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White Cart Water in Pollokshaws
Grid reference: NS563608
Location: 55°49’12"N, 4°17’40"W
Post town: Glasgow
Postcode: G43
Dialling code: 0141
Local Government
Council: Glasgow

Pollokshaws is a town of Renfrewshire which has become a mere district on the southside of the city of Glasgow. The housing stock mostly consists of some sandstone tenement housing, tower blocks and modern brick tenement-style buildings. According to the 2001 census, Pollokshaws had a population of 4,295.

The town's residents these days are a mixture of working-class and middle-class social groups, and the area also has a large Indian community.

In the days of heavy industry, Pollokshaws was part of it. John Maclean of Pollokshaws was one of the most influential communist leaders of "Red Clydeside"; he even appeared on a stamp in the Soviet Union.


Pollockshaws Burgh Hall

Pollokshaws was an independent burgh until 1912 when it was annexed to the City of Glasgow. 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 started anew. A large number of tower blocks were built of which four were demolished in the Shawbridge Corridor regeneration. The areas where these blocks were will have a mix of social and private housing.


  • Football: Pollok FC, who play at Newlandsfield Park

An important role in the community has been played by the Pollokshaws Bowling Club which has been going strong since 1854. The club moved in 1954 into Pollok Country Park and has remained there ever since, offering a relaxing and scenic surroundings. The land was donated by Sir John Stirling-Maxwell. The club celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2004, and were honoured with a civic reception in the Glasgow City Chambers.

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