The road entrance to the Inverewe phase of Deaconsbank from the A727
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Deaconsbank is a district in the Scottish city of Glasgow. It is situated south of the River Clyde. The main feature of the area is an estate of around 639 Private houses built in the late 1970s by Barratt homes. Deaconsbank falls into the Local Government Greater Pollok ward of Glasgow City Council and directly borders on the East Renfrewshire council region which accepts pupils from Deaconsbank into their schools.
Deaconsbank is split into three phases of houses that were built one after the other, with no direct road access between them, only pedestrian footpaths. The first phase to be built was Inverewe off the Nitshill Road A727.
Phase two was Loganswell again off the Nitshill Road it was built adjoining from the Jenny Lind area that was constructed decades previously. The last phase built was Invergarry this time off the Stewarton Road B769. The streets in each phase all share the phase's name as the first part of the street's name for example Loganswell Road, Loganswell Place.
Deaconsbank has for many years had an active residents association, as required by the Title Deeds. The primary purpose of the association is to maintain the "common or amenity ground", which totals about 27 acres in both large and small pieces of largely grassland. That work is undertaken by a gardening contractor, paid for by funds gathered from each owner, annually. It took some years, and a test-case in court, for the legality of that situation to be established beyond doubt. In the early years of the association, there was some campaigning on local issues for residents as well as organized events such as a Christmas Cavalcade, a football tournament for children and a garden competition. All those extra activities have gradually faded away, but could be revived if there were sufficient interest by people willing to take on the responsibility.
Inverewe, named after a location near Loch Ewe (north of Torridon), is the smallest of the three phases. It contains Inverewe Avenue, Inverewe Gardens, Inverewe Place and Inverewe Drive.
Loganswell may have been named after a small hamlet in nearby Renfrewshire, and is the second largest of the three phases. It contains Loganswell Road, Loganswell Gardens, Loganswell Place and Loganswell Drive.
Invergarry, named after a location in Glen Garry (near Loch Oich), is the largest of the three phases. It contains Invergarry Quadrant, Invergarry Drive, Invergarry View, Invergarry Court, Invergarry Place, Invergarry Grove, Invergarry Avenue and Invergarry Gardens.
The name Deaconsbank is taken from the former nearby Deacons Bank Farm beside the Auldhouse burn which flows through what is now the modern day Rouken Glen park. Before housing was constructed in the area that was to bear the name of the farm, the land there was also primarily used for agriculture and both areas were part of the Maxwell family's Pollok Estate. The area was described in the sale documents as "Darnley Park". Paintings of the original Deacons Bank Farm and an area of land which is located between present day Deaconsbank and Jenny Lind titled 'The Clogholes' both hang in Pollok House the ancestral home of the Maxwell family. Both works are watercolours painted in 1830 by an unknown artist working for the Maxwell family and are part of a larger series depicting parts of their vast estate.
During World War II the land beside Deaconsbank and Patterton was used as a prisoner-of-war camp. Specifically, the area of housing called Thistlebank, immediately to the south of Invergarry Drive, and with its main street called Deaconsbank Avenue, shows on maps as having been exactly the site of what may have been an army camp which was then used as a prisoner of war (PoW) camp. (see NLS georeferenced maps) In recent years before the construction of more housing, archaeological evaluation and recording work in connection with the prisoner of war camp took place. It appears to have been the first piece of archaeological work on a PoW camp in Scotland, and camp remains are now in the care of Glasgow City Council who have made provision for the enhancement and maintenance of the objects.
Deaconsbank also is the name of the Golf course adjacent to Invergarry adjoining Rouken glen park.
New adjoining housing developments
In recent years more housing has been built to the south of Invergarry heading toward Newton Mearns these developments are Thistlebank and Mearns Grove. In a nod to the existing housing estate it adjoined, the streets in Thistlebank are named after Deaconsbank.
Railway: Patterton railway station.
First Bus Services to Deaconsbank:
10, 29, 57
- Glasgow City Council Website
- East Renfrewshire Schools
- Greater Pollok page on Deaconsbank residents association
- East Renfrewshire Parks
- The Glasgow Story page on The Clogholes painting (featuring image)
- The Glasgow Story page on an aerial photograph taken in January 1959 by the RAF showing the Deaconsbank/Jenny Lind and surrounding areas.
- The Glasgow Story page on The Deacons Bank Farm painting (featuring image)
- Online Archaeology page on Deaconsbank
- Annual Report of the West of Scotland Archaeology Service 2005/06
- Golf Today page on Deaconsbank course
- Whitecraigs Rugby Club History
- Miller homes page on new housing developments adjoining Deaconsbank