Shettleston

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Shettleston
Eastbank Parish Church, Shettleston - geograph.org.uk - 125195.jpg
Eastbank Parish Church
Shettleston is located in Glasgow council area
Shettleston
Shettleston
Shettleston shown within Glasgow
OS grid referenceNS642640
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  • Glasgow
CountryScotland
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townGLASGOW
Postcode districtG32
Dialling code0141
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55°51′00″N 4°10′15″W / 55.850023°N 4.170712°W / 55.850023; -4.170712Coordinates: 55°51′00″N 4°10′15″W / 55.850023°N 4.170712°W / 55.850023; -4.170712
The Palaceum Bar, Shettleston in 2004.

Shettleston (Scots: Shuttlestoun, Scottish Gaelic: Baile Nighean Sheadna) is an area in the east end of Glasgow in Scotland. Like many of the city's districts, Shettleston was originally a small village on its outer edge.

Today Shettleston lies between the neighbouring districts of Parkhead to the west, and Baillieston to the east, and is about 2 and a half miles from the city centre. It incorporates the sub-districts of Greenfield and Sandyhills. The area is well served by public transport, lying on the key A89 road. Shettleston railway station on the North Clyde line of the Abellio ScotRail local railway network provides a direct link to Glasgow Queen Street. It once was linked to Hamilton by the North British Railway, but this line has long since been closed.

Famous people from the area include: the novelist Alistair MacLean, Cliff Hanley, the lyricist of Scotland's anthem Scotland the Brave, and Charles Wilson, former editor of The Times, Junior Campbell, (musician) with 1960s band The Marmalade, (and composer of the music for Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends), all of whom with the exception of MacLean attended the local school Eastbank Academy. Comedian Janey Godley wrote about her upbringing in 1960s/70s Shettleston in her autobiography Handstands in the Dark, published in 2005.[3] Sports journalist/football commentator Archie Macpherson was brought up in Shettleston.

Housing in Kenmore Street, Shettleston in 2004.

Shettleston is the only place in the United Kingdom where life expectancy is falling.[4] The reasons for the decline include poor diets and remarkably high smoking rates. Neighbouring Easterhouse does not fare much better. Shettleston F.C. is the local football team. 1089 (7th Glasgow) squadron Air Training Corps and E RHF Beardmore Army Cadet Force are both located on Killin Street.[5][6]

Shettleston has a number of churches of all denominations, St Paul's (RC), Shettleston Baptist Church, Shettleston Trinity Church, Romanian Orthodox Church in Shettleston Old Parish Church Halls, the Shettleston Old Church Halls is home to a number of community groups, including the 94th Glasgow (1st Shettleston) Company of the Boys' Brigade, founded in 1893. The church closed and parishioners were amalgamated with the Church of Scotland in Tollcross, due to building falling into disrepair in 2016 and as of 2017, is currently up for sale. In 2002, Shettleston was badly affected by flash floods.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba - Gaelic Place-Names of Scotland".
  2. ^ "List of railway station names in English, Scots and Gaelic – NewsNetScotland".
  3. ^ Handstands in the Dark. Ebury Press/Random House. ISBN 978-0091900298
  4. ^ Smith, David (14 March 2004). "Shettleston's falling life expectancy". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 23 May 2010.
  5. ^ "1089 (7th Glasgow) Squadron Air Training Corps". Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  6. ^ "Detachments in Glasgow And Lanarkshire Battalion ACF". Retrieved 15 January 2016.
  7. ^ "BBC NEWS - UK - Scotland - Floods cost into 'millions'". news.bbc.co.uk.

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