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Easterhouse - Decay and Deprivation

This is not intended to be another one of those arty or car crash t.v. takes. There is much to celebrate in Easterhouse these days; the new John Wheatley College, new sports facilities, new schools, new shops and new nature walks. Indeed I lived there until last January. However, among the good lies the ruins of what may have been - projects designed to better the lives of many people - that ended up on the wrong side of dereliction for one reason or another. Decay and deprivation looks at just that:

Easterhouse takes its name from a farm in the area, with most of the streets and sub-schemes taking their monikers from old farmsteads and family seats i.e. Netherhouse, Dungeonhill, Westerhouse, Easterhouse, Blairtummock etc.

Map of Easterhouse area 1755


Map of Easterhouse area 1930s


The original area of development was at West Merryston and Easterhouse villages, where mines and industry were built for Iron and Coal.

Easterhouse Village early 1900s


Easterhouse Road looking S 2012
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The M8 passes where buildings used to stand.

Site of Brig Bar 2012


The village grew from 'Wamlet' hamlet in the 1700s to 'Wamflet Avenue' today


Corner of Wamflet Avenue and Easterhouse Road looking N to the estates


Looking W down Wamflet Avenue



West Maryston - variously called Merryston, Marystoun etc. - was a mining village at the banks of the Monklands Canal. It was abandoned in the 1950s with the last residents rehoused in Swinton and the new Easterhouse schemes.

Entrance from Rogerfield Road 2012

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Tondra image of West Maryston before demolition 1955


West Maryston and the Monklands Canal 1901


Rogerfield Road 2012 - Monklands Canal branched off from where the M8 is today, running to the left of this road


Infamous local mine called 'The Hole' - site of 2012

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As stated, a number of farms and family seats formed the bedrock of Easterhouse.

Artist's view of Blairtummock House 1700s


Blairtummock House 1987


Blairtummock House 2012





Lochwood Farm
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Commonhead Farm



Rodgerfield Farm


Lochwood House 1906 - demolished in the 1950s


Bishop Loch is one of a number in the vicinity, with habitation dating back to neolithic times. Here are some pics from an archeological dig in the 1950s


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Provan Hall is the oldest of houses in Easterhouse.

Provan Hall E face 1900


Provan Hall E face 2012


Provan Hall W face 1900


Provan Hall W face 2012


Provan Hall E gate 1900


Provan Hall E gate 2012


Provan Hall exterior - medieval and panterre gardens



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1800s addition to Provan Hall



Gartloch House once stood at the rear of the gardens - the pillars are all that remains



The driveway to the house is overgrown but passable



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Glasgow Fort Shopping Centre occupies the west of Auchinlea Park



The Phoenix marks the entrance to the former Easterhouse farm, now Millenium Court


These trees indicate the entrance to the old Westerhouse Farm, now Errogie Street
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John Wheatley College, Westerhouse Road 1999


Social Work Offices, Westerhouse Road 2012


J9 of the M8, eastbound off ramp 1980



J9 of the M8, eastbound off ramp 2012
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The southside of the Easterhouse Township Centre is currently unused after only 20 years of occupation

Easterhouse Old Library





Community Hall



Old Social Services building

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Service Yard


S entrance to the centre


There are six demolished schools in Easterhouse, of which two have been rebuilt.

Site of Bishoploch Primary School
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Site of a school in Abbeycraig Road -- my partner who is Easterhouse born and bred doesn't know -- any ideas?






Site of Commonhead Primary School


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Blairtummock Primary School 2003



Site of Blairtummock Primary School 2012



Site of Provanhall Primary School



Site of old Saint Benedict's Primary School



Site of old Westerhouse Nursery in Dubton Street




Old Lochend pitches
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Abbeycraig Road


Ervie Street


Buchlyvie Street



'The Pitches' - the site of many *ahem* historical battles  


Grudie Street demolition in progress this February



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Site of works on Brunstane Road - a stone bridge unique to the area remains




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Colfin Street, ex-Ladbrokes and site of the Casbah Pub - considered among the toughest in Glasgow at one time


Bishoploch Resident's Hall - due for demolition



Auchengill Road




Auchengill Road - Skelbo Path




Finally an aerial view of Easterhouse from 1959, with the new suburb visible above the line of the Monkland Canal
Stuball

Nice work Hawick
Hawick_1987

Thanks Stuball, much appreciated.

