AUCHENSHUGGLE

Auchenshuggle is something of a myth in Glasgow largely because few people really believe that the place exists, other than appearing on the destination boards of generations of trams and buses or in the repartee of comedians.

The name is derived from the Gaelic for "the field of rye" so that in itself bears testimony to an ancient lineage. The community of Auchenshuggle was one of the three which made up latter day Tollcross and was centred on Easterhill St at Corbett St. Some small dwellings are still located there.

The lands of that name extended south from Tollcross Rd at Tollcross Central Church. The site upon which the church and yard are formed is part of Auchenshuggle, and some maps show it extending as far southwards as London Rd. Part of Auchenshuggle was donated for the use of the church in 1805 by Clyde Iron Works proprietor, Mr Caddell. Tollcross Central commemorated this gesture in a memorial window to him.

 

6) Pantile-roofed dwelling, Corbett St.

 

The dwellings and adjoining stable illustrated above were located at 67 Corbett St, between the street and the Battles Burn. They stood there as late as 1982 the remnants of a longer row of houses. They may have been part of the original village of Auchenshuggle, and certainly date from at least the late 18th or early 19th century.

In recent times, the site was used as a scrap car lot. Although largely ruinous when photographed here in 1978, the red pantiled roof was remarkably intact. The houses were of very simple construction and showed no fittings for gas, electricity or running water. Sadly, the building deteriorated very rapidly in the 1980s, with the roof partially collapsing.

In 1982 the People's Palace Museum launched a scheme to rescue what they took to be a unique structure within Glasgow and it was eventually taken down and stored by the Parks Dept. It had been intended to rebuild it in the grounds of either the People's Palace or Tollcross Park as a weaver's cottage but lack of finance resulted in the plan's failure. The remains were disposed of and yet another piece of the east end's vanishing heritage was lost forever.

Six pantiles were removed from the site and taken to the People's Palace where they can be seen in the reconstruction of an early Glasgow street.