Shettleston

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Coordinates: 55°51′00″N 4°10′15″W / 55.850023°N 4.170712°W / 55.850023; -4.170712

Shettleston
Scottish Gaelic: Baile Nighean Sheadna[1]
Scots: Shuttlestoun[2]
Shettleston is located in Glasgow council area
Shettleston
Shettleston
 Shettleston shown within Glasgow
OS grid reference NS642640
Council area Glasgow City Council
Lieutenancy area Glasgow
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLASGOW
Postcode district G32
Dialling code 0141
Police Scottish
Fire Scottish
Ambulance Scottish
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Glasgow East
Scottish Parliament Glasgow Shettleston
List of places
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The Palaceum Bar, Shettleston in 2004.

Shettleston (Scots: Shuttlestoun, Scottish Gaelic: Baile Nighean Sheadna) is a district in the east end of Glasgow in Scotland. Like many of the city's districts, Shettleston was originally a small village on its outer edge. Today Shettleston lies between the neighbouring districts of Parkhead to the west, and Baillieston to the east, and is about 2 and a half miles from the city centre. It incorporates the sub-districts of Greenfield and Sandyhills. The area is well served by public transport, lying on the key A89 road, and has a railway station on the North Clyde Line of the ScotRail local railway network, with a direct link to Queen Street station in Central Glasgow. It once was linked to Hamilton by the North British Railway, but this line has long since been shut.

Famous natives of the area include Cliff Hanley, the lyricist of Scotland's anthem Scotland the Brave, world-renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Ian Jackson, and Charles Wilson, former editor of The Times, Junior Campbell, (musician) with sixties band The Marmalade, (and, composer of the music for Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends), all of whom attended the local school Eastbank Academy. Comedienne Janey Godley wrote about her upbringing in 1960s/70s Shettleston in her autobiography Handstands in the Dark, published in 2005.[3] Sports journalist/football commentator Archie MacPherson and musician Tony Donaldson were brought up in Shettleston. Harvard Financial historian Prof. Niall Ferguson has a familial connection to Shettleston.[4]

Housing in Kenmore Street, Shettleston in 2004.

Shettleston is the only place in the United Kingdom where life expectancy is falling.[5] Reasons for the decline include poor diets and remarkably high smoking rates. Neighbouring Easterhouse does not fare much better.[citation needed] Shettleston F.C. is the local football team. 1089 (7th Glasgow) squadron Air Training Corps and E RHF Beardmore Army Cadet Force are both located on Killin Street.

Shettleston has a number of churches of all denominations, the largest of which is Shettleston Old Parish on Killin Street (Church of Scotland). Shettleston Old is home to a number of community groups, including the 94th Glasgow (1st Shettleston) Company of the Boys' Brigade, founded in 1893. In 2002, Shettleston was badly affected by flash floods.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba - Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland". 
  2. ^ List of railway station names in English, Scots and Gaelic – NewsNetScotland
  3. ^ Handstands in the Dark. Ebury Press/Random House. ISBN 0091900298/ISBN 978-0091900298
  4. ^ The pity of war, Niall Ferguson, Basic Books
  5. ^ Smith, David (2004-03-14). "Observer, 14th March 2004". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2010-05-23. 

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