I got a particular kick when the flats were half demolished, as they looked like dolls houses - complete with chairs, wallpaper, sofas etc. Very strange to look at and difficult to believe that people lived there at all!  
Doog Doog

Great work Hawick.
cybers

Brilliant stuff Hawick,

All those cleared school sites minded me of when i was passing Barrowfield Primary and the bulldozers were closing in on it ...

I got oot the car had a wander over to the fence and this big demo boy clocked me and came over and said kin a help yi pal ...ah sais that wiz ma school and a slept in ....

The pure scoobied picture on his face was magical then you could see what I had said start to dawn on him and he smiled... As he walked away he stopped and said its ma school noo  
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cybers wrote:
Brilliant stuff Hawick,

All those cleared school sites minded me of when i was passing Barrowfield Primary and the bulldozers were closing in on it ...

I got oot the car had a wander over to the fence and this big demo boy clocked me and came over and said kin a help yi pal ...ah sais that wiz ma school and a slept in ....

The pure scoobied picture on his face was magical then you could see what I had said start to dawn on him and he smiled... As he walked away he stopped and said its ma school noo  


 I can just picture that!! Got any pics of Barrowfield Primary?
cybers

Nah I was just stopping to say a last goodbye to the place so to speak Many a happy day in there... My cousin also worked in there kinda explains why the place was shut doon and everyones a wee bit mental.
Beano

Blochairn House


Provan Hall and Blochairn House by Ben.Allison36, on Flickr

Hawick, I heard that some architectural evidence now points that Blochairn House may in fact be older, or just as old as Provan hall (dunno if true)
fastnet

I like the POV on that ben............
Beano

fastnet wrote:
I like the POV on that ben............
Fastnet...took that April 2010 mate I think the tree's are cut down now.  
fastnet

Aye OK.........Feckin' spoilsport.....  
Beano

fastnet wrote:
Aye OK.........Feckin' spoilsport.....  
 
Hawick_1987

Where did you find this out Beano mate?  
Beano

Hawick_1987 wrote:
Where did you find this out Beano mate?  
I think it was the guy at Provan Hall that told me, I did look this up on wiki and found this/ Across the courtyard is a later building, Blochairn House, which today is occupied by Greater Easterhouse Environmental Trust. Built by a Tobacco Lord, Blochairn House was remodeled in 1760 to resemble the plantation house on his Jamaican tobacco estate/ so if it's "remodeled" the original building must have been there.  
Hawick_1987

Ah right, interesting stuff! I've been meaning to have a right banter to the people that run the place for months now, to try and glean more information off them  
Subzero

Great stuff Hawick. Many memories there.

One thing though, 'the Hole' was another name for West Maryston, not a coal mine.
Hawick_1987

Subzero, I was reading up about 'the Hole' on TONDRA and Monklands websites and they seem convinced that there were a number of mines in the area at the inception of West Merryston. Whether or not this later gave rise to the nickname i'm not so sure, so thanks for the clarification  
Beano

 does this help you lads
link
http://www.baillieston-history.co.uk/page7.html
Hawick_1987

Nice find Beano - two birds with one cup and all that!  
Beano

Hawick_1987 wrote:
Nice find Beano - two birds with one cup and all that!  
nae probs mate, enjoying yer gad-a- boots    
Subzero

Beano wrote:
 does this help you lads
link
http://www.baillieston-history.co.uk/page7.html


It might help Hawick but no me, I wrote it.  

A pity the West Maryston/Hole page is a bit of a mess just now but it'll get fixed soon as.
Beano

Subzero wrote:
Beano wrote:
 does this help you lads
link
http://www.baillieston-history.co.uk/page7.html


It might help Hawick but no me, I wrote it.  

