Auchenshuggle

Auchenshuggle

Auchenshuggle ("Achadh an t-Seagail" - "the rye field" - in Gaelic) is an area of the city of Glasgow in Scotland.

It is the easternmost part of the Braidfauld (45th) Ward of the City of Glasgow. The ward runs westwards about a mile and a half to Springfield Road, just short of Parkhead Stadium, home of Celtic Football Club.

The quaint name was made famous throughout the city by being carried on the front of trams on Service No 9, which ran between Auchenshuggle and Dalmuir West (a district of Clydebank). The service was extended from its previous terminus at Springfield Road in 1922.

The area is at the east end of Glasgow on London Road, and it was always said that Glasgow Corporation Transport Department invented the name so that curious tourists and city dwellers would travel there thus increasing revenue. In fact, the terminus (at Braidfauld Street) was directly opposite a group of 19th Century cottages, now replaced by 1960s council houses, named "Auchenshuggle Cottages". Across London Road are the "Auchenshuggle Woods" (grid reference NS680626) where may be found the rare "Auchenshuggle" orchid. Fact|date=February 2007

Service No 9 was the final route on which trams were run in the city. The last regular tram ran on 1 September, 1962. On 2, 3 and 4 September, a special tram service was operated between Auchenshuggle and Anderston Cross on which souvenir tickets were sold. This proved attractive to those who wished to take a final sentimental journey. The route was taken by bus service No 64, which until 2005 still used Auchenshuggle as a terminus and ensures that the placename remains prominent on the streets of Glasgow. As of 2005, Service 64 terminates in Carmyle, a district of Glasgow just North of Cambuslang. It no longer uses Auchenshuggle terminus or even the destination on its signage, although it does still stop there. Service 308 also uses Auchenshuggle as a stop.

ee also

Auchenshoogle


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