Entrance to Moodiesburn via the A80.
|Population||6,900  (mid-2012 estimate)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
Moodiesburn is a town located 8 miles (13 kilometres) north-east of Glasgow city centre, in the North Lanarkshire council area of Scotland. It is situated on the A80 road, between Stepps and Cumbernauld.
The etymology of the name is probably from the common Scottish surname Moody. Several old documents show Moodiesburn with various spellings including maps by Richardson, Forrest, and William Roy. Moodiesburn (or Mudiesburn) was formerly part of the parish of Cadder. The New Statistical Accounts recorded 30 families and 143 people in 1836. In 1846 there were reported to be 35 houses with 220 people living in them. Towards the end of the 19th century the population fell to as low as 150. The town was developed in the 20th century with employment in coal mining and around psychiatric institution Stoneyetts Hospital. In the 1930s, wooden houses were constructed on the estate of Gartferry House.
Bedlay Cemetery is the local cemetery for Moodiesburn. The nearby Bedlay Castle has stood since the late 16th century. Moodiesburn is also home to the headquarters of food processing company Devro.
The suburb's original early 1950s council home builds comprise an area known as "Old Moodiesburn" (though a substantial number of those homes are now privately owned). The opposite end, by Devro headquarters, is composed mostly of private homes by Christian Salvesen (1970), Tay/Wimpey (1992), Bellway (1995) and Persimmon (2006). Miller purchased the former Stoneyetts Hospital site in 2017. A small estate of new council builds was constructed in the midst of the Salvesen area in 2013.
The suburb includes a community centre and library, a miners' welfare club (the Auchengeich Miners Welfare), a multi-denominational school (Glenmanor Primary), a denominational school (St. Michael's Primary), a Church of Scotland parish church, a Roman Catholic church, and an independent evangelical church called New Beginnings. There is also the Silver Larch public house, a Knights of Saint Columba social club and a coffee shop called The Coffee House. Moodiesburn House Hotel – previously the site of the Bedlay Dowager House – was closed in January 2008 and its entire contents put up for auction: the area is now populated by homes.
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