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Carswellbank

I am the chair of my residents association for Carswellbank which for those of you who do not know is basically half of the estate known as Parkhouse (and also seen as South Nitshill and also I believe the Whimpys?).

I am looking into researching some history of the area for the forthcoming reprint of our constitution booklet and was hoping that someone out there might be able to assist with any useful insights into where the name came from and the history of the area itself.  

I have read with interest the articles on South Nitshill and studied the maps of the area prior to the estates being built but I would love to learn more particularly about our side of the estate rather than Parkhouse.

Here's hoping but any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

Peter
Alex Glass

Hi Peter

Welcome to Urban Glasgow. Hope you stick around and join in some of the discussion.
CRA

CRA

Hi Alex

Yes, thanks for that and I am hopeful that someone will be able to throw some light on my plea for the history of the Carswellbank area.

Regards

Peter
neilmc

A bit of lunchbreak research.....

Carswellbank doesn't really have a separate history, as both it and Parkhouse formed the same area of ground as originally bought by Wimpey.

Wimpey purchased the whole site in June 1979 from a limited company, then two months later sold on a third of the site (for a third of the total purchase price) to Barratt: this was the bit that became Carswellbank.

The name Parkhouse Estate was obviously derived from the general area (Parkhouse Farm, Parkhouse Road, etc.), but where the name Carswellbank came from I haven't a clue: the whole area was "part of the Lands of Darnley" which in turn was "part of the Lands and Estate of Pollok".

Carswellbank was always just field enclosures, without a farmhouse or even an outbuilding anywhere on the site. I don't know who worked the fields before South Nitshill was built, but they appear to have lain fallow until Barratt took over: was there possibly a farmer called Carswell?.

If anyone knows where the name Carswellbank came from, I'd also love to know.
Jock58

Hi Peter
Welcome to UG
I grew up in that area but left before the land south of Parkhouse rd was developed. So which area are we talking about? Is it the area of the old AA defence site?

I never heard the name Carswell or Carswellbank.
I can't remember any of the fields around their being farmed apart from the one just across from Whinfield rd that i remember having wheat in.
I remember they were mostly used for grazing.
Most likely its a Wimpey directors stab at immortality, none of the names off Corselet rd seem to have any local connection.

Jock58
CRA

Carswellbank

Many thanks for the useful feedback so far which is useful.  

When I went through the purchase of another house in Craigflower Road my solicitor mentioned (I believe by looking at the background to the area) that there used to be a woodland behind the house.  I am assuming this was in the region of where Colwood Path now sits but I am guessing at that. That said I am not sure how accurate or how old that information was and the solicitor now has no record of that.

I do know where the Stewart Milne development now sits, was a large hill (larger than it is now) - I used to walk my dog over the hill which was farmland.

But the name still remains a mystery.

Peter
CRA

Carswellbank

I checked the old AA site that was mentioned but looking at the articles on the South Nitshill forum it appears that this was within the Parkhouse area and particularly where Bruntsfield Avenue now sits.

Peter
Jock58

Re: Carswellbank

CRA wrote:
I checked the old AA site that was mentioned but looking at the articles on the South Nitshill forum it appears that this was within the Parkhouse area and particularly where Bruntsfield Avenue now sits.

Peter


Sorry for my lack of knowledge but i don't know any the new development names.
Could you pinpoint for me where Carswellbank is.
There was no woodland south of the Parkhouse rd other than field hedges.
Though there were some very large trees at the junction of Nitshill road/Parkhouse rd. There was also a large black barn there, around the area of millview pl.
Jock58
Alex Glass

On the left hand side of Parkhouse Road in what use to be fields the Parkhouse Estate was built as described by Neil. As you go south toward Barrhead as a continuation of this estate Barrett build houses and called the area Carswellbank.

More recently a newer estate has been build by Stewart Milne and this is to the south of Carswellbank.

Now on the right hand side of Parkhouse Road in the area where South Nitshill was build there are new houses which have been built by Persimmon. Building here is still ongoing.
neilmc

"I remember when this were all fields", my wee Uncle Bernie might well be saying. Very faded photo dated September 1977, taken from my aunt & uncle's verandah on Parkhouse Road.
This is the only photo I can find showing a tantalising glimpse of the fields which would become the Parkhouse/Carswellbank development only a couple of years later: it is looking south-west, and Barrhead/Auchenback can be seen in the distance:-


Taken from the same verandah in 1996, but looking south: this scene is pretty much unchanged, although the Stewart Milne houses Alex mentioned occupy the fields to the extreme right of the photo:-

Edit: as a point of reference, that's Brentwood Square where the white Maestro is parked: the photos were taken roughly where the access road has been built to the new flats on Parkhouse Road.
Jock58

Nice Photos Neil.
That horizon is etched in my memory

Here is one of parkholm area at the start of its developement.

Parkhouse farm just left of center.
I have not been up there since but was told this hill was flattened out & the whole area leveled.
Jock58
CRA

Carswellbank

Many thanks for that and especially the older photo.  I am currently working with someone who lived in the South Nitshill flats in 1974 and he has described the same as just being fields in that area.

Also I have been looking into the Anti-Aircraft battery emplacement which seems to suggest it was situated just north of Corselet Road South Nitshill with an accommodation camp on the other side of Corselet Road.  I don't know this road but am wondering if that ties in with what has previously been pinpointed?

Thanks again for your assistance.

Peter
Jock58

Hi Again peter
After a lot of searching on the Nitshill thread i think it was agreed this was the position of the AA site

Heading south from S.Nitshill the first proper woods would have been at the Brock burn. Though some of the hedges were very mature & even had trees in places.



Jock58
CRA

AA battery

Yes thanks for that Jock,

I came across an interesting site regarding the AA battery today which does confirm that it was just on the other side of Corselet Road with the accommodation of around 50 nisan huts on the fields on the opposite side of the road.  This certainly tiesin with the map overlay and as I suspected is just at the base of Parkhouse.  

I have included these details in a brief histtory of the area for an introduction of our new Constitution booklet that will be distributed to all Carswellbank residents when it is finally printed.
neilmc

My wee Uncle Bernie again, this time with some development going on in Carswellbank.
This photo is dated June 1982, and you can just see the newly-completed cottage flats on Parkhouse Road and Craigflower Road, which all back onto Craigflower Gardens.
The Wimpey side, where Brentwood Avenue and Drive will be, is still not built on:-

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