Nerston, South Lanarkshire

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55°47′06″N 4°09′57″W / 55.785°N 4.165833°W / 55.785; -4.165833Coordinates: 55°47′06″N 4°09′57″W / 55.785°N 4.165833°W / 55.785; -4.165833

Nerston (a contraction for North-East-toun)[1] is a village situated on the northern green-belt boundary of the new town of East Kilbride.


Robert Wiseman Dairies[edit]

The headquarters of Robert Wiseman Dairies - now renamed Müller Wiseman Dairies - has been based in the village since 1959, housed in a former farmhouse and piggery, the original farm and dairy premises founded in 1947 at Murray Farm having been redeveloped by the East Kilbride Development Corporation.[2]

Nerston Residential School[edit]

Nerston Residential School was established in 1940 by Glasgow Corporation as the Nerston Residential Child Guidance Clinic, using houses previously purchased by the Glasgow United Evangelist Association in 1898 for use of the Glasgow Fresh Air Fortnight Committee holiday camps for Glasgow children. The school eventually closed in 2010 as a result of a cost-cutting excerise, the remaining primary children being merged with pupils at Greenwood School and relocated to the former Hampden School premises in Glasgow.[3] The abandoned school buildings were completely demolished in March 2014 to make way for a collection of 19, 4&5 bedroom houses[4] to be built on the site for Cala Homes. Building commenced late in the Summer of 2016 with expected completion early in 2017.[5]

Modern development now encroaches the village: J Sainsbury at Kingsgate Retail Park, constructed on the former lands of West Nerston Farm during the 1990s.

Kingsgate Retail Park[edit]

Immediately to the west of Nerston is Kingsgate Retail Park, first opened in 1995. It grew in popularity when parking charges were introduced for car parks at the town centre. Its location on the A749 road (and bus route) from East Kilbride to Rutherglen and Glasgow also attracts customers from these areas as well as within the town, and is popular for East Kilbride-based commuters returning by car from work in Glasgow who visit the shops on their way home. A second phase of development was undertaken some years after the initial project with additional retail space being constructed to the south of the existing site.

East Kilbride Golf Club[edit]

The East Kilbride Golf Club, founded in 1900, was relocated to Nerston in the late 1960s due to the on-going expansion of the new town, having been originally located at the Show Park and later at Blacklaw.[6]

Industrial estate[edit]

Nerston is also the name given to one of East Kilbride's three major industrial estates (the others being Kelvin and College Milton) although it is some way to the south of the original village. The area was the location of a large Rolls-Royce plant from the 1950s, employing 4000 workers at its peak, until the 2010s when the company relocated to more modern facilities in Renfrewshire.[7] In 2016 plans were approved to transform the site into a mixed residential and commercial development.[8]

Sports facility[edit]

A 21st century development between Nerston and the suburb of Stewartfield is the 90-acre sports complex Playsport which features a 9-hole golf course and driving range, Five-a-side football and indoor skatepark, trampolining and Climbing wall facilities.


  1. ^ Ure, David, A.M. (1793) The History of Rutherglen and East Kilbride, Glasgow : David Niven
  2. ^ "Robert Wiseman, Dairy farmer and Milk Producer, Obituary". The Scotsman. 12 October 2004. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  3. ^ "Glasgow City Council approves more school mergers". 11 December 2009. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
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  5. ^ "Nerston Residential School". Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  6. ^ "The revival of East Kilbride Golf Club after a fire". 31 December 2011. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 
  7. ^ "In Pictures: Memories - Rolls Royce East Kilbride". Evening Times. 14 April 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2017. 
  8. ^ "Going, going, gone: Landmark Rolls-Royce building is torn down to make way for housing". Daily Record (Scotland). 4 August 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2017.