher's, Hairdresser's, Florist, Cafe, Taxi Company and several Public Houses. In the past, there were also shops opposite St. John Bosco's church: The Dairy (Fyfe's?) and McIvor's shops where the monumental sculptor now operates. Also, there was Cochrane's shop at the corner of Jerviston Rd and Woodside St. where there is now a hairdresser's. There was also a John Menzies shop in the railway station.
The village is also accessible by the A723 road, leading to places such as Motherwell and the M8 motorway accessing Glasgow and Edinburgh and linking to the motorway network for easy access to other parts of Scotland.
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