Window to the Past: Bangorshill Farm, c1950

The farm, a wooden building constructed around the turn of the 20th century, was originally to accommodate wounded from the Boer War.

It then became Cowglen Fever Hospital to isolate patients suffering from highly contagious diseases.

It stood on a small area of ground on Barrhead Road about a quarter of a mile west from the Round Toll. Farming here ended in the 1960s, but the area it occupied is still recognisable today behind a double-leaf gate in the iron railings.

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It was worked by John Howatt’s son, also John, and was then known as Bangorshill Farm. Here he is wearing a bunnet, with helper Willie McLaughlan holding the reins.

Howat had horse drawn vans on the farm and batches of rolls were delivered to him from McKechnie’s bakery at Eglinton Toll, the vans would go round the districts to sell them.

Willie’s father was a railway signalman, and the family lived in the railway houses in Barrhead Road next to the bridge, which were demolished in 1965.

Image courtesy of Pollokshaws Heritage Group, holding weekly meetings on Mondays at 1pm in the parish hall — all welcome along.

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