The Info List - Drumchapel

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(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 Knightswood
and Yoker
in Glasgow. The name derives from the Gaelic meaning 'the ridge of the horse'. 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
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, Castlemilk
and Greater 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.


1 History 2 Geography 3 Economy 4 References 5 External links



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.[1] The parish boundary was redrawn to create the new parish of St Margarets in Knightswood.[2] Civil administration transferred from New Kilpatrick
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. Geography[edit]

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.[3] 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).[4] Socio-economically, the area is not affluent. In 2011/2012, 48% of children were classed as living in poverty, and 57% of the population were 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 for Glasgow.[4] Economy[edit]

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 at Scotstoun
and Govan. Drumchapel
is now going through its 2nd regeneration with promises of better schools, better homes and higher employment.[5] References[edit]

^ Kilpatrick Parish
Archived 10 May 2010 at the Wayback Machine. ^ McCardel, J (1949). The Parish
of New Kilpatrick. University Press Glasgow.  ^ 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 Machine.

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to Drumchapel.

The History of Drumchapel Glasgow
West Regeneration Area Housing Regeneration Article

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