The Village of Chryston - North Lanarkshire - Scotland
The Story of Chryston
by Neil Kidd
Chryston - the late 1800s To   the   west   of   Muirhead   there   was   further   development   by   the   establishment   of   the   villages   of   Garnkirk   and   Crow   Row,   which housed mainly the workers at the two fireclay works. The   majority   of   these   families   were   from   Ireland   and   their   houses   were   in   the   Irish   style   of   terraces   with   half   doors.   Crow   Row was   situated   on   the   Cumbernauld   Road,   near   to   its   present   junction   with   Woodhead   Road,   and   Garnkirk   Village   was   at   the   top   of that road. A smaller number of houses was erected at Heathfield, which stood to the east of the station, just off Station Road. In   1878   the   Chryston   Drill   and   Public   Hall   was   built   in   Muirhead   alongside   the   new   road.   Its   affairs   were   originally   conducted   by trustees,   but   after   20   years   they   passed   control   to   the   Cadder   Parish   Council. The   Council   carried   out   remedial   improvements   by the   installation   of   acetylene   lighting,   at   a   cost   of   £44,   and   on   the   south   side   added   a   lesser   hall   to   accommodate   100   persons and also other small rooms. The "new" hall was opened again on 20th December 1898. The   original   forecourt   of   the   hall   was   altered   by   the   erection   of   the   War   Memorial,   unveiled   on   13th   October   1923   by   Lord Lamington, Depute Lord Lieutenant of the County of Lanark. It   bore   the   names   of   85   men   killed   of   missing   in   the   1914-18   conflict.   A   further   25   names   were   added   after   the   1939-45   war. The stone   for   the   memorial   came   from   a   Fife   quarry   and   was   dressed   by   employees   of   local   builders   Allan   Bros.,   Watson   & Henderson. Directly   opposite   the   hall   on   the   site   presently   occupied   by   the   Health   Clinic   stood   the   Police   Station,   built   in   the   1880s;   it   was   in use for almost 80 years until a new office and houses were built in Elmira Road. In   the   early   1900s   Crow   Row   was   demolished,   following   the   closure   of   the   Garnkirk   Fireclay   Works.   On   the   site stone   villas   (Woodside   Gardens)   were   built   and   stood   for   almost   50   years   before   being   demolished   to   allow construction of the A80 by-pass of Muirhead. Building   of   residential   villas   also   took   place   in   the   Lilybank   area   and   on   both   sides   of   Cumbernauld   Road   east   of the police station and the public hall. In   1924   the   first   council   houses,   at   Hillcrest,   consisting   of   six   semi-detached   and   two   blocks   of   four   houses were   occupied   in   South   Loan   (Chryston   Road). These   were   soon   followed   by   further   development   south   towards Cumbernauld Road, and in Bothlyn Road, originally a farm track. Later   further   building   took   place   to   extend   Bothlyn   Road.   Millbrae   Avenue,   Lorn   Avenue   and   Pentland   Road   were added to the development, so completing the cover of the green fields between the two villages. At   the   west   end   of   Muirhead,   over   the   period   1924-30,   council   houses   were   built   and   occupied   in   the   Crowwood Road   -   Laurelbank   Avenue   area,   also   on   the   north   side   of   Cumbernauld   Road   from   "Oakbank"   westwards,   and   in Knowe Road. Many   families   displaced   by   the   demolition   of   Garnkirk   village   were   rehoused.   In   the   1950s   the   area   behind   the Cumbernauld   Road   houses   was   built   on   by   the   Scottish   Special   Housing   Association   (SSHA),   many   of   these houses    being    occupied    by    miners    working    in    the    local    collieries.    In    due    course    the    construction    of    the Berryknowe estate extended almost to Lenzie Road.
Public Hall in 1923
Public Hall in 1992