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Pollokshaws Burgh Hall
Pollokshaws is located in Glasgow council area
Location within Glasgow
OS grid referenceNS562656
Community council
  • Pollokshaws and Eastwood
Council area
Lieutenancy area
  • Glasgow
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG43 1
Dialling code0141
UK Parliament
Scottish Parliament
List of places
55°49′31″N 4°17′41″W / 55.825183°N 4.294727°W / 55.825183; -4.294727Coordinates: 55°49′31″N 4°17′41″W / 55.825183°N 4.294727°W / 55.825183; -4.294727

Pollokshaws (Scots: Powkshaws) is an area on the South side of the city of Glasgow, Scotland. It is bordered by the residential neighbourhoods of Auldhouse to the east, Eastwood and Hillpark to the south and Shawlands to the north, with the Glasgow South Western Line railway and the open lands of Pollok Country Park to the west. The White Cart Water flows through the area.[1]

The housing stock mostly consists of some sandstone tenement housing and modern brick tenement-style buildings. Eight tower blocks formerly stood in an area known as the Shawbridge Corridor; the final block was demolished in March 2016.

According to the 2001 Census, Pollokshaws had a population of 4,295. Its residents are a mixture of working class and middle class social groups, and the area also had a large South Asian community.


John Maclean's casket being removed from his Pollokshaws home in November 1923

Pollokshaws was originally a village predominantly dedicated to weaving in the 17th century. A group of Flemish weavers were brought to the area in the 19th century by the landowners, the Maxwells of Pollok, on account of their exceptional weaving skills.[2]

Pollokshaws was a burgh of Renfrewshire until 1912 when it was annexed to the City of Glasgow.[3][4][5] Though it had been an industrial area, this changed in 1957 when it was proposed as the second Comprehensive Development Area in Glasgow (the first was Hutchesontown). The area was demolished and rebuilt anew.[6]

View over the Shawbridge area, 1983
New apartments in the same area, 2017

A large number of tower blocks were built in the 1960s, and later demolished between 2008 and 2016 in the Shawbridge Corridor regeneration.[3] The areas where these blocks were will have a mix of social and private housing. The blowdowns of the first two towers in July 2008 was filmed in detail by an American company and can be seen as part of the documentary series "The Detonators".[7]


Pollokshaws Burgh Hall on Pollokshaws Road, built in 1895–98 by architect Robert Rowand Anderson in the Scots renaissance style, was originally the municipal headquarters of the independent burgh before passing into the ownership of Glasgow Corporation following annexation. Now a Category A listed building, it was closed by the council in the 1990s but subsequently reopened for community use by a charitable trust.[8][9]

The Round Toll is a circular building now located on the central island of the roundabout of the same name. Built around 1820 as a tollbooth, it is the only surviving example of this type of building in the area, others having been lost to road development, and a rare example of an older building in Pollokshaws following 20th century slum clearance and redevelopment. It is now Category B listed. Following the abolition of road tolls in the 1880s it served as a carriage hire premises, a pub, and latterly as a private house up until the 1950s. It was subsequently used for council storage but is now vacant and isolated on the roundabout.[10]


The Pollokshaws Races, an informal horse racing event staged annually from around 1750 until 1883, took place on a racecourse to the southwest of the village, on land now occupied by Kennishead Road and Cowglen Golf Club. The races initially developed in conjunction with the local holiday, the Pollokshaws Fair, and were viewed more as an excuse for drinking and socialising rather than a serious sporting event.[11]

Pollok F.C.'s Newlandsfield Park is in the area, adjacent to Pollokshaws East railway station.[12]

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  1. ^ Bogle's Bridge (Glasgow School of Art Archives, 1889), The Glasgow Story
  2. ^ "Eye Spy Glasgow: In memory of the "Queer Folk"". Evening Times.
  3. ^ a b Pollokshaws & Auldhouse illustrated guide, Scotcities
  4. ^ Pollokshaws Panorama (Glasgow City Archives, Department of Architectural and Civic Design, 1958), The Glasgow Story
  5. ^ Pollokshaws Townhouse (Pollok House, 1830), The Glasgow Story
  6. ^ Clock Tower, Pollokshaws (Mitchell Library, Glasgow Collection, Bulletin Photographs, 1982), The Glasgow Story
  7. ^ "The Detonators". Discovery UK. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  8. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "2025 POLLOKSHAWS ROAD AND BENGAL STREET, POLLOKSHAWS BURGH HALL  (Category A Listed Building) (LB33953)". Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  9. ^ "About". Pollokshaws Burgh Hall. Pollokshaws Burgh Hall Trust. Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  10. ^ Historic Environment Scotland. "1 BARRHEAD ROAD, JUNCTION WITH POLLOKSHAWS ROAD AND NETHER AULDHOUSE ROAD, TOLL HOUSE FORMERLY 1 CROSS STREET  (Category B Listed Building) (LB33915)". Retrieved 6 August 2020.
  11. ^ O'Brien, Ged (2010). Inglis, Simon (ed.). Played in Glasgow: Charting the Heritage of a City at Play. London: Malavan Media. p. 79. ISBN 9780954744557.
  12. ^ "Newlandsfield". pollokfc.com. Retrieved 3 February 2013.
  13. ^ Burns Encyclopedia 27 February 2012
  14. ^ "John Maclean's Pollokshaws". Pat's Guide. Retrieved 15 April 2021.
  15. ^ "Heroes, heroin and the ghost from Alex Norton past". Herald Scotland. 19 March 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.
  16. ^ "Maxton, James [Jimmy]". Oxford Dictionary of National Biography (online ed.). Oxford University Press. doi:10.1093/ref:odnb/34957. (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  17. ^  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGray, John Miller (1911). "Tassie, James". In Chisholm, Hugh (ed.). Encyclopædia Britannica. 26 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. pp. 442–443.
  18. ^ Jeffries, Stuart (19 December 2009). "Frankie Boyle lays into celebrity memoirs as his own is a surprise hit" – via www.theguardian.com.

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