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Pollokshaws (Scots: Powkshaws) is an area on the southside of the city of Glasgow, Scotland. The housing stock mostly consists of some sandstone tenement housing and modern brick tenement-style buildings. According to the 2001 Census Pollokshaws has a population of 4,295.
Eight tower blocks formerly stood in an area known as the Shawbridge Corridor. The final block was demolished in March 2016.
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 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 started anew. A large number of tower blocks were built in the 1960s, and later demolished between 2008 and 2016 in the Shawbridge Corridor regeneration. The areas where these blocks were will have a mix of social and private housing.
The blowdowns of the first two towers in July 2008 was filmed in detail by an American company and can be seen as part of the documentary series "The Detonators".
An important role in the community has been played by the Pollokshaws Bowling Club which has been going strong since 1854. The club moved in 1954 into Pollok Country Park and has remained there ever since, offering a relaxing and scenic surroundings. The land was donated by Sir John Stirling-Maxwell. The club celebrated its 150th anniversary in 2004, and were honoured with a civic reception in the Glasgow City Chambers.
Notable people from the Shaws
- John MacLean - early 20th-century socialist
- Alex Norton - Actor
- Bobby Collins - Footballer (Celtic, Leeds United, Pollok F.C.)
- James Maxton - Political Activist
- Bobby Evans - Celtic Footballer
- James Tassie
- Frankie Boyle - Stand Up Comedian
- Pollokshaws & Auldhouse - Illustrated Guide
- Pollokshaws Heritage Group for a full history of Pollokshaws
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