Tollcross, Glasgow

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Tollcross
Scottish Gaelic: Toll na Croise
Tollcross is located in Glasgow council area
Tollcross
Tollcross
 Tollcross shown within Glasgow
OS grid reference NS641633
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
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Coordinates: 55°50′37″N 4°10′19″W / 55.8437°N 4.1719°W / 55.8437; -4.1719

Tollcross (Scottish Gaelic: Toll na Croise) is an area north of the River Clyde in Glasgow and has a popular park which is famed for its international rose trials. It lies approximately a mile east of the neighbouring suburb of Parkhead, and just north of Braidfauld and south of Shettleston.

The area was once host to mass employment in the industrial age thanks largely to the large Fullarton steel works. McVitie's biscuit factory is one of the main employers in the area today.

Tollcross road

In 1997 the East End Leisure Centre in Tollcross Park became a feature of the area, having an Olympic-sized swimming pool, which is used by the City of Glasgow Swim Team.

Many residents of Lilybank would consider themselves residents of Tollcross, but they, like the biscuit factory, have been officially placed within the Braidfauld Ward of Glasgow City Council.

Part of the Tollcross area was formerly known as Egypt, and is still marked so on a number of maps. The name is believed to have been derived from a farm that existed at one time in the vicinity, operated by a former soldier who had been stationed in Egypt. The farm, owned by the Gordon family in 1920s before being sold to the Hamilton family is still there today.

The poet William Miller, author of "Wee Willie Winkie", is buried in Tollcross.

In June 2011, pupils from St. Aidan's and St. Joan of Arc School combined into a new school located in Tollcross Avenue. They voted to call the new school Cardinal Winning, after Thomas Winning, the late Archbishop of Glasgow who died in 2001. The new school opened on 21 June 2011.