The Village of Chryston - North Lanarkshire - Scotland
Chryston -1834   In   1843   the   Chryston   Funeral   Society   was   instituted.   Its   articles,   21   in   number   (revised   and   corrected   in   1868),   defined   its boundary   as   the   district   of   Chryston,   and   stipulated   that   any   Member   residing   beyond   the   boundary   must   appoint   a   substitute within   the   bounds,   to   answer   for   his   or   her   payments;   each   person   must   be   above   15   years   and   not   above   40   years   of   age,   in good health and free from any hereditary disease. There was a sliding scale of fees: Ages 15-30, 2s. entry money; 30-40, 4s.; single entrants half-price. Unmarried members, when marrying, to pay the other half of their entry money. Quarterly payment of double members 1s. 2d., and single members 7d. No member was able to make a claim on the funds of the Society until six months after admission. Chryston - 1861-1888 By   1861   the   population   had   risen   to   617   in   129   occupied   houses,   which   was   the   highest   number   reached   before   the   end   of   the century. By   that   time   Chryston   boasted   two   churches   with   large   manses   set   in   a   substantial   acreage   of   ground,   schools   adjoining   both churches,   a   ladies'   school,   blacksmiths'   forges   near   to   each   church,   a   burial   ground   provided   in   1825   next   to   the   Chapel   of   Ease, and a new one at Bedlay, in 1861, required because all the lairs in the first ground had been taken up. The   settlement   of   Muirhead   hardly   existed   before   the   beginning   of   the   19th   century,   except   for   the   open   area   known   as   "The Muir"- from which the village name was derived. The area is now known as the Moor or the Public Park. It   was   used   extensively   as   a   resting   place   by   farmers   taking   their   animals   to   the   markets   in   Glasgow   and   Falkirk. About   a   tenth   of   the   acreage   of   this   was   taken   up   by   a   pond,   so   it   was   a   suitable   place   to   stop,   considering   that the animals were driven along the dusty roads and not conveyed in trucks as today. The   change   following   the   building   of   the   Toll   Road   around   1790   was   marked   by   the   erection   of   a   five-barred   toll barrier   and   toll   house   at   the   junction   of   the   Kirkintilloch   Road   and   the   new   road,   so   ensuring   that   travellers   from all directions paid their tolls. By 1831 nine families, a total of 40 persons, were domiciled in Muirhead. The   opening   of   the   Garnkirk   &   Glasgow   Railway   and   the   setting   up   of   nearby   industries   around   that   time   had   a definite bearing on the growth of the population and the rate of building. By 1861 there were 120 persons. A   Post   Office   stood   on   the   new   road   near   to   an   inn   with   stabling   facilities   to   its   rear   -   about   150   yards   east   of   the present   junction   of   Station   Road   and   Cumbernauld   Road   -   while   to   the   west   of   the   junction   there   was   a   smithy and sawmill, near to the Toll House. Thirty years on, 73 houses formed the village and the population had doubled. The   Post   Office   had   by   now   been   moved   to   its   new   site   in   Station   Road   (which   had   been   constructed   to   allow passage of travellers and horse transport to Garnkirk Station and to the works set up near the Station). The   first   inn   on   the   Toll   Road   was   by   now   used   for   other   purposes   and   a   new   inn   was   sited   at   the   corner   of Station   Road,   where   indeed   it   remains   at   the   present   time   though   not   used   nowadays   for   accommodation purposes. In   1879   all   road   tolls   were   abolished   and   in   1888   the   toll   house   was   feued   by   Alexander   Sprot,   laird   of   Garnkirk, to   John   Hamilton   of   Sundrum.   The   house   still   stands   today,   having   at   one   stage   been   used   as   a   branch   of   the Royal Bank of Scotland before reverting once more to a dwelling house.
The Story of Chryston
by Neil Kidd
The Tollhouse
Cumbernauld Rd
Station Rd looking north