Croftfoot

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Croftfoot
Croftend Avenue (geograph 5410057).jpg
View of cottage flat homes and footpath at Croftend Avenue, viewed from Croftfoot railway station
Croftfoot is located in Glasgow council area
Croftfoot
Croftfoot
Location within Glasgow
Population5,800 
OS grid referenceNS601601
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG44 5
Dialling code0141
PoliceScotland
FireScottish
AmbulanceScottish
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
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UK
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55°48′50″N 4°14′03″W / 55.8138°N 4.2341°W / 55.8138; -4.2341Coordinates: 55°48′50″N 4°14′03″W / 55.8138°N 4.2341°W / 55.8138; -4.2341

Croftfoot (Scots: Croaftfuit, Scottish Gaelic: Bun a' Chroit)[1] is a residential area on the southeastern side of the Scottish city of Glasgow. It is bordered by Castlemilk to the south and King's Park (both the public park and the residential neighbourhood)[2] to the west within Glasgow, and by the Rutherglen areas of Spittal to the east and Bankhead to the north (across the Cathcart Circle Lines railway). Historically within the civil parish of Cathcart in Renfrewshire,[3] it is within the Linn ward of Glasgow City Council.

Description[edit]

Named after an old steading which was situated at the eastern end of the present day Croftfoot Road, where the Castlemilk Burn now enters a culvert downstream from the site of Castlemilk House,[4][5] Croftfoot's housing stock almost entirely comprises grey-roughcast cottage flats, constructed in the 1930s by MacTaggart & Mickel[6][7][8] and rented out by the Western Heritable Investment Company.[9] The homes went up for sale from the mid-1950s and many have since been upgraded internally and externally. In 2007, hundreds of householders in the area received substantial council tax refunds after it was found that their homes had been incorrectly placed in too high a 'band' for the size and standard of property since the system was introduced 14 years earlier.[10] Among the few exceptions to the predominant housing style are a pair of sandstone workers' cottages located at the southern edge of the King's Park on Croftpark Avenue, dating from the mid-19th century when it was a rural estate.[6]

Amenities[edit]

There is a large Church of Scotland church in the centre of the neighbourhood; built in 1936 and with historic links to congregations in the inner city Gorbals district,[11] it is directly across the road from the local eponymous primary school, a feeder for Kings Park Secondary School. The closest Roman Catholic churches and schools are in the north of Castlemilk (St Bartholomew's) and in Simshill (St Mirins Primary / Christ The King Church). The boundary with Simshill at Carmunnock Road also includes a cluster of shops, a United Free church[12] and Croftfoot Bowling Club (founded in 1954).[13] There is one further church, of the Baptist denomination, on Castlemilk Road near Spittal,[14] sited next to a petrol station and another group of shops, as well as The Croft, the only public house (and restaurant) in the area.[15]

In 2016, the area's recreation fields, which had been bequeathed to the community 'in perpituity' in the 1930s but had been allowed to fall into disrepair over a number of years, were subject to planning applications for new housing.[16] However, vehicular access to the Croftfield Park development, completed in 2019, is via Spittal, and the homes fall under Rutherglen's administration.[17]

View north from the high point of the King's Park Golf Course

Other than King's Park itself, the other green space locally is the former 9-hole golf course (a sector of the public park but actually located separately in Croftfoot) which was notable for being dug into a hillside 20-35° steep in some places. Donated to the city by the Western Heritable Investment Company and established in 1934,[18] it is now closed and used as an area of common ground, with plans to enhance its woodland aspects by planting more trees in conjunction with the completion of flood prevention work in the area[19][20] (however, local residents noted with concern that a number of older trees of high aesthetic value were felled in the course of this work).[21]

Transport[edit]

Pedestrian underpass under railway between the two parts of Castlemilk Road

The area is served by Croftfoot railway station with two trains per hour, and by the 5 (via Carmunnock Road, Croftfoot Road) and 75 (via Menock Road, Castlemilk Road) First Glasgow bus routes from the city centre.[22][23] These wide primary routes were designed to accommodate the city tram network of the era, but the side streets are generally narrow, and with multiple cars in 21st century households and limited off-road driveways, traffic issues are commonplace, exacerbated by commuters parking their vehicles near the station, which has no formal car park.

Croftfoot's location bordering the existing railway but with the only direct access across the tracks being footpaths (Castlemilk Road is a continuation of the road of the same name running through Bankhead / King's Park with an almost identical appearance of housing style, but does not connect other than by a pedestrian underpass) means all vehicles approaching from the north must either travel around Spittal - a detour of 1.6 miles (2.6 km) from Bankhead Road at Croftfoot station - or via Menock Road - a detour of 0.9 miles (1.4 km) from Castlemilk Road at King's Park Avenue - to enter the area.

References[edit]

  1. ^ List of railway station names in English, Scots and Gaelic – NewsNetScotland Archived 22 January 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ King’s Park History, Glasgow City Council
  3. ^ Map of the Parish of Cathcart in the Historical County of Renfrew, Gazetteer for Scotland
  4. ^ Castlemilk, Glasgow: Origins and History, Scotcities
  5. ^ Glasgow, Castlemilk House, Greater Glasgow: An Illustrated Architectural Guide, Sam Small, 2008 (quoted at Canmore)
  6. ^ a b "Kings Park, Glasgow - origins & history". Glasgow's South Side. Retrieved 13 February 2018.
  7. ^ Glasgow, Croftfoot Housing Estate Canmore
  8. ^ Our Heritage, Mactaggart and Mickel
  9. ^ A-Z of Rutherglen Then and Now: Western Heritable Investment Company, Rutherglen Heritage Society, 2018
  10. ^ The £1m Council Tax blunder, Evening Times, 22 November 2007
  11. ^ History, Croftfoot Parish Church
  12. ^ Contact Us, Croftfoot United Free Church
  13. ^ Home, Croftfoot Bowling Club
  14. ^ Find Us, Kings Park Baptist Church
  15. ^ Home, The Croft
  16. ^ Plans for housing development on former Rutherglen/Croftfoot football parks move a step closer, Daily Record, 2 August 2016
  17. ^ Houses are selling fast at Croftfield Park, Daily Record, 13 September 2017, via PressReader
  18. ^ King’s Park Golf Club, Glasgow, Golf's Missing Links
  19. ^ Croftfoot Park SuDS Basin, MGSDP
  20. ^ Golf courses in Glasgow could be reforested in bid to make city greener, The Scotsman, 9 September 2019
  21. ^ King's Park residents hit out at Glasgow City Council for felling 20 trees, Glasgow Live, 2 September 2019
  22. ^ "Frequency Guide" (PDF). First Glasgow. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2020.
  23. ^ "Glasgow Network Map" (PDF). First Glasgow. 1 January 2018. Retrieved 17 January 2020.

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