With the assistance of grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Glasgow City Council we have recently produced three Heritage Trail leaflets for Pollokshields to celebrate our 20th anniversary.
The first two Trails leaflets offer walks starting from either Maxwell Park or Pollokshields West railway stations. The walks are themed so the first leaflet - which covers the west of the suburb - is subtitled ‘The Villas of Pollokshields’ and the second leaflet - which covers the east of the suburb - is subtitled ‘The Tenements of Pollokshields’. The walks highlight key buildings, features, details and notable former residents. The leaflets will guide people through Pollokshields’ leafy Avenues and handsome tenemental streets.
The third leaflet is a unique guide to the story of Pollokshields – Glasgow’s Garden Suburb. It celebrates the Stirling Maxwell family - the landowners who had the vision for a grand garden suburb to the south of the city centre and then saw it through three generations of the family; the master planners the family employed to draw up their vision; the developers who invested in the suburb and the architects whose designs they commissioned; those who then built the buildings; and on into the craftsmen and artisans who forged the details that still delight us.
The leaflets were officially launched on Sunday 3rd March 2013 at an event to held in Pollokshields Burgh Hall. The event included a guided walk through the Avenues. The leaflets are available from Pollokshields Library, the Mitchell Library and the Glasgow City Heritage Trust offices on Bell Street and other locations in Pollokshields.