The history of Pollokshaws in 24 buildings: Hundreds of years of Southside history explained

Through old pictures of buildings in Pollokshaws - we hope to tell the story of the history and heritage of the Glasgow southside neighbourhood

Pollokshaws has a storied and proud heritage - today we wanted to take a look at the local history of the Southside through the architecture and the story’s they tell.

Pollokshaws was originally a village predominantly dedicated to weaving in the 17th century. A group of Flemish weavers were brought to the area in the 19th century by the landowners, the Maxwells of Pollok, on account of their exceptional weaving skills.

Pollokshaws was granted a charter to become a Burgh of Barony in 1812. It became a police burgh in 1858 and remained a burgh of Renfrewshire until 1912 when it was annexed to the City of Glasgow.

Though it had been an industrial area, this changed in 1957 when it was proposed as the second Comprehensive Development Area in Glasgow (the first was Hutchesontown). The area was demolished and rebuilt anew.

The 1960’s regeneration scheme of mainly high-rise buildings has started to make way for new mainly low-rise modern housing - but despite this razing, there’s still plenty of historic buildings that indicate the burgh’s historic past.

A lot of this information was supplied from the Pollokshaws Heritage Trail, created by Paul O’Cuinn on behalf of Pollokshaws Heritage Group.