A pity the West Maryston/Hole page is a bit of a mess just now but it'll get fixed soon as.
   
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Subzero wrote:

It might help Hawick but no me, I wrote it.  


 'Nuff said Mr Murray!  

Great historical insight by the way  
Subzero

If I can be of any assistance Hawick let me know. Keep active  
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A wander from July 29th along the former route of the Monklands Canal from Easterhouse to Cuilhill;

Starting from the site of Easterhouse village at the Jimmy Young bridge the canal diverted left away from its successor, the M8 motorway


A slight path leads off from Rogerfield Farm road along the route






The road runs parallel to the canal (behind the hedges) when nearing the site of West Maryston
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The site of West Maryston village, now reduced to stony rubble






The numerous drains along the route keep you on the right path through the thick undergrowth
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Approaching the former bridge over the canal at Netherhouse Farm








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A cattle pen follows the canal past nearby kennels


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...more drains...




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The route then passes under the M73 motorway (built across the original filled-in canal), with access still for farmers






Some tasteful graffiti...
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We then arrive at Cuilhill, where large walls, metal rings and brickwork remain from the original canal!






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Unfortunately, the trees and bushes get even worse from here - but if you follow the broad double outline of the trees (a classic sign of a water source) just over Cuilhill Road, the canal begins abruptly from a series of drains at the back of houses in Bargeddie.
James

Excellent investigative stuff, Hawick.


James H
daviebroon

scary how much easterhouse has changed in a relatively short time from farmlands to housing scheme & almost back to farmland .. my old father in law told me the 1st minister of lochend church told him i give it 40 yrs and it will be back to the coo,s he,s almost right
daviebroon

think next time you should take a machette
Hawick_1987

Thank you James.

Davie, too true. In spite of knocking down and rebuilding large swathes of housing stock, even larger gap sites are now turning back to grass and weeds.

But eh, it's gonnae take more than a machette tae get through that lot!!!  
Subzero

Again, well done Hawick.

The drains you took pics of are really inspection chambers for the Monkland* Canal pipeline that runs from Cuilhill to the old Cut of Junction to the east of Port Dundas. The runs at Greenwells are to do with dogs I hear.

* It was always Monkland without an added S.
James

I meant to add this before. It shows the western limit of the remaining exposed canal to the east of Cuilhill Road.




James H
Hawick_1987

Ahh, they did have me wondering subzero! I also added a few S's in a similar vein to Tescos, Asdas etc., laziness on my part  

James, thanks for the pic. I can never figure out how to transpant a still from Google Maps and convert it...  
Subzero

Hawick_1987 wrote:
Ahh, they did have me wondering subzero! I also added a few S's in a similar vein to Tescos, Asdas etc., laziness on my part  


Even academics make that mistake Hawick, your in good company  

Here are a few pics of the bit in Jame's google scene that I took some time ago.

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1856444

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1856448

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1401165

http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1856447
Hawick_1987

Superb Subzero - the missing link from my photos to yours!

I am still amazed that water freely flows along the route unnoticed  
Subzero

As I said in one of the photos, the water was as clear as drinking water and I could see the bottom. If you go along to the beginning at Calderbank where it  comes through a sluice from the North Calder you can see how fast the current is, in fact for a good half mile.
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The route of the Monkland Canal from M73 tunnel to Cuilhill near Bargeddie (07/10/2012);

Looking W to the M73 where the A752 canal embankment would have been on Cuilhill Road


Looking E to Cuilhill culvert along the route of the canal (along the tree line)




Approaching Cuilhill


Cuilhill Culvert




Monkland Canal looking towards the city boundary
Merlot

Fantastic thread, really enjoying it.  Thanks Hawick.
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Easterhouse (01/01/2013)









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Doog Doog

Like the 3rd & 4th pics
djbmc

Hi

Enjoyed the photos of the old canal route

Following the filled in route of the Monkland Canal is something I've always thought about doing - particularly Cuillhill Gullet - but wasn't sure of right of access to the land the route follows.

