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Baldernock Community Council Meeting - 13/01/2020

Whether you live in Balmore, Bankell, Bardowie, Barnellan, Barraston, Blairskaith, the Branziet, Craigmaddie, Fluchter or Langbank, you are in the Parish of Baldernock, which was once an administrative area, but is now only referred to as a church boundary. There has been a church at Baldernock since the 13th century.

People had been around since the ice had disappeared at the end of the last ice age. There is evidence of bronze age burials and of even earlier occupation of the wooded hills and moors. At that time, the wide Kelvin Valley would be very swampy and a natural barrier, which would explain why the Roman Wall runs along higher ground on its southern edge.

Later, in feudal times, the local landlords at Mugdock, Craigmaddie, Bardowie and Bankell let out their lands to tenant farmers.

The area was self-sufficient. As well as farmers and their cotters, there were craftsmen, trades people and even coal miners living fairly isolated lives because travel was difficult. People would get about on foot or, if lucky, on horseback, until the Statute Labour Roads and Turnpikes of the 18th century made wheeled traffic really practical.

The railway came from Glasgow to Milngavie in 1863 and the railway to Torrance was built mainly for coal traffic in 1879, but also carried passengers. This was the start of Glasgow folk settling in the country. After the First World War, there was a bus service and a few people had cars.

Today there is still a mix of farming folk and those who work in the City. We don’t all know each other, but there are many activities where it is easy to meet like-minded people.

(Geoffrey Jarvis 2002)


Profile of a Parish

This publication was compiled by Mrs Jean Stewart and Illustrated by Mr Ewan Bain in 1974 in order to raise funds for the Baldernock Amenity Society to use in the service of the community. It became a major feature of the festivities throughout the community that year and is still very well remembered. Rosalind Jarvis has worked very hard to make a PDF copy that you may download here.  

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Baldernock Parish Church
Additional information on the history of Baldernock Church can be found under the Church section of this website.

Baldernock Local History Group 

Baldernock has its own local history group.  

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If you can help with contributions please email: history@baldernock.org.uk