From left to right:
Provanmill before 1914, Provanmill terminus, No. 6 Provanmill
to Crow Road
Up until the 1920s this was still a semi-rural area.
There were coal pits at Riddrie, Hogganfield, Robroyston and
Lumloch (just beyond Wallaces Well). To the west of
the present Shields Bar, there was Ranza Place with some two
or three storey houses beside the old Provanmill Inn. Opposite
there was a whisky distillery. Garngad Rd continued over the
Three Hills to Millerston. Where the present day
Hogganfield Estate lies was Pinkertons rhubarb fields
and the Pinkerton family owned the big house at the end of
Garngad Rd going on to Cumbernauld Rd. This house is now a
nursing home. The surrounding area was mostly farms around
Robroyston. Robroyston Pit lay to the left of the Provanmill
- Robroyston Rd and the old pit bing was still there when
I was a boy.
There was a miners welfare hall at the corner of Garngad
Rd and Provanmill Rd opposite the present Provanmill Inn.
This later became a community centre.
We often used to take the tram to Provanmill terminus which
was where Shields Bar now stands. There were a line of older
self-contained houses here and on Provanmill Rd. There were
several favourite walks from here. We would often go over
the three hills to Hogganfield Loch or walk to Millerstown
tram terminus. There was a café called The Cosy
Neuk where The New Inn now stands. We would
then walk to the old Robroyston station and back to Robroyston
Rd via the Half Mile Bridge. Old Robroyston consisted
of the steel houses at Zena Street, Earnock St, Olive St,
Winifred St, Sheila St, Hilda St and Hilda Crescent and Robroyston
Rd. Like the steel houses at Forrestfield St, Carbrook St,
Kilberry St, Dunlly St, Hollybank St and Kintyre St, Garngad.
The only other houses were the three which stand on the hill
beyond the steel houses. Robroyston Hospital, Wallaces
Well were surrounded by farms. Fairly recent developments
have seen Robroyston grow like topsy.
Robroyston Hospital was built in 1917 and closed in 1977.
Beyond the hospital lay the monument to William Wallace, the
Scottish patriot. Beyond that was Wallaces Well, where
Wallace is reputed to have taken a drink before his capture
by the English in a nearby house. We all swore in those days
there was a tree soaked with Wallaces blood.
The interim advisory committee of the Molendinar Community
Robroyston has changed out of all recognition now as it is
one of Glasgows fastest growing suburbs. Most of the
houses in Provanmill and Blackhill would be built from the
1920s onwards. Blackhill has a fine new estate now with
much of the old scheme gone. In older times there would be
a few cottages for lock-keepers around the canal. There was
also a golf course at Blackhill and a large mansion at Provanmill.
Millerston (3 hills circa 1850)
about Garngad and Royston
about Garngad characters (Mick McLaughlan by Michael Keenan)
about politics in the area
about entertainment in the area
about sports in the area
about schools in the area
about churches and religion in the area
the 'Farewell to Garngad'
about a poet from 'Little Ireland'
the conclusion by writer James Friel
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