Thornwood, Glasgow

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Corner of Dumbarton Road and Thornwood Avenue
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55°52′18″N4°19′08″W / 55.871583°N 4.318978°W / 55.871583; -4.318978 Coordinates: 55°52′18″N4°19′08″W / 55.871583°N 4.318978°W / 55.871583; -4.318978

Thornwood is a largely residential area of Glasgow, Scotland, lying north of the River Clyde. Part of the city's West End, it is situated almost on the river between Partick to the east and south and Broomhill to the north and west; the neighbourhoods of Whiteinch, Glasgow Harbour and Hyndland are also fairly close.

Glasgow City and council area in Scotland

Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland, and the third most populous city in the United Kingdom, as of the 2017 estimated city population of 621,020. Historically part of Lanarkshire, the city now forms the Glasgow City council area, one of the 32 council areas of Scotland; the local authority is Glasgow City Council. Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands. It is the fifth most visited city in the UK.

River Clyde river in Scotland

The River Clyde is a river that flows into the Firth of Clyde in Scotland. It is the eighth-longest river in the United Kingdom, and the second-longest in Scotland. Traveling through the major city of Glasgow, it was an important river for shipbuilding and trade in the British Empire. To the Romans, it was Clota, and in the early medieval Cumbric language, it was known as Clud or Clut, and was central to the Kingdom of Strathclyde.

Partick area of Glasgow, Scotland

Partick is an area of Glasgow on the north bank of the River Clyde, just across from Govan. To the west lies Whiteinch and to the east, Finneston, and to the North Hillhead and other areas which make up the West End of Glasgow. Partick was a Police burgh from 1852 until 1912 when it was incorporated into the city. Partick is the area of the city most connected with the Highlands, and several Gaelic agencies, such as the Gaelic Books Council are based in the area. Some ATMs in the area display Gaelic.



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Thornwood Terrace

Thornwood's boundaries are not precisely defined but could be seen as the territory between Crow Road, Thornwood Drive and Dumbarton Road, a small but densely populated area dominated by four-storey tenements. [1] It was part of the burgh of Partick until the absorption of that burgh into the expanding city of Glasgow in 1912. [2] [3] Most local amenities can be found in Partick or Broomhill, including a retail park, Gartnavel General Hospital, the University of Glasgow and Byres Road, popular for socialising, within 1 mile (1.6 km) distance, although Thornwood does have its own selection of small shops and bars. [4]

Tenement multi-occupancy building

A tenement is a multi-occupancy building of any sort. In Scotland it refers to flats divided horizontally in an established building type, including desirable properties in affluent areas, but in other countries the term often refers to a run-down apartment building or slum building.

Retail park unenclosed small to medium sized shopping area

A retail park or power center is an unenclosed shopping center with a typical range of 250,000 to 600,000 square feet of gross leasable area that usually contains three or more big box retailers and various smaller retailers with a common parking area shared among the retailers. It is likely to have more money spent on features and architecture than a traditional big box shopping center.

Gartnavel General Hospital Hospital in Glasgow, Scotland

Gartnavel General Hospital is a teaching hospital in the West End of Glasgow, Scotland. The hospital is located next to the Great Western Road, between Hyndland, Anniesland and Kelvindale. Hyndland railway station is adjacent to the hospital. The name Gartnavel is derived from the Gaelic GartUbhal (apple) - i.e. field of apple trees. It is managed by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

The area is served by Partick railway station which is also a stop on the Glasgow Subway system. The Clydeside Expressway (A814) road runs to the south of Thornwood, terminating where that route meets the Clyde Tunnel which provides a link to the south-west of the city (Linthouse and the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital) for vehicles and pedestrians.

Glasgow Subway underground metro line in Glasgow, Scotland

The Glasgow Subway is an underground rapid transit line in Glasgow, Scotland. Opened on 14 December 1896, it is the third-oldest underground metro system in the world after the London Underground and the Budapest Metro. It is also one of the very few railways in the world with a track running gauge of 4 ft. Formerly a cable railway, the Subway was later electrified, but its twin circular lines were never expanded. The line was originally known as the Glasgow District Subway, but was later renamed Glasgow Subway Railway. It was so called when taken over by the Glasgow Corporation who renamed it the Glasgow Underground in 1936. Despite this rebranding, many Glaswegians continued to refer to the network as "the Subway". In 2003 the name "Subway" was officially readopted by its operator, the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT). A £40,000 study examining the feasibility of an expansion into the city's south side was conducted in 2005 while a further commitment from Labour in 2007 to extend to the East End was also to no avail.

Clyde Tunnel

The Clyde Tunnel is a crossing beneath the River Clyde in Glasgow, Scotland. Two parallel tunnel tubes connect the districts of Whiteinch to the north and Govan to the south in the west of the city.