What is the situation regarding this ?
cybers

Do not damage anything use pathways where provided and close any gate you might have to open... and do not look through any windows you might encounter along the way. All common sense stuff.
Alex Glass

It would be a great idea to retrace the full length on the old canal. I am sure there ust be some old photos along the banks of the canal. I do recall there being at least two photos of the old bridges in Ruchazie and Cranhill.

Even the views from what would have been beyond the banks of the canal would be a really great project if anyone is up for it. the M8 provide you with most of the route as it travels through the City to the east end.
Hawick_1987

djbmc wrote:
Hi

Enjoyed the photos of the old canal route

Following the filled in route of the Monkland Canal is something I've always thought about doing - particularly Cuillhill Gullet - but wasn't sure of right of access to the land the route follows.

What is the situation regarding this ?


Starting with the Townhead Basin (Junction 15 of the M8), it went E along the current route of the motorway, all the way out to the site of Easterhouse village at the Jimmy Young bridge (Junction 9). It then diverged NE along Rogerfield Farm road. The road runs parallel to the canal (behind the hedges) when nearing the site of West Maryston, before sloping under the Netherhouse road bridge. A cattle pen follows the canal past nearby kennels, through the adjacent woods on a direct NE heading, then under the M73 motorway. The former embankment crosses Cuilhill Road (A752) to join the open end of the canal at Cuilhill Culvert.

We never had any problems when walking it twice last year - so long as you avoid the noisy kennels near Cuilhill. I suggest a detour through the woods nearby!
djbmc

cybers & hawick - thanks for replying

From what you've both said I'm still not sure thought that walking the route would be legal & not trespassing or something like that

I take it British Waterways (Waterways Scotland ?) don't own the route land ?
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djbmc wrote:
cybers & hawick - thanks for replying

From what you've both said I'm still not sure thought that walking the route would be legal & not trespassing or something like that

I take it British Waterways (Waterways Scotland ?) don't own the route land ?


The section from Junction 9 to Netherhouse is legal. The section near the Kennels appears to be private property. Between the Kennels and Cuilhill is a mixture of private land and public rights of way. Off the A752 is legal and frequented by dog walkers.
nightfly

Passing through Easterhouse on Friday & seen this lol

Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos
Stuball

The veranda railings would have a scrap value...
cybers

Your just being a pedant cos it says nae scrap left in the photo  

That said the uPVC frames would be worth a pretty penny if kicked out and parped in a fire before going to the scrappies.
calamity

Easterhouse

I watched this TV makeover programme last week on the telly....transforming the old library ,  and was talking to my daughter about it, who works in an office up there.. she laughed and said that the place was shut up as soon as the workers left and has been closed ever since.. so what was the point and who did the fundraising to get this place sorted for the community in Easterhouse...

http://www.eveningtimes.co.uk/new...n-just-four-days-103758n.19092064
Marblez

It's a pity that the journalist cannot spell PhOEnix ....  

Quote Caroline Cumming "It was smelly and horrible when we took it over and now, what they have given us is the main work – now we can try and secure funding to finish it." Looks like they still need more money to complete the project ...
Gina

Ha ha ha...they actually got it right in the first sentence but managed to get it wrong every time after that!
calamity

I wonder whos burrowed a hole in the wall and stole all the computers..or if that was just staged too for the cameras..
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A few photos from last year:













calamity

great photos there..
Gina

From deprivation to regeneration:-

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I have to admit, they do get it right sometimes - likewise with 'the Bridge' centre.  
smb95

Sandaig Primary have a collection of photos of the Barlanark area of Easterhouse. Unfortunately there is no dates for any of these photos.
http://www.sandaigprimary.co.uk/barlanark/around_barlanark/

That was my first primary school, Barlanark Primary. I went there from 2004-2006. A new school, Our Lady of Peace is now on the site. I can't seem to find any photos of my 2nd primary school, Provanhall Primary which I went to from 2006-2009. That has also since been demolished.
Ped67

Hawick_1987 wrote:
Site of a school in Abbeycraig Road -- my partner who is Easterhouse born and bred doesn't know -- any ideas?





