Corkerhill

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Corkerhill
Play park, Corkerhill (geograph 4654092).jpg
Corkerhill is located in Glasgow council area
Corkerhill
Corkerhill
Location within Glasgow
OS grid referenceNS539626
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG52 1
Dialling code0141
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55°50′04″N 4°20′04″W / 55.834443°N 4.334333°W / 55.834443; -4.334333Coordinates: 55°50′04″N 4°20′04″W / 55.834443°N 4.334333°W / 55.834443; -4.334333

Corkerhill is a neighbourhood of Glasgow, Scotland. The area was originally a farm and a few houses to the southwest of the city, with the homes built for workers of the Glasgow and South Western Railway, working at the Corkerhill Depot (opened 1896)[1] engine sheds and sidings are still present, although Corkerhill signal box (originally located to the rear of the houses now facing Mosspark shops) was demolished in the late 1970s.

Corkerhill railway station was built on 1 July 1885 as a staff halt for railway workers, and opened to the public in 1923. It is on the Paisley Canal Line.[1]

In the 1920s, building in the area expanded as far as Mosspark and later Cardonald, making Corkerhill part of the Glasgow conurbation. In the 1950s, Glasgow Corporation (now Glasgow City Council) built Hardridge Road, part of Corkerhill but locally referred to as Hardridge, consisting of terraced and tenement dwellings.

Later in the 1960s, shops were built to address the shortage in the area, with the nearest then being in Cardonald and Pollok. After that (post 1975), 'The Cart' public house was opened as the only one in the immediate area. However the area spiralled into decline (in the mid to late 1980s) until many of the tenements were vandalised and empty and most of the shops were unrented - there was only a chip shop (originally Bruno's then De Marco's, Marshall's, which was taken over by Asians who took on the larger shop), and the Community Council shop.

In 2004, demolition of the tenements began, being replaced with privately owned suburban style housing. This rebirth worked well, with the area still retaining its separate village identity by being bordered by the railway lines, the M77 motorway, Pollok Country Park and Nethercraigs Sports Complex, while still only ten minutes from Glasgow Central on the train and close to two junctions of the motorway - attracting commuters.

Nethercraigs[edit]

Nethercraigs in 2005, a short time after it opened

Nethercraigs lies adjacent to the Corkerhill residential area and is largely occupied by the Nethercraigs Sports Complex,[2] which was formerly the home ground to Glasgow Gaelic football side, Tir Conaill Harps and was later used by the Glasgow Caledonain GAA as their home ground and training pitch.

The sports complex, built at a cost of £3.7 million, was opened in 2005 by Sir Alex Ferguson.[3] It has a 3G astro pitch for 11-a-side football or three 7-a-side pitches, a separate 5-a-side pitch, two hockey pitches, gym, dance studio, running track, grass rugby pitch, three grass 11-a-side football pitches and a skate park. There are also areas for various athletic sports such as shot put and high jump. The 11-a-side, 5-a-side, hockey and rugby pitches are floodlit, as is the running track.

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