Drumchapel (Scottish Gaelic: Druim a' Chapaill), known to locals and
residents as 'The Drum', is part of the city of Glasgow, Scotland,
having been annexed from
Dunbartonshire in 1938. It borders Bearsden
to the east (in East Dunbartonshire) and
Clydebank to the west (in
West Dunbartonshire). The area is bordered by
Glasgow. The name derives from the Gaelic meaning 'the ridge of the
As part of the overspill policy of
Glasgow Corporation, a huge housing
estate was built here in the 1950s to house 34,000 people - it is this
estate that is now most associated with Drumchapel, despite there
being an area known as
Old Drumchapel made up of affluent villas to
the south of modern Drumchapel.
The area had well-known social problems, notably anti-social behaviour
and degeneration of often poorly constructed post-war housing.
However, it remains popular with many of its residents and more
recently there has been substantial private investment in the area,
leading to the construction of new housing developments in the North
West of the district. The area, along with Easterhouse,
Pollok are collectively known as 'Big Four' post-war social
housing schemes. All are similar in terms of architecture and
planning, and tend to suffer from a similar range of social problems.
The area is served by
Drumchapel railway station.
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Drumchapel was part of the parish of New Kilpatrick, becoming devolved
in the late 19th century and a church parish in its own right in 1923.
The Old Church (originally serving both
Drumchapel and Blairdardie)
was built in 1901 for an increasing local population. The parish
boundary was redrawn to create the new parish of St Margarets in
Civil administration transferred from
New Kilpatrick to Glasgow
Corporation in 1938. As part of the overspill policy of Glasgow
Corporation, a huge housing estate was built here in the 1950s.
Linkwood Crescent tower blocks
The housing in the area is now 72% post-war tenement and 6%
multistorey flats, the remainder being other flats and houses. The
current population was estimated in 2002 at 15,000, which was split
into 6,000 households. The population of
Drumchapel fell by 22%
between 1996 and 2012 to 13,000. The proportion of people in the area
from minority ethnic groups increased over the same time to 5%, which
remains well below average for
Glasgow (12%). Life expectancy in the
area is about five years less than the average for
Glasgow (male 69
years, female 74 years).
Socio-economically, the area is not affluent. In 2011/2012, 48% of
children were classed as living in poverty, and 57% of the population
NRS social grade D or E. 56% of households were single-parent.
21% of young people were not in education, employment or training.
Just 22% of the population own their own home, about half the average
The derelict shopping centre at Drumchapel
The major employers for
Drumchapel from the 1950s to the 1980s were
the Goodyear Tyre & Rubber Co (GB) Ltd, Beattie's Biscuit Factory,
Singers Sewing Machines - Clydebank, The Reo Stakis Organisation -
Hills Hotel and Rigg Public Bar, The Golden Garter Night Club and The
Butty Public Bar,
The Edrington Group Whisky Bond and the various
shipyards on the Clyde. Beattie's Biscuit factory closed in 1978 and
the Goodyear and Singers factories both closed in February 1979. Reo
Stakis's Hills Hotel and Rigg Public Bar along with The Golden Garter
Night Club closed in June 1988.
Whisky bond barrels and tenements on Heathcot Ave
The Butty Public Bar was sold to Scottish & Newcastle Breweries
and is still going strong with Billy Bryson the Manager for over 30
years now holding the lease.
The Edrington Group Whisky Bond has grown
over the years and is still a major employer in the area while the
shipyards have all gone with the exception the now BAE Systems yards
Scotstoun and Govan.
Drumchapel is now going through its 2nd
regeneration with promises of better schools, better homes and higher
Parish Archived 10 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine.
^ McCardel, J (1949). The
Parish of New Kilpatrick. University Press
Glasgow City Council:
Drumchapel Area Housing Plan 2002
^ a b "Drumchapel". Understanding Glasgow.
Glasgow Centre for
Population Health. Retrieved 16 March 2015.
^ The History of
Drumchapel Archived 4 June 2007 at the Wayback
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