This was the site of St Colette's Primary school which was built in 1973 and destroyed by fire in the mid 1980's,the stairs you can see led down to the football pitch,there are at least 3 buildings of pretty much the exact same design still in school use,one in Greenfield,one in Summerston and one in Darnley
Site of Commonhead Primary School


 
johniedoc

easterhouse

Hi all,just came across this thread and really enjoyed looking at the images of the scheme.i was reared in auchingill road in the 60s and 70s then moved to lochend road in the eighties. i've been out of the country since 95 so it's kinda nice to see pictures of where i was brought up   i know it got a bad reputation but there was still a lot of good hard working people came from easterhouse. i havent been back since 2012 when my maw passed away and i'm sure there have been more changes since. once again thanks for the wee walk doon memory lane.
Beano

HI johniedoc, It's true never tar everyone with same brush, many a good family raising children in housing schemes successfully.  
Hawick_1987

Re: easterhouse

johniedoc wrote:
i know it got a bad reputation but there was still a lot of good hard working people came from easterhouse.


Absolutely Johnie. I still have family that live there and I lived at Lochdochart Road in 2010, before moving to Duke Street.
johniedoc

thanks beano and hawick for your reply's. it might not have been the most desirable place to be raised but i wouldn't change it for the world. i have a lot of good memories (and some not so good) of growing up there but thankfully the good ones far outnumber the bad.i've met a few glaswegians here since i moved and i've never hidden the fact that i'm proud as punch to come from easterhouse and always will be.
skintobalinto

I used to go my holidays to Easterhouse in the 70's, My auntie lived in Commonhead Place and I loved going there for a couple of weeks during the  summer holidays. I went to the swimming baths just about every day walked there and back - great memories
Marblez

Think I may have already posted this in another thread but it fits here too. This is Andy Scott's Phoenix at the corner of Aberdalgie Road and Easterhouse Road, it is meant to symbolise the regeneration of the area


Tricolour Phoenix by D1gitAl Imagez
ChasR

Moved to Banton Place about 1956. Roads and pavements weren't finished so when it rained it was like a mudtrack.  Eventually buses arrived with the corporation bus terminus, think it was either 22 or the 41 in Wardie Place and the Eastern Scottish to Parkhead's terminus at the top of Banton Place. Before that we had to walk down to Edinburgh Rd at Barlanark to get a bus.
Not the first time in Winter the SMT buses would slide down the hill to the bottom of Banton Place with a recovery truck having to pull them back up.
There was an old army camp cleared of all buildings but still had the concrete ramps and underground shelters located between Banton Place and the canal . Eventually cleared and Ware Road houses built there.
On the other side of the canal on top of the hill were Kildermorie Road is there was an ordinance survey point giving map locations.

Between Stepford Road and Edinburgh Road East Hallhill Road road ran to Swinton. Notice that it's gone too.
Where the sports pitches are there was a big puddle almost a pond, always clear fresh water with oxygen? bubbles constantly rising through the water.
When we moved there there weren't any schools so we were bussed to our old schools with the pick up point at Langbar Crescent /Wellhouse Road.
There was a garage on Edinburgh Road next to Wellhouse Road, big sign on it said Smellies but everyone called it Smileys, Got sold on later and the new owner replaced the sign with Smileys.
Taranis

Some great stuff posted here, and some great memories to go with it.

Re the primary schools closed down, I went to St. Scholatica's in Arnisdale St from 1972 to '79.
It was closed down some time later and now newly built housing is in it's place.

One of the great things growing up in Easterhouse was the farmland all around. We used to play down near the canal accessing it from Buchlyvie St. Before the motorway was built.
BobMc

Provanhall, mid-eighties.

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