Shettleston

Coordinates: 55.85°51′00″N 4.170833333333333°10′15″W / 55.850023°N °W / 55.850023; -4.170712
Shettleston
Scottish Gaelic: Baile Sheadna
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Shettleston ()

 Shettleston shown within
OS grid reference NS642640
Council area Glasgow City Council
Lieutenancy area Glasgow
Country Scotland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town GLASGOW
Postcode district G32
Dialling code 0141
Police
Fire
Ambulance
EU Parliament Scotland
UK Parliament Glasgow East
Scottish Parliament Glasgow Shettleston
Glasgow
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Shettleston (Baile Sheadna in Gaelic) is a suburb in the east end of Glasgow in Scotland. Like many of the city's suburbs, Shettleston was originally a small village on its outer periphery. Today Shettleston lies between the neighbouring suburbs of Parkhead to the west, and Baillieston to the east, and is approximately 2 and a half miles from the city centre. It incorporates the sub-districts of Greenfield and Sandyhills. The area is well served by public transport, lying on the key A89 road, and has a railway station on the North Clyde Line of the Scotrail local railway network, with a direct link to Queen Street station in Central Glasgow. It once was connected to Hamilton by the North British Railway, but this connection has long since closed.

Famous natives of the area include Cliff Hanley, the lyricist of Scotland's anthem Scotland the Brave, world-renowned plastic surgeon, Dr. Ian Jackson, and Charles Wilson, former editor of The Times, Junior Campbell, (musician) with sixties band The Marmalade, (and, composer of the music for Thomas the Tank Engine and Friends), all of whom attended the local school Eastbank Academy. Comedienne Janey Godley wrote about her upbringing in 1960s/70s Shettleston in her autobiography Handstands in the Dark, published in 2005.[1] Sports journalist/football commentator Archie MacPherson and musician Tony Donaldson were brought up in Shettleston. Harvard Financial historian Prof. Niall Ferguson's has a familial connection to Shettleston.[2]

Shettleston is the only place in the United Kingdom where life expectancy is falling.[3] Reasons for the decline include poor diets and remarkably high smoking rates. Neighbouring Easterhouse does not fare much better. Shettleston F.C. is the local football team. 1089 (7th Glasgow) squadron Air Training Corps is located on Killin Street

Shettleston has a number of churches of all denominations, the largest of which is Shettleston Old Parish on Killin Street (Church of Scotland). Shettleston Old is home to a number of community groups, including the 94th Glasgow (1st Shettleston) Company of the Boys' Brigade, founded in 1893. In 2002, Shettleston was badly affected by flash floods.

References

  1. Handstands in the Dark. Ebury Press/Random House. ISBN 0091900298/ISBN 978-0091900298
  2. The pity of war, Niall Ferguson, Basic Books
  3. Smith, David (2004-03-14). . The Guardian (London). http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1168906,00.html. Retrieved 2010-05-23.