Linthouse is a district in the Scottish city of Glasgow. It is situated south of the River Clyde and lies immediately west of Govan. Although it is currently located within Govan of Glasgow City Council and is often referred to locally as 'Govan', it was in fact a distinct area separate from Govan until 1901 when it willfully became part of Govan Burgh until 1912 when the Burgh was annexed to Glasgow.


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Thornwood Primary School

Thornwood Primary School [5] is the primary school which serves the local area. The building also houses Thornwood Nursery Class and Rosepark Learning Centre, which had changed its name at early April 2010 to GDSS (General Dyslexic Social Services), a special needs school. All of these services are operated by Glasgow City Council's Education department. [6]

Primary school school in which children receive primary or elementary education from the age of about five to twelve

A primary school is a school for children from about five to eleven years old, in which they receive primary or elementary education. It can refer to both the physical structure (buildings) and the organisation. Typically it comes after preschool, and before secondary school.

Special education is the practice of educating students in a way that addresses their individual differences and needs. Ideally, this process involves the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment and materials, and accessible settings. These interventions are designed to help individuals with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and in their community which may not be available if the student were only given access to a typical classroom education.

Glasgow City Council local government body of the city of Glasgow in Scotland

Glasgow City Council, the local government body of the city of Glasgow, Scotland, became one of the newly created single tier local authorities in 1996, under the Local Government etc. (Scotland) Act 1994, with boundaries somewhat different from those of the former City of Glasgow district of the Strathclyde region: parts of the Cambuslang and Halfway and Rutherglen and Fernhill areas were transferred from the city area to the new South Lanarkshire council area.

Thornwood Primary is one of four primary schools (along with Broomhill Primary School, Whiteinch Primary School and Hyndland Primary School) associated with Hyndland Secondary School, and part of the Hyndland New Learning Community. The local Catholic primary schools, Notre Dame and St Paul's, are located in Partick and Whiteinch respectively, while the secondary school, St Thomas Aquinas, is in Broomhill.

Hyndland Secondary School school in Glasgow, Scotland

Hyndland Secondary School is a non-denominational state comprehensive school in the Hyndland area of Glasgow, Scotland.

St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School, Glasgow

St Thomas Aquinas Secondary School is a Catholic secondary school in Jordanhill, Glasgow. The current head teacher is Andrew McSorley, who took over at the beginning of the 2006-2007 session having left his old head post in Edinburgh's St Thomas of Aquin's High School. The previous head teacher was Thomas Bradshaw who headed the school for 13 years.


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Thornwood Park

Thornwood Park, which has been refurbished, is situated in front/across from the primary school, featuring an AstroTurf pitch, a separate fenced playground and a picnic area with benches and tables. [7] The park was created from the space left by the removal of disused railway lines. [8] To the north of the neighbourhood, Cross Park also has play facilities for children as well as grass and wooded areas.

AstroTurf is an American subsidiary that produces artificial turf for playing surfaces. The original AstroTurf product was a short-pile synthetic turf. Since the early 2000s, AstroTurf has marketed taller pile systems that use infill materials to better replicate natural turf. The prime reason to incorporate AstroTurf on game fields is to avoid the cost of laying and maintaining natural turf and to maximize hours of usage. In 2016, AstroTurf became a subsidiary of German-based SportGroup, a family of sports surfacing companies, which itself is owned by the investment firm Equistone Partners Europe.

Playground Place with a specific design for children to be able to play there

A playground, playpark, or play area is a place specifically designed to enable children to play there. It is typically outdoors. While a playground is usually designed for children, some target other age groups. Berlin's Preußenpark for example is designed for people aged 70 or higher. A playground might exclude children below a certain age.

The larger Victoria Park is nearby to the west.

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Broomhill, Glasgow district of the Scottish city of Glasgow

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Jordanhill railway station Railway station in Glasgow, Scotland

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Victoria Park, Glasgow

Victoria Park is a 20-hectare (50-acre) park located in Glasgow, Scotland, adjacent to the districts of Scotstoun, Whiteinch, Jordanhill and Broomhill. The park was created and named for Queen Victoria's jubilee in 1886. The main entrances to the park are from Westland Drive, Victoria Park Drive North, and Balshagray Avenue. The Friends of Victoria Park (FoVP) is a West Glasgow group set up protect and develop Victoria Park.


Partickhill is a district of the city of Glasgow. Located to the north of Partick, south of Hyndland and west of Dowanhill, it contains mixed housing stock of tenemental type property and villa style houses, as well as some terraced homes.

Crow Road railway station was located in Glasgow, Scotland and served the Broomhill and Hyndland areas of that city.

This article deals with the history of the Partick area of Glasgow in Scotland.

Partick East/Kelvindale (ward) electoral ward of the unitary authority of Glasgow

Partick East/Kelvindale is one of the 23 wards of Glasgow City Council; used since the 2017 local election, it is one of two created from the Local Government Boundary Commission for Scotland's 5th Review. It was formed from parts of the former wards of Hillhead, Partick West, and Maryhill/Kelvin.


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