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Plaque at monument commemerating the Battle of Langside

Plaque at monument commemerating the Battle of Langside


Details of the Battle of Langside

Details of the Battle of Langside from Peoples History of Glasgow, 1899

The story of Queen Mary's time with her kinsfolk, the Stuarts of Castlemilk, can be seen in a dedicated page of this website.


Langside Monument, erected in 1887

Langside Monument, designed by Alexander Skirving and erected in 1887


Tramcar at Langside Monument

Tramcar at Langside Monument


View of cottages at Langside village with Queen's Park in the background

View of cottages at Langside village with Queen's Park in the background


View of Langside monument and advertising hoardings from Queen's Park

View of Langside monument and advertising hoardings from Queen's Park


Edwardian scene at top of Millbrae, Langside

Edwardian scene at top of Millbrae, Langside


White Cart Water at the foot of Millbrae, Langside has for a long time been liable to burst its banks. The river defences have been tested on numerous occasions with a particularly bad episode of flooding occurring in December 1984. The brick and concrete lined channel behind the houses of Millbrae Crescent, shown in this photograph from 1933, was strengthened and enlarged in the closing years of the century to prevent further flooding.

Flood defences at bottom of Millbrae, Langside, 1933

Brick and concrete lined channel for flood defences at bottom of Millbrae, Langside, 1933


The original terraces of Millbrae Crescent were designed by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson and built in the mid-1870's. The rock-faced red sandstone tenements on the other side of the road were built in the early years of the twentieth century.

Houses in Millbrae Crescent, Langside

Houses in Millbrae Crescent, Langside


The Victoria Infirmary was established with the proceeds of the estate of Robert Couper, who with his brother James operated the Millholm Paper Mill on the banks of the White Cart Water in Cathcart.

1850's map of Langside and Queen's Park before the Victoria Infirmary was built

1850's map of Langside and Queen's Park before the Victoria Infirmary was built


After Robert Couper died childless on 12th June 1883 he bequeathed the residue of his estate, around 45,000, for an infirmary and convalescent home in the district. As a condition of his will no portion of the bequest was available until the death of his widow. In December 1887, Mrs Couper generously offered the directors of the infirmary 10,000 to allow them to commence building operations. A Parliamentary Act was passed in June 1888, allowing building work to commence in July 1888.
The Victoria Infirmary, designed by Campbell Douglas & Sellars, opened on 14th February, 1890.

Portrait of Robert Couper of Millholm, Cathcart, benefactor of Victoria Infirmary

Robert Couper of Millholm, Cathcart, benefactor of Victoria Infirmary


Langside Road entrance to the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow

Langside Road entrance to the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow


View of the multi-storey wards of the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow

View of the multi-storey wards of the Victoria Infirmary, Glasgow


Schoolchildren at the Victoria Infirmary before it was completed

Schoolchildren at the Victoria Infirmary before it was completed


Boarded up Victoria Infirmary awaiting redevelopment, September 2016

Boarded up Victoria Infirmary awaiting redevelopment, September 2016


Collection of domes at Battlefield Rest and Victoria Infirmary

Collection of domes at Battlefield Rest and Victoria Infirmary

Battlefield Rest was designed as Glasgow's grandest tram shelter by Frank Burnet & Boston around the time of the start of the Great War in 1914.


Lamp and Glasgow coat of arms at Battlefield Rest

Lamp and Glasgow coat of arms at Battlefield Rest


Flagpoles at Battlefield Rest

Flagpoles at Battlefield Rest


1950's scene at Battlefield Rest

1950's scene at Battlefield Rest


Old photograph of Queen's Park School and Battlefield Rest

Old photograph of Queen's Park School and Battlefield Rest


Pupils standing outside Queen's Park School

Pupils standing outside Queen's Park School


Long evening shadows at Queen's Park School

Long evening shadows at Queen's Park School


No.5 tramcar passing Queen's Park School

No.5 tramcar passing Queen's Park School on way to Holmlea Road terminus


No.5 tramcar in Battlefield Road

City bound No.5 tramcar in Battlefield Road


No.24 tramcar from Langside to Anniesland at Renfield Street in city centre

No.24 tramcar en route from Langside to Anniesland at Renfield Street in city centre


No.24 tramcar from Langside heading towards the west end of the city

No.24 tramcar from Langside heading towards the west end of the city


Langside Hill Church designed by Alexander Skirving, 1896, now a bar/ restaurant

Langside Hill Church designed by Alexander Skirving, 1896, now a bar/ restaurant


Circular feature at Langside Hill Church

Circular feature at Langside Hill Church


Edwardian view of Langside Hill Church and monument

Edwardian view of Langside Hill Church and monument


Glimpse of Queen's Park Glasshouse

Glimpse of Queen's Park Glasshouse


This early 1950's scene of Battlefield Road shows a No. 5 bus from Croftfoot to St. Enoch Square and a No.12 tram from Mount Florida, en route to Paisley Road Toll, via Shields Road.

No. 5 bus & No. 12 tram at Battlefield Road

No. 5 bus & No. 12 tram at Battlefield Road


Queen's Park Synagogue, Lochleven Road, designed by Ninian Macwhannell, 1927

Queen's Park Synagogue, Lochleven Road, designed by Ninian Macwhannell, 1927


View of Queen's Park Synagogue through the gate

View of Queen's Park Synagogue through the gate


Battlefield Church, opened 1909

Langside Parish Church, originally Battlefield Established Church, designed by H.E. Clifford, 1909 - demolished 1995


Battlefield Church, opened 1909

Extract from Glasgow Herald. 17th May 1909, regarding opening of Battlefield Church the previous day


Mayfair Cinema, Sinclair Drive

Mayfair Cinema in Sinclair Drive was designed by Eric. A. Sutherland; opened 1935, closed 1973 and demolished 1980


Early twentieth century view of Sinclair Drive, before erection of three-storey tenements by Glasgow Corporation

Early twentieth century view of Sinclair Drive, before erection of three-storey tenements by Glasgow Corporation


Photograph of Queen's Park from 1909

Photograph of Queen's Park from 1909


Photograph of Queen's Park gates, 1904

Photograph of Queen's Park gates, 1904


>Photograph of tram approaching Victoria Road at  Queen's Park gates

Photograph of tram approaching Victoria Road at Queen's Park gates


1930's view of  motor cars  on Victoria Road, Glasgow

1930's view of motor cars on Victoria Road


>Edwardian ladies in winter scene at Queen's Park

Edwardian ladies in winter scene at Queen's Park


There were a number of grand mansion houses in the district, most notably Langside House, Rawcliffe House and Camphill House.

Langside House was designed by the eminent architect Robert Adam in 1777 and was situated on a hilltop, giving magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. In 1953 it was converted for use as a preparatory school for St Aloysius College by Gillespie Kidd and Coia, but was demolished before the end of the decade.

Langside House, designed by Robert Adam, 1777

Langside House, designed by Robert Adam, 1777


Rawcliffe House in Mansionhouse Road dates back to 1862 when it was designed for Alexander Bannatyne Stewart by John Burnet Senior, whose drawing was exhibited at the annual exhibition of the Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts in 1874.
The house came into the possession of an order of Carmelite Sisters in 1918, who subsequently occupied the premises as a convent.
The house has since been converted into 13 self-contained flats, first occupied at the end of 2011. The garden grounds have been used for the erection of three modern apartment blocks surrounding the old manson house.

Rawcliffe House, Langside

Rawcliffe House, Langside


Rawcliffe House from the south-east

Rawcliffe House, viewed from the south-east


Modern housing block in grounds of Rawcliffe House, Langside

Modern housing block in grounds of Rawcliffe House, Langside


Camphill House, within Queen's Park

Camphill House, Queen's Park, designed by David Hamilton c.1800


Portico at Camphill House

Portico at Camphill House


Victorian sketch of Camphill House

Victorian sketch of Camphill House


View of Camphill House from Queen's Park

Old painting showing view of Camphill House from Queen's Park


Small boys with model boats at the Queen's Park pond

Small boys with model boats at the Queen's Park pond


Langside Halls in dappled sunshine

Langside Halls designed by John Gibson as National Bank, Queen Street, 1847

This building was moved from the city centre to its present site and converted from a bank into public halls by the City Surveyor and Engineer, Alexander B. McDonald in 1903.


Engraving of Langside Halls

Engraving of Langside Halls when occupied by the National Bank, Queen Street


Interior of Langside Halls when used as telling room of National Bank

Interior of Langside Halls when used as telling room of the National Bank


Sculpture on top of Langside Halls

Sculpture on top of Langside Halls


St. Helen's Church RC Church, Langside Avenue

St. Helen's RC Church, Langside Avenue, designed by John B. Wilson as Langside Road UP Church, 1897


Langside Library, Glasgow's final Carnegie library, designed by George Simpson, 1915

Langside Library, Glasgow's final Carnegie library, designed by George Simpson, 1915


Entrance to Langside Library

Entrance to Langside Library


Lion sitting on top of Langside Monument

Lion sitting on top of Langside Monument


Extract from The People's History of Glasgow 1899

Extract from The People's History of Glasgow , 1899


Dixon Halls, Crosshill

Gorbals
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Pollokshields, Garden Suburb
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Govan
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Strathbungo & Crossmyloof
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Mount Florida
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Pollok Park & the Burrell
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Langside and Battlefield
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White Cart Walk, Pollok Park
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King's Park
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Rivers: Brock, Levern & Cart
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Castlemilk
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Pollokshaws & Auldhouse
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Queen's Park Churches
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Shawlands & Pollokshaws Churches
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Muirend to Cathcart
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Old Cathcart
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Newlands
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White Cart Walk, Linn Park
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Cathcart Circle - A Railway Tour
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East Renfrewshire Suburbs
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