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Gaelic: Baile Nighean Sheadna[1]
Scots: Shuttlestoun[2]
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Eastbank Parish Church
Grid reference: NS642640
Location: 55°51’0"N, 4°10’15"W
Post town: Glasgow
Postcode: G32
Dialling code: 0141
Local Government
Council: Glasgow
Glasgow East

Shettleston is an ancient parish in Lanarkshire that forms a suburb in the east end of Glasgow. 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 two and a half miles from the city centre. It incorporates the sub-districts of Greenfiel and Sandyhills. The area is well served by public transport, lying on the key A89 road. Shettleston railway station on the North Clyde line 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: Alistair Mcllean the famous novelist, 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 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.

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]


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