Glasgow is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK. It has one of the largest shopping areas outside of London and boasts many fine restaurants and museums.
Pollokshields is on the southside of Glasgow approximately 3 miles from the city centre. It is a conservation area and was established by the Stirling-Maxwell family in 1849.
Many well-known Glaswegian architects contributed to its development and, amongst others, it contains villas by Glasgow’s other architectural genius Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson. There are also several contributions by contemporaries of Charles Rennie Mackintosh including a series of good ‘Glasgow style’ tenements by the architect H. E. Clifford, who was also responsible for the ‘A’ listed Pollokshields Burgh Hall.
Such was its early population growth, Pollokshields attained ‘burgh’ status in 1876. However, this ended in 1891 when after being offered favourable tax terms the residents of the burgh agreed to it becoming a suburb of the growing city of Glasgow. The Victorian and Edwardian architecture and the parks of this area have remained almost untouched, leaving the feeling of a leafy Victorian suburb, while being well within the city.
Local attractions include the Burrell Collection, Bellahouston Park and the House for an Art